Community Services opens new possibilities
Kevin Taylor, Community Services Executive Director
The establishment of Community Services marks an exciting step forward for St John of God Health Care, emphasising our commitment to people beyond our hospitals.
This commitment complements our high quality public and private hospital services with an ever-evolving range of community-based support. A commitment to reaching out – locally and personally – to support and help people in need to live their lives to the full.
Community Services supports people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised, providing a diverse range of services that enable people to define the direction of their lives and fulfil their potential. We deliver these services through two divisions:
As the largest Catholic disability service in Victoria, Accord is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider delivering compassionate support to more than 1,000 people with an intellectual disability and their families. This includes accommodation, individualised and group services, respite, therapy and behavioural support.
Working across three states, as well as in Timor-Leste, Social Outreach provides a range of accommodation, mental health, healthcare and personalised support services for people in need – people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access the help and support they require.
Compassion and respect in everything
Working with the community, in the community, enables us to adapt to emerging challenges and embrace new opportunities and technologies in our quest to reach out to more people in need and improve outcomes for the individuals and families we serve. Our caregivers provide that service, fulfilling our purpose to continue the healing mission of Jesus Christ and personifying our values of compassion, hospitality, respect, excellence and justice.
It’s an exciting, ever-changing journey we’ve embarked on.
It’s a journey that we’re able to undertake thanks to the generosity of St John of God Health Care, through the vital funding it provides for Community Services. Every caregiver who works for St John of God Health Care contributes to making this possible.