Screening and Assessment Tools
The CHSD has developed a number of screening tools that prompt assessment, referral and broader needs identification. These tools have been implemented in a series of projects, beginning with functional screening and assessment in Home and Community Care and Aged Care Programs.
At the national level, these tools are known as the Australian Community Care Needs Assessment (ACCNA) and the Carer Eligibility and Needs Assessment (CENA).
Further developments have taken place in Victoria, South Australia, NSW, Mid-North Coast [link to anchor] and Queensland, where the functional screen is part of ongoing needs identification in primary care. The suite of tools is known by different names in different jurisdictions. In Victoria, the tools are known as the Service Coordination Tools Templates (SCTT). In South Australia, it is called the "INI" (Initial Needs Identification). The "ONI" (Ongoing Needs Identification) is the common term used in New South Wales and Queensland.
The various versions of the tools and their associated reports, guidelines and manuals can be accessed below.
Should you have any questions or queries relating to the use and / or interpretation of these tools please contact the CHSD on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACCNA aimed to provide a nationally consistent approach to client assessment at the entry point to services across all community care programs.
The CENA aimed to provide consistent eligibility and needs assessment across the NRCP and also for the assessment of carers in Home and Community Care (HACC) programs.
The CHSD presentation provides more information about the background to, aims of and the development of the ACCNA and the CENA.
Final reports are available to download:
- Ramsay L, Samsa P, Owen A, Stevermuer T and Eagar K (2007) A National Approach to Assessing the Needs of Carers. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong
- Samsa P, Ramsay L, Owen A, Stevermuer T, Siminski P, Grootemaat P and Eagar K (2007) Australian Community Care Needs Assessment (ACCNA): towards a national standard. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong
Copies of the various Queensland tools are available to download:
- Ongoing Needs Identification Learning Package (copyright of the Queensland Government) [available soon]
- Ongoing Needs Identification Tool (Queensland Edition)
- Manuals for the Queensland ONI
- Queensland - Functional Screening and Assessment: How and Why
- ONI Training Resource: The ONI Song
Further information on the most recent developments of the SCTT in Victoria is available from the Victorian Department of Health.
Further information on the most recent developments of the ONI in South Australia is available from the South Australian Department of Health.
Previous versions of this suite of tools in South Australia (the INI) are available to download:
- Initial Needs Identification in South Australian Primary Care: How and Why
- South Australian Initial Needs Identification Tool
Copies of the various NSW tools are available to download:
- Ongoing Needs Identification in NSW Primary Health and Community Care: How and Why
- NSW Ongoing Needs Identification Tool
- Supplementary Guide on Establishing Priority for Service
The Mid-North Coast version of the ONI was prepared for a coordinated care trial in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
- Ongoing Needs Identification in the Mid North Coast Coordinated Care Trial: How and Why (Guidelines and Form)
This project developed the HACC functional screening tool for use in this national program. Associated reports on the development of this tool are available to download:
- National HACC Functional Screening Instrument
- National HACC Functional Assessment Instrument
- Stage 1 report of the HACC dependency data items project
- Stage 2 report of the HACC dependency data items project
- Functional Screening and Assessment: How and Why (Queensland Edition)
This program uses screening tools based on the HACC tools to assess young people with disbailities who are leaving school. Presentations and manuals supporting this tool are available to download:
- Post School Programs 2014 Presentation - Part 1: Why
- Post School Programs 2014 Presentaiton - Part 2: How
- Post School Program 2014 Manual (The NSW Post School Programs Eligibility Assessment: a guide to functional assessments in 2014)
- Eagar K, Gordon R and Green J (2003) NSW ATLAS Consumers and their Prospects. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.
For information about assessment tools for use by the Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP) and their Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs), download the following report:
- Sansoni J, Marosszeky N, Fleming G and Sansoni E (2010) Selecting Tools for ACAT Assessment: A Report for the Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP) Expert Clinical Reference Group. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong. Report for the Aged Care Assessment Program, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.