How to make a complaint, compliment, general comment or suggestion
If you are not satisfied with our service, wish to provide a compliment, comment or suggestion please contact us. We take complaints seriously and aim to resolve them quickly and fairly.
You can provide feedback using any of the following methods:
- Complete our online form
- Email your feedback to email@example.com
- Phone us on 1800 242 696
- Complete our feedback form at any LCHS site. A feedback form can be requested from our reception staff.
- Download an interactive version of our feedback form and email it back to us
- Send a letter, free of charge, to:
PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL
Latrobe Community Health Service
Reply Paid 960
MORWELL VIC 3840
If your complaint is about our Local Area Coordination or Early Childhood Approach services, then please contact Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) using the contact details above.
Please contact the NDIA if:
- your complaint is about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) itself
- your complaint is about a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Our complaints process
- We will acknowledge that we’ve received your complaint within 2 working days.
- A senior staff member will contact you to learn more about your concerns.
- Your complaint may need to be investigated. This may include talking to other people involved. We will need your consent to do this.
- We will attempt to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction.
- We will inform you of the outcome of your complaint and the reasons for our decision/s.
- We aim to resolve your issues within 30 working days.
- We will let you know how you can seek an internal review or external review of our decision if you’re not happy with the outcome.
- Following resolution of your complaint our Quality team may be in touch with you to assess your satisfaction with our complaint handling process. This will assist us in understanding how we can better receive and resolve feedback from our clients and the community.
You can expect:
- your privacy to be protected
- to be listened to with respect
- LCHS to support consumer rights to submit feedback anonymously, but may be limited when investigating anonymous complaints.
- to have someone represent you with your complaint if you wish and consent
- to have your cultural and communication needs met
- to be actively involved in the process and be asked how you would like to have your concern resolved
- to be kept informed of the progress of your complaint
- not to be charged to make a complaint. It is free.
- to receive correspondence from us explaining the resolution of your complaint and our reasons for those decision/s
- to be informed of how you can request a review of our decision/s.
Our feedback procedure adheres to all relevant state and commonwealth legislation and aligns with the Health Complaints Act 2016 complaint handling standards. A copy of these standards can be found here.
Do you need further assistance?
Please let us know if you need:
- information in another language
- an interpreter or translation service
- the national relay service
- other support to assist you in making a complaint.
Translating and Interpreting
Call TIS on: 131 450 and ask to speak to LCHS on 1800 242 696
National Relay Service
Visit the National Relay Service website or phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 242 696
Internal review options
If you are not happy with the outcome or handling of your complaint you can ask for an Executive Director to review your complaint by contacting us on 1800 242 696.
External review options
Not satisfied with our response or process? You can contact the relevant Commissioner or Ombudsman and ask them to review our response.
Health Complaints Commissioner
1300 582 113
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
1300 419 495
Department of Health (DH) and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH)
1300 884 706
Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
1800 246 054
Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
1800 951 822
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
1800 035 544
Our recent complaints and compliments data
Feedback acknowledged within two days
We aim to acknowledge your feedback within 2 days. This table shows how long we took to acknowledge your feedback.
Complaint resolved within 30 days
We aim to resolve your complaints within 30 days. This table shows how long we took to resolve those complaints.
Type of feedback
This table shows the number of feedback items we have received.
Join the Customer Voice Group
The Customer Voice Group is a diverse group of our clients and client family members. Together, they help shape the services we offer.
Using their own experiences, each group member:
- provides advice on how we can improve our services
- makes suggestions for new services
- helps design and test improvements
There are lots of opportunities to take part. For example:
- Sharing a story about your health care experience at a staff meeting.
- Helping design the spaces where we provide services.
- Walking through a waiting area, then suggesting improvements.
- Taking part in focus groups.