Aged Care Program

CHSP and other Aged Care Programs within Russian Ethnic Representative Council

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

The aim of the CHSP is to help older people live as independently as possible – with a focus on working with you, rather than doing for you. It is about working on your strengths, capacity and goals to help you remain living independently and safely at home.

You may be eligible under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme if you are:

having trouble doing everyday activities without help, and
need support to live independently in the community
and are:

65 years or older (50 years or older and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person) or
50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless or at risk of being homeless.
If you have been injured or hospitalised you may be eligible for extra services through the program for a short time to help you get back on your feet after you return home.

Social Support Groups

Social Support Groups are designed to help keep clients well and active. Activities include participating in physical activity exercises (for example, strength training, walking groups, tai chi, aqua-aerobics), arts and crafts, dancing and relaxation programs, talking with friends and receiving advice on nutrition, health and wellbeing.

Volunteer Coordination (VC)

Australian Government funds Volunteer Coordination so that staff can recruit, train, support and supervise volunteers to provide Friendly Visiting, where a volunteer regularly visits the same person to provide companionship. Stand-alone transport services also may use volunteers as drivers.


This is a group telephone call scheduled at a regular time.


Volunteers make an important contribution to CHSP. Volunteers may also work in Social Support Groups, although this is not funded through Volunteer Coordination.

Community Transport

Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria (RERC)  has a 21 seater bus which we use to go on excursions.

Wellness and Reablement 

The wellness philosophy underpins all activities under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). A wellness approach draws on the wellness philosophy to inform a way of working with people. It therefore involves working with individuals, and their carers, to maximise their independence and autonomy. The approach involves assessment, planning and delivery of supports that build on the strengths, capacity and goals of individuals, creatively addressing problems or barriers and encouraging actions that promote a level of independence in daily living tasks, as well as reducing risks to living safely at home.

Like wellness, reablement aims to assist people to reach their goals and maximise their independence and autonomy. However, reablement involves time-limited interventions that are more targeted towards a person’s specific goal or desired outcome to adapt to some functional loss or regain confidence and capacity to resume activities.

Social Support Groups 

The Social Support Groups model has developed a lot over the last six or so years, from being social meetings using an ADASS model, to PAG, and now, service delivery must be underpinned by the Wellness and Reablement principles. Every client has a detailed careplan with goals, etc (with proper initial assessments using Service Coordination Tool Templates (SCOTT), and reviewed as required, 6 or 12 monthly). There is very much a person/client-centred, although of course, with the services still being delivered in a group setting. Thus there is a lot of time intensive work to do. Under the ASM regime and with the Community Care Common Standards in mind, partnerships and referrals pathways are very important.

The focus is on “activities that are planned”, and this activity must be person-centred so that each client is working towards their specific goals, rather than just coming to the group ‘to socialise’. In other words, each client has to have an individualized approach on their purpose for doing the activity. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Each of our groups meets 48 weeks per year.
  • Sasha Ilyin is running each of these groups.

In the North-Western region we are funded for:

  • Fitzroy PAG meets every Thursday.
  • Yarraville PAG meets every Wednesday.

In the Southern Region we are funded for:

  • Prahran PAG meets every Tuesday
  • Ormond PAG meets every Friday.

Staff Development, Education and Training

All Russian Ethnic Representative Council staff will receive training appropriate to their position. By providing opportunities for staff development and encouraging staff to expand their knowledge and skills. Russian Ethnic Representative Council believes that the improved abilities of its staff will be reflected in continuing improvements to services.

Staff development, education and training is tied into the performance appraisal and staff supervision process.

Complaints and Appeals

If you wish to provide us with feedback, including complaints or compliments, you can do that on our Complaints and Appeals page.


For project details, or if you would like to help, contact:

Alexander Abramoff, T: 0419 519 027 E:

Alexander Ilyin, T: 9415 7955 E: