Day Therapy Centres
Day Therapy Centres offer physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, podiatry and other therapy services to older people in a community setting.
About the ProgramThe Day Therapy Centre Program provides a wide range of therapy services to frail older people living in the community and to residents of Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities.
There is no single model of service provision for services. They may operate across a range of therapy services, intensity and types.
Therapy services include:
- occupational therapy;
- podiatry; and
- speech therapy.
Clients can be referred to a Day Therapy Centre by a number of ways. Some of these referrals can be through:
- A General Practitioner;
- Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT);
- A social worker;
- A Geriatrician;
- Hospitals; and
- Community health workers.
Day Therapy Centres are currently funded under grants and administered through contractual arrangements between the Australian Government and the Day Therapy Centre as the grantee recipient.
Day Therapy Centre Program ManualThe DTC Program Manual outlines in more detail on how the program operates.
Note that the current DTC guidelines 2011 will be replaced with the DTC Program Manual 2012 which will come into effect from 1 July 2012. Organisations receiving funding from 2012- 13 onwards must refer to the DTC Program Manual 2012 (PDF 1504 KB).
Note: A HTML version of the DTC Program Manual is currently being prepared. If you are having difficulty downloading the PDF, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Target groupsAround 160,000 frail older people living in the community and residents of Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities received Day Therapy Centre services in 2008 – 2009.
Clients eligible to receive therapy services are:
- residents in Australian Government funded residential care facilities who have been referred for specific treatment; and
- aged persons from the community, who have been referred for specific treatment.
Service providersThere are 139 providers currently receiving funding to provide services under the Day Therapy Centre Program.
Other care servicesThere are other care services available to aged people who need help. Some of these care services include:
Further informationFurther information can be obtained by calling 1800 200 422*, this number can provide information on a range of aged care services and supports available locally and nationally. Coordination and advice can also be provided to access respite services, counselling and emotional support for carers.
*(calls from mobile phones charged at applicable rates)
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