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COMPLAINTS 

HART Services welcomes feedback & suggestions & we would certainly like to hear from you should you have any complaints regarding the service we provide.

All complaints will be dealt with in a fair and confidential manner and the service you receive will not be compromised in any way.
In some instances however there is a legal requirement and/or duty of care to disclose information to an external body e.g. if harm to self or others seems likely or if there are legal implications inherent in the complaint.

You have the right to use an advocate (family member, friend or advocacy service) and we can assist with finding someone to represent you if needed. 

PROCEDURE
In the first instance, if you feel comfortable, raise your complaint with the staff member concerned with the service you use. You may also speak directly to the C.E.O on (02) 6628 6000.

Should the complaint be related to the C.E.O, if you are not comfortable raising your concerns with them you can contact the Chairperson of the Board of Management (see contact details further on).

Each person has the opportunity to nominate the person they want at the service as the key contact regarding the complaint.

After raising your complaint you will be contacted within 1 week to acknowledge the complaint and outline timeframes for investigation and resolution. 
While we aim to resolve complaints as quickly as possible, if your complaint cannot be resolved within 1 month you will be provided with progress reports.

At the end of this process the final outcome will be discussed with you, we will ask for feedback as to your satisfaction with the resolution and any improvement to the overall process you may be able to suggest.

If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may raise the issue with the Chairperson of the Board of Management by way of phone conversation or written letter if you prefer.
To arrange this phone (02) 6628 600 or write to The Chairperson of the Board of Management, PO Box 1788, Lismore NSW 2480. Please mark the envelope CONFIDENTIAL.

If further action is required, you may wish to phone the:
AGED CARE COMPLAINTS SCHEME 1800 550 552 
A free call from fixed lines; calls from mobiles may be charged at a higher rate or
via the Internet http://agedcarecomplaints.gov.au/


Letter

you can write to:  
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner
GPO Box 9848
Sydney

Make sure your letter includes:

  • your name, address and telephone number
  • the date you lodged your complaint
  • details of your complaint, including specific dates of events and relevant comments
  • the name of the aged care home or service and the state/territory in which it is located
  • the name of the person recieving aged care that your complaint relates to.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, contact them through the National Relay Service.

  • TTY and Speak and Listen users: phone 1800 555 667 then ask for 1800 550 552
  • Speak and Listen users:phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 550 552
  • Internet relay users: contact the National relay Service and enter 1800 550 552 

NDIS COMMISSION - from their website

People with disability have the right to complain about the services they receive.
Most NDIS providers do their best to provide quality supports and services to people with disability, but issues can occur.

If you have a concern about your current NDIS supports or services, it is important that you talk about it.

Complaints are important—they can help providers improve the quality of services they provide, so your complaint can help other people too.

If you feel comfortable, you are encouraged to raise your concern or complaint with your provider first, as this is often the best way to have your issue resolved quickly. All registered NDIS providers must have a complaints management and resolution system in place.

If the provider is unable to resolve your concern or complaint, then you should seek further support.

You may seek support from family, friend or an independent advocate to support you in making a complaint. For further information see: Disability Advocacy.

If you are in New South Wales or South Australia, a complaint can be made to the NDIS Commission by:

  • Phoning: 1800 035 544 (free call from landlines) or TTY 133 677. Interpreters can be arranged.
  • National Relay Service and ask for 1800 035 544.
  •  Completing a complaint contact form.

The NDIS Commission can take complaints about:

  • services or supports that were not provided in a safe and respectful way
  • services and supports that were not delivered to an appropriate standard

Further information can be found at 
https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/participants/complaints

We acknowledge and respect the traditional land owners, the Bundjalung people,  on whose land we work and live.
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