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Australian Unity broadens home care reach in Victoria’s Ballarat and Grampians region

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25 Nov 2015

Based in Ballarat, Homecare Plus is a well-regarded home care agency that provides home care and personal care services to clients throughout the Ballarat and Grampians region.

Homecare Plus employs approximately 40 support workers and coordinators, has an established client base, and provides home care services for a number of health organisations including the Department of Human Services, Ballan District Health, Hepburn Health Service, and Ballarat Health Service.

The purchase of Homecare Plus follows Australian Unity’s recent transfer agreement with the NSW Government to transfer the Home Care Service of NSW to Australian Unity.

Australian Unity Retirement Living Chief Executive Officer, Derek McMillan, said "the acquisition is a positive move for both Homecare Plus and Australian Unity, and affirms our ongoing strategy to strengthen our Home Care operation, especially in regional and country areas".

"The acquisition will create for Australian Unity a stronger presence in the Ballarat and Grampians region while continuing to deliver the same high level of care to clients, and without the need to change existing staff and their employment arrangements.

"The acquisition will also create new and exciting opportunities for our combined staff and expand the existing range of wellbeing services we provide to customers," Mr McMillan said.

Homecare Plus Director, Clare Irving, who will remain with the business, said "joining forces with Australian Unity will provide our valued staff with the opportunity to access the training and education possibilities that a large company like Australian Unity can offer".

"We are excited about the future and together, we are confident that we can grow the business further and create additional employment in the region over time.

"We will be working closely with Australian Unity to ensure the transition is managed as smoothly as possible and clients continue to enjoy the same high level of care during this period," Ms Irving said.

The transaction is expected to be completed in December 2015.

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About Homecare Plus

Homecare Plus is a homecare agency established to provide an easily accessible and affordable home service to clients including personal care, in-home respite care, domestic cleaning, and home and garden maintenance throughout the Ballarat region. Homecare Plus employs approximately 40 staff, including personal carers, domestic cleaners and maintenance workers who understand that sensitivity and discretion are important factors in all facets of care.

For further information please contact: 
Dotti Sing, Communications Projects Manager, on (03) 8682 6710 or dsing@australianunity.com.au 


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