Eureka’s Director Michael O’Hanlon has managed aged and disability services

for four councils and has an in-depth knowledge of community aged care.

Highlights include the development of alternatives to delivered meals for isolated elderly residents of Bacchus Marsh, establishment of the CACP packages between three local governments in the western region, providing streamlined

assessment and care management processes, developing with his team an innovative cottage respite service in

Williamstown and being responsible for a significant upgrade of aged care facilities in each municipality.


Michael coordinated the development of the aged and disability plan for the City of Melbourne Lifelong Melbourne
2006–2016: Creating Opportunities for Positive Ageing. Michael conducted the literature review and coordinated
internal and external input into the development of the Plan.

This landmark plan provides 5 strategic directions that continue to guide planning,

resource allocation and service delivery at the City of Melbourne:

  1. To offer choice in services rather than a one-size-fits-all model;

  1. To encourage independence and self-care. Reshape service delivery with more emphasis on active living programs;

  1. To provide information and equitable service access;

  1. To promote active and supportive neighbourhoods and improve community connections and mutual support; and

  1. To promote local and relevant residential and home-package aged care available to seniors in the municipality

             when needed.


Michael coordinated Local Government Community Services policy for the six western municipalities of Melbourne through leadership of the community services portfolio as part of the Western Region Forum of CEO’s and Mayors. He coordinated a successful regional campaign to increase Home and Community Care (HACC) funding which involved analysis of the funding model, benchmarking and extensive liaison with service providers and took  the lead in lobbying and advocating through a media campaign, Ministerial delegations and regional briefings of Mayors and CEO’s. The campaign resulted in a
substantial allocation of additional funding to disadvantaged outer urban areas of Melbourne.


Michael has commissioned five aged and disability community care centres including sourcing funding and leading multidisciplinary teams.  He developed the $2.5M community hub at Walker Close, Altona North, one of the states’ most disadvantaged communities, at nil cost to Council. he expanded the existing Seniors centre and built a new Kindergarten, Community Centre, Library access point, and an Allied Health and Family Consulting Area to provide an integrated

community service hub for residents.

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