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Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP)

HARP is a team of experienced health workers who see people in the community. We hope this information will assist you in making a decision about whether our service will be of use to you.

What we do

The HARP service work with you to determine your support needs. We aim to improve your ability to self-manage your conditions and circumstances.

Areas we often help with are:

  • Support and education to manage your health
  • Discuss your needs with people you identify as appropriate for example:
    • You and your family or carer
    • Other health providers including your GP and hospital
    • Other support services

Link you with appropriate services:

  • Coordinate services and appointments
  • Help communication between many agencies and health professionals
  • We aim to ensure you are receiving the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Who we care for

We care for people in the community. We work with people who have complex medical conditions. The person may also have complex social conditions too.

We help people who are living with:

  • Chronic illness eg lungs, heart, diabetes, kidney disease
  • Issues with wellbeing, confidence, self-esteem, social, spiritual and emotional health
  • Complex care needs

Commonly asked questions

Where do I go for HARP?
We come to you at home or near to you in your local community

What does this service cost?
This is a free service.



03 5232 5100



Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:00 pm 


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How to access this service
We accept referrals for people who live in the Colac Otway Shire catchment.

HARP may receive a referral from hospital staff or from your GP. You or your family can also refer to us directly. Although a GP referral is not essential, involvement of your GP is encouraged.