The Ministry works with the Australian Government to ensure older people are able to access the care they require, whether it is health services or aged care services. NSW Health operate a range of Australian Government funded aged care services including:
Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assess clients with more complex and multiple care needs for referral to the appropriate services such as home care, residential or transitional care.
Regional Assessment Service (RAS) for entry-level support provided under the Commonwealth Home Support Services (CHSP);
- Services funded through the
Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
CHSP services provided by NSW Health may be short-term, intermittent or ongoing, and can include help with daily tasks, home modifications, transport, social support, and nursing care.
- The national
Transition Care Programme (TCP) is known as the
Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) in NSW. This program provides short-term care to help older people recover from a hospital stay and regain function. Different types of care and support may be provided in a TACP package, such as low intensity therapy (for example, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and other allied health care), nursing support and personal care. TACP is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.
- State Government Residential Aged Care Facilities.
The Ministry is also supports the ongoing implementation and measurement of a wellness and reablement approach in aged care services provided by NSW Health. The approach ensures that older people live as active, purposeful, healthy, and independent lives as they can and, where possible, remain living in their own homes.
The Ministry also has policy responsibility for:
Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) is a NSW government scheme that provides financial assistance to eligible patients who travel for treatment not available locally.
Assistive technology is provided throughout NSW Health (Local Health Districts, Specialty Health Networks and HealthShare NSW (EnableNSW)). Assistive technology provided by NSW Health is standardised equipment, primarily loaned to people who are not eligible for aids and equipment through other schemes to support health needs.