Initiatives and programs

We're working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help improve your health and the health of all Australians.

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  • SIRS is the Australian Government’s proposed approach to reduce the risk of abuse and better respond to serious incidents in government-subsidised residential aged care. SIRS will build the ability of providers to better manage incidents if they occur and make sure care recipients are supported.

  • This measure is testing different ways of helping people to understand and engage with the aged care system. It will inform decisions about how to best support people to navigate aged care.

  • This program supports flexible ways of providing care where mainstream services cannot meet needs. It currently funds 8 innovative projects that focus on younger people with disabilities. The program stopped funding new projects in 2006.

  • The CVS arranges volunteer visits to older people to provide friendship and companionship. Visits are available to anyone receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or Home Care Packages.

  • DBMAS helps staff and carers supporting people living with dementia. This includes assessment, clinical support, care planning, mentoring, link to current research and a 24-hour help line.

  • 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.

  • Dementia-Friendly Communities is an Australian Government-funded program to build understanding, awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community.

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

  • The Dementia Training Program offers a national approach to accredited education, upskilling, and professional development in dementia care.

  • The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is a research program that is investing $185 million from 2018–19 to 2028–29. It aims to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer, and access quality care when they need it.

  • 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.

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing end of their life.

  • The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) provides a payment to help with some of the costs of your continence products.

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