Community Health Program
The Community Health Program (CHP) delivers allied health, nursing and counselling services to the Victorian community. The delivery of these supports and services is flexible and responsive to the needs of people and local communities. In this way, the CHP focuses on person-centred and well coordinated care.
Providing appropriate healthcare for people in the community is a priority in Victoria. The Community Health Program (CHP) is an important part of providing this community-based care.
The Department of Health & Human Services has developed guidelines for the program, referred to as the Community Health Integrated Program (CHIP) guidelines. These guidelines describe what is expected of organisations funded to deliver the CHP. The aim is to improve consistency across the state in planning, program design and service delivery as well as to clarify expectations for coordinated service provision. The guidelines are evidence based, and translate that evidence into practical components that underpin program delivery. This will ensure the CHP is well positioned to respond to the current and future challenges.
Guidelines for child health guidelines, refugees and asylum seekers and the care of people with chronic disease
Stand-alone guidelines for children and refugee and asylum seeker populations and people with chronic conditions are available. These complementary guidelines provide guidance on meeting the specific needs of these priority population groups.
The guideline Care for people with chronic conditions is also supported with a Summary of the guide and case studies from community health services.
Preliminary revision of the Community Health Program Guidelines suite
In April 2019, The Department of Health and Human Services completed a preliminary revision of the suite of Community Health Program Guidelines. The suite of guidelines includes:
- Community health integrated program guidelines: direction for the community health program
- Refugee and asylum seeker health services: guidelines for the community health program
- Child health services: guidelines for the community health program
- Care for people with chronic conditions: guidelines for the community health program
Further revision and updates will be made as actions in response to the Victorian Auditor General’s Office audit of the Community Health Program are progressively implemented.