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The arbias housing service is a unique service which offers individuals with an acquired brain injury (ABI) the opportunity to live in supported, semi supported and independent living accommodation options located throughout Metropolitan Melbourne.
Through partnerships with affordable housing organizations such as Unison and Housing Choices Australia, arbias offers individuals with a range of short and long term accommodation options.
Paxton House is a 10 bed supported transitional accommodation facility located in North Melbourne. Close to amenities, Paxton House is semi staffed by community support workers with specialist knowledge and experience in the ABI sector. The Paxton House program duration spans from six months to two years depending on individual need. Service users are supported to develop Individualised Plans which guide their rehabilitation in all life areas. Emphasis is placed on supporting individuals to link with and access local community supports, participate within and become valued members of the broader community.
The Paxton House program is a service which encourages and enables independence through person directed support which is geared towards skill building and community involvement. Where possible, residents are encouraged and supported to transition into more independent living options via the arbias continuum of support model where they live through supports sought via the local community or via the Disability Support Register.
This shared supported accommodation facility is the ideal entry point for individuals who require support to maintain their accommodation and increase confidence through skill development and who have a long term goal of living independently.
These residences are two near-new two and three bedroom units located close to public transport and amenities (including Northland). Whilst encouraging independence and privacy, these units are suitable to individuals who have low to moderate support needs.
With nine hours of support weekly and access to the Outreach and afterhours Emergency On call services; this property is suitable for individuals who require long term accommodation with supports.
The Marshall St location provides accommodation for 8 individuals. A four minute walk provides access to a full range of services including public transport, shops, local councils services, library, post office and banking.
Constructed within a two storey structure with disability access to two of the units these long term accommodation options are designed to provide residents with secure, private and independent living options which encourage and enable community inclusion. These are open plan units comprising a kitchen, dining, lounge, and bed area. Toilet and shower facilities are in a separate room within each unit and residents have access to a communal laundry with an adjacent sitting area, communal garden/courtyard and BBQ area. Parking is available for all residents.
arbias has 10 nomination rights at this brand new housing complex. These are made up of 7 single dwellings and 3 single dwellings with disability access. All of these units have a separate bathroom area. In total there are 86 units within the development incorporating families, low income earners and people living on pensions.
The Wellington Street complex is located near to Gertrude Street and Smith Street, on the cusp of Fitzroy. The development is closely located near to the Neighborhood Justice Centre, public transport and walking distance to the CBD.
arbias have 8 nomination rights at this property, also just recently completed. All are single dwelling units with separate bathrooms. In total there are 54 units within the development. Flockhart Street is in close proximity to the Victoria Gardens Shopping Complex, Yarra Bend Park and is easily accessible to the Victoria Street Tram.
Based on the existing Common Ground model of Supportive Housing, there is an office on the ground floor of the Collingwood complex where multidisciplinary staffing teams from various organisations, including arbias , will co-locate with the intention of providing collaborative and consultative supports for residents based at both locations. The Wellington Street complex provides satellite support for residents at the Flockhart Street complex.
Both locations have secure access 24 hours a day and access to 24 hour on call support in an emergency.
All apartments are supplied with basic furnishings – a bed, dining table and white goods. Residents can access a communal laundry on each level of the building.
Other Transitional and Long Term Housing Options
arbias manages twenty-one other one and two-bedroom transitional and long-term housing sites which are located throughout eastern, southern and northern metropolitan Melbourne. arbias provides outreach support to each of the individuals living in these units.
TAC RIPL Housing
arbias supports folk who are receiving compensation from the TAC following a vehicle accident. These services are currently provided at sites in Glenroy, Abbottsford and Wheelers Hill. The RIPL/arbias service is an authentic independence residential support service where tenants are assisted to gain life skills re0intergrate into their local community. These people are also assisted to transition to other housing options that will meet their personal aspirations and goals if they so choose.
The following services are available in New South Wales. Take some time to review each page. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.
Registered NDIS Provider
arbias flexible outreach services provides prevocational and employment services, recreation services, and community support services for people with alcohol or other substance related brain impairment. The service is facilitated by a team of staff who specialise in providing support at each level of the program offered and have the ability to assist you to navigate and understand the NDIS service system.
Our flexible outreach service uses a person centred approach to work with the person in determining their employment, health and well being and other community support needs.
At arbias, we focus on individual strengths, choices, preferences and interests when we work with you in exploring opportunities.
People with acquired brain injury can access the flexible outreach service by contacting arbias. We ask that you self refer or have someone refer on your behalf by filling in a simple referral form (see below).
Service priority is given to people who:
Once a referral is made, the appropriate worker will meet with you to discuss your request in more detail. You may choose to have a support person present. This meeting usually occurs in the home or in an environment where you feel comfortable. We can assist you to navigate and understand the NDIS Service System.
At this first meeting the worker will also outline the information required by arbias (i.e. support plan, other services providing you with support etc.). This initial meeting provides an opportunity for you to determine whether or not we are the most appropriate service. If it is determined that we are not the most appropriate service option for you, then arbias will assist you to access a service more suited to your needs.
There are fees associated with access flexible outreach services and it is a compensable service only. Fees are based on a means test and is typically funded through individualised support packages (ISPs), assisted community living packages (ACL’s), brokerage funds and funds held in court or by financial administrators.
Brain Injury Awareness Week 11 – 17 August 2014
As part of Brain Injury Awareness Week arbias would like to offer interested parties free posters to promote awareness of alcohol related acquired brain injury. There are 4 types of awareness raising posters available in size A1:
- A hangover for life
- Is it worth a punt
- How little is too much
- Every binge drinking session is causing you damage