Case Management

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During the last few years, communities within the Mount Alexander Shire region have experienced severe fire events and flooding. Castlemaine District Community Health Case Managers have worked closely with individuals and communities to assist people in accessing grants, link people in with essential services and provide a range of services and activities to help strengthen communities.



Flood Recovery

Castlemaine District Community Health had a Floods Recovery Case Manager, who ensured that individual residents and communities in Mount Alexander Shire were aware of all the information and support services available to them to assist a speedy recovery from the effects of the floods.




Redesdale Fire Recovery

During 2009 - 2010, Castlemaine District Community Health provided a case management response in the Redesdale fire-affected area, funded through the Victorian Bushfire Case Management Service (VBCMS).  Case managers Elaine Atkinson, Viv Bourke and Peter Gladman used an outreach model to provide direct service to 55 households and were involved in broader community recovery activities, working closely with residents, bushfire recovery staff at Mount Alexander Shire and other agencies in identifying and providing a range of social and wellbeing activities for the local community.
Activity evolved from the early months after the fires, when the focus was largely on assisting people to access grants and restore basic services, to a longer term community development approach.

Castlemaine District Community Health took a lead role in responding to community need and was successful in applying for grants for the Youth Participate and Innovate program, Parenting After the Bushfires program, and Health and Wellbeing for Older People program which has seen the establishment of physical and social activities for people over 50. These programs have a strong partnership approach with other agencies.

The VBCMS finished in February 2011 but case managers have provided an important bridge in linking individual psychosocial recovery to ongoing, sustainable community activities and programs that aim to strengthen the community in the longer term.