The National Health reform has brought changes to the joint HACC program.
Up to 30 June 2012 Still Gardening was funded by the joint Australian Government and State and Territory HACC program whose client group were frail aged and younger people with a disability and their carers.
From 1 July 2012 the State Government will have funding responsibility for programs for people with disabilities and the Commonwealth Government will have funding responsibility for programs for older people.
As Still Gardening’s client group were almost entirely older people, its funding source is now the Commonwealth HACC program. Still Gardening will continue to work with its current clients with disabilities, however in line with with our new funding agreement, the program’s target group will be people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their carers.
Still Gardening is currently working on a Start-Up kit for other areas or community organisations who would like to develop a Garden Mates program based on the Still Gardening model. Contact our office if you would like more information.