Aged care initiatives and programs

A list of initiatives and programs relating to aged care.

  • The Australian Government is expanding eligibility for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative for aged care residents. Find out more.

  • This package of initiatives is helping to reduce the use of physical and chemical restraint in aged care homes. There have been changes to the legislation about using physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care, and some practical measures put in place.

  • The Multi-Purpose Services Program combines funding for aged care services from the Australian Government with state and territory health services. This joint initiative means small regional and remote communities can offer flexible aged care services that meet the needs of their community.

  • My Aged Care aims to make it easier for older people, their families, and carers to find information on ageing and aged care in Australia. We provide online information and trained call centre staff to help you get an older person’s needs assessed and to find and access services.

  • We fund this program to provide culturally appropriate aged care to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The service providers in this program deliver a mix of aged care services, mainly in rural and remote areas.

  • NACAP provides free and confidential advocacy support to older people and their carers. It also helps aged care service providers to understand their responsibilities and the consumer rights of the people they care for.

  • Find out more about the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program. Learn what the quality indicators are and how the program works.

  • The NDSP is an Australian Government initiative to fund information, education programs, services and resources.

  • palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. It provides support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers. The website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.

  • PICAC supports aged care service providers to deliver care that meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people. You can access their workshops, training, information sessions, fact sheets and guides.

  • Aged care providers sometimes deliver services to younger people with a disability. Learn more about the NDIS and how it supports younger people to access services, and how to become an NDIS provider.

  • We are trialling reablement care approaches among CHSP providers in selected regions. The trial will give us a better idea of how these approaches help senior Australians stay independent for longer. Find out how it affects CHSP providers.

  • SDAP provides free professional support to aged care service providers located in remote areas or who provide care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to help providers in 3 main areas – provider capacity and support, sector development and infrastructure project management.

  • Residential aged care is for senior Australians who can no longer live independently at home. The Australian Government funds residential aged care to make it more affordable and accessible.

  • The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) is helping to reduce abuse and neglect in Australian Government-subsidised residential aged care. The SIRS builds providers’ skills so they can better manage, respond to, and prevent incidents and better support care recipients.

  • Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) help aged care providers who care for people will severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care settings. They provide expert and timely advice when needed.

  • The STRC Programme provides services to older people for up to 8 weeks to help them delay or avoid long-term care. Read about the STRC Programme, including how it's managed, approved provider responsibilities, and how to deliver STRC services.

  • If you provide Australian Government–subsidised aged care services, you can access free sign language interpreting services to support clients who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.

  • The SDCP funds specialist dementia care units in residential aged care homes. The units provide specialised care to people with very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. They aim to reduce or stabilise symptoms so that people can move into less intensive care settings.

  • This program helps older people get back on their feet after a hospital stay. It provides short-term care for up to 12 weeks, including social work, nursing support, personal care and allied health care. State and territory governments are the approved providers of transition care.

  • Approved providers of government-subsidised aged care can use the Translating and Interpreting Service for free when discussing care needs, fees, care plans and budgets with clients. The Australian Government funds these services so that all people can take an active role in their aged care.

  • The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre brought together Australian and Victorian Government agencies to manage the response to
    COVID-19 in Victorian residential aged care facilities.

  • For your Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service to remain eligible for government funding, you need to embed wellness and reablement services into your organisation. Join our community of practice and find resources to help you.

  • The Government is working to stop the flow of younger people (under the age of 65) going into residential aged care, and to help younger people who are already in residential aged care to move to age-appropriate accommodation and support.

Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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