Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Service Development Assistance Panel (SDAP)

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.

About SDAP

Panel members – qualified and experienced professionals – work with your service to improve the way you deliver and administer aged care to address challenges like:

  • clinical care
  • financial and workforce planning
  • governance and regulation.

This program also provides culturally appropriate support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care services.

Eligibility

If you’re an aged care service provider, you can apply if you meet one or both of the below:

  • You’re located in a small rural town or remote area (Modified Modified Model 5–7). From 1 July 2024, eligibility will be extended to include MMM 4 aged care providers.
  • You provide services to a significant number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples anywhere in Australia.

This includes:

Providers in rural and remote areas delivering aged care services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) may be eligible.

Why it is important

Aged care service providers in rural and remote areas face challenges such as:

  • higher cost of providing services
  • limited access to professional services
  • lower supply of skilled workers
  • keeping up with changes to the aged care system.

Extra support can help these service providers build capacity and improve the quality of their aged care services to comply with standards and legislative requirements.

Support available

Panel members work with you to improve the way you deliver and administer services. They do this through offsite mentoring and onsite training.

You can access support in 3 main areas – provider capacity and support, sector development and infrastructure project management.

Provider Capability and Support

This support helps you to comply with aged care legislation, quality standards and program guidelines. It can include help to:

  • build capability in providing quality aged care services
  • meet legislative and regulatory responsibilities
  • enhance staff and management capabilities
  • gain effective financial management and governance.

Sector Development

This support can help you to:

  • reposition your business or adopt changes to the aged care system
  • deliver workshops to enhance workforce and training
  • deliver one-day, in-person workshops to over 250 eligible remote aged care providers across Australia
  • run education and awareness activities suited to different service types and delivery models
  • plan and develop options to deliver a blended care model.

Infrastructure Project Management

This support helps you to comply with relevant laws including the Building Code of Australia. It can include help to:

  • project manage building works within your service
  • engage with communities and stakeholders
  • review and assess buildings and infrastructure
  • develop and review building concept plans.

The Rural and Remote Aged Care Management Training Program

The Rural and Remote Aged Care Management Training Program provides training to aged care managers working in rural and remote settings throughout Australia.

There are no pre-requisites for the course other than to be working as rural and remote aged care managers, including coordinators and any relief staff.

The program is delivered by experienced trainers who can show the participants what they need to do, and the processes they can employ, to ensure that they meet their responsibilities to consumers, communities, and organisations.

The program is divided into three parts:

  • a webinar covering foundational topics and pre-readings
  • A five-day face-to-face workshop
  • right weeks post workshop 1:1 mentoring/support averaging two hours a week.

To register, see the Barbara Schmidt and Associates website.

Resources and support

Introduction to Aged Care – Video series

We created a video series to help aged care services build organisational and staff capability.  The animated videos aim to:

  • attract workers to the aged care sector
  • induct new staff
  • help new and existing aged care staff understand aged care concepts.

The following resources may be helpful:

How to apply

Read and complete the SDAP Application Form 

For further information email sdap@health.gov.au if you have any questions or contact your local Department of Health office to discuss your support needs

After you apply

We consider applications based on need and available funding. We will let you know if you’re successful.

If successful, we will:

  • ask panel members for a quote
  • assess the quotes based on their ability to meet your needs and value for money
  • let you know who the successful panel member is.

The panel member will contact you to discuss the project. 

Panel members

If you are a panel member, read the Panel Member Booklet for information about your responsibilities and SDAP processes. The booklet is designed to be read with your Deed of Standing Offer.

Contact

Remote and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Aged Care SDAP contact

Email us if you have questions about the Remote and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Service Development Assistance Panel (SDAP).
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