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Historic End to Institutional Care in Victoria

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NDS welcomes recent news that institutional care in Victoria has come to a historic end with the closure of the state’s last institution for people with disability, Colanda Residential Services. This closure coincides with the completion of the transfer of all government disability accommodation and respite services to five non-government providers: Aruma, Home@Scope, Life Without Barriers, Melba Support Services and Possability.

On 30 October 2019, Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan announced that the final residents at Colanda Residential Services in Colac have moved into their new homes and are receiving high quality care closer to family, friends and community.

Since 2018, 15 new homes have been constructed for Colanda’s 74 residents as part of an investment of $25 million by the Victorian Government to end institutionalised care, and commitment to ensure people with disability have more say in where and how they want to live.

There are six new homes in Colac, seven in the Geelong area, and one each in Warrnambool and Ballarat. The new homes offer 24 hour support, personal space and privacy, and have been built in close consultation with people receiving supports to ensure their needs and preferences are met, marking a positive step towards more contemporary and personalised support for Colanda residents.

If you know of family members or guardians with questions, please contact either Joy McLean, Manager, or Carolyn Sinclair, Operations Manager, from Colanda Residential Services on (03) 5231 4400. For any other questions please contact Tony Jenkins on (03) 4243 5111.
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Cassidy Livingstone, Sector Development Coordinator, NDIS & Zero Tolerance Initiative, 03 8341 4337,