We are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of our older community members by fostering an accessible, welcoming and inclusive community, where older people can stay active and participate in all aspects of community life. To assist this commitment we provide the following information and resources.
For further information about healthy ageing in Bass Coast please contact our Access and Healthy Ageing Officer via the 'Connect with us' details at the bottom of the page.
Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2021
Victoria’s one million people aged 60 years and older will be celebrated when the 39th Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined kicks off this July.
This year’s Festival is a hybrid event, commencing with online performances including video and radio programming featuring a remarkable range of Victorian and Australian performers, creators, makers and thinkers from July and live events from October.
This year’s theme is ‘Keep’n on’ which encourages older Victorians to get back out there and learn new skills, make new friends and take part in fun-filled activities. The month-long live Festival features a range of entertainment, tours, workshops and experiences across sports, wellness, education and the arts.
For more information about events and activities, visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festival.
Step Outside. Move Your Way
Step Outside, Move Your Way aims to encourage people 55+ to become more active outdoors. Be inspired by this short 5-minute video featuring locals moving in the natural environment of Bass Coast and South Gippsland. You may even recognise some of the participants!
For more information go to the Step Outside. Move Your Way website
Aged and Disability and Assessment Services
Aged and Disability Services, including the Carer Support Program, Planned Activity Groups (PAG) and Assessment Services in Bass Coast Shire, are provided by mecwacare.
Government subsidised services may be available for older residents, people with a disability, or their carers. The first step in the process is to request an assessment.
Assessments are free of charge and help determine a person’s individual care and support needs and their eligibility to support services.
Residents aged 65 and over can request assessment services via Government’s ‘My Aged Care’ website or by calling 1800 200 422.
Residents under the age of 65 can request assessment services by contacting mecwacare's Intake Team on (03) 8573 4980.
Further information on assessment services in Victoria can be accessed through the State Government's health.vic website.
Veterans of the Australian Defence Forces; Australian Mariners; or Defence war widows who have:
• A Repatriation Health Card – for all conditions (Gold Card); or
• A Repatriation Health Card – for specific conditions (White Card)
may be eligible for an assessment through the The Veteran Home Care (VHC) assessment agency, Benetas. An assessment or review of VHC services can be requested on 1300 550 450. If eligible, Benetas will link you with a service provider in your area.
Commonwealth Government Aged Care
For further information about what services the Commonwealth Government provide, go to their aged care page.
Access to client information
Prior to 1 January 2020, we provided Aged and Disability and Assessment Services for the Bass Coast Shire. A copy of all client records, preceding this date are retained by us and will be disposed of in accordance with our Disposal Management Plan. Former clients of our aged and disability services can request access to their file by contacting the Freedom of Information Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.
Transport and Carer Support Services
Medical transport can be organised by calling
- Family Resource Centre, Bass Coast Health (03) 5671 3372
- Bass Coast Health (03) 5671 3333
- Red Cross Transport - doctor's referral is required for this service
Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is one of the largest providers of aged, disability and carer services in Gippsland. They offer a range of activities or events for carers to access.
Carer Gateway provides free support services to any person who provides unpaid care to a family member, friend or neighbour with a mental illness, disability, chronic health issue or age related condition. The local community health provider of this service in Gippsland is Uniting Vic Tas.
Advocacy Services for Older People
Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) Tel: 1800 700 600 (6am-10pm, 7 days per week)
Free aged care advocacy services, information about aged care service provision, referrals and the rights and responsibilities of consumers, free information and education sessions to consumers and providers of Commonwealth funded aged care services.
National Seniors advocacy for older Australians. Tel: 1300 76 50 50
Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) and National Seniors Australia Partnership Tel: 1800 171 866
A dedicated free helpline aimed at supporting the mental health of those affected by the spread of COVID-19 is available for older Australians. The phone line is staffed by people who can offer practical help and advice.
Seniors Rights Victoria Tel: 1300 368 821
Information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
Are you looking for something to do? Somewhere to go?
The Seniors Festival will again be offered with some online components consisting of videos and radio programs featuring professional performers, community based cultural group and older people from a variety of backgrounds. It is also hoped there will be some actual events around the area. We will upload more information and links as they become available.
Dates for your calendar: Free public transport Sunday, 3 October to Sunday, 10 October, 2021.
As part of the festival free public transport covering all metropolitan services, V/line services and regional town bus services will be available for Victorian Senior Card Holders.
As the Seniors Festival was unable to be held in 2020, DHHS created a virtual festival. Have a look at some of the broadcasts produced this year, you are sure to find something to interest you.
Moving for Life
Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc (AMCS) facebook page page is designed to promote active, healthy ageing. Check it out.