Developing a National Assessment Framework for Aged Care
This project began in late 2011 with the aim being to develop a model for national Aged Care Assessment as part of the government response to the Productivity Commission’s report on Caring for Older Australians. The project continued into 2012 with the aim being to outline the components of a recommended national assessment system. The work in this project brought together the community care assessment work, carried out over a period of more than ten years within the CHSD (http://ahsri.uow.edu.au/chsd/screening/index.html), with the more recent work by AHOC for a different section of the same Department on standardising the tools used by aged care assessment teams as gatekeepers for residential care.
We undertook an academic/clinical review of aged care assessment tools being used in Australia, and developed an assessment framework and tool as a recommended model for future use as a “front-end” for aged care services. It recommended a national system that included a data repository, a data sharing model, linkages to local systems, assessment role delineation for service providers and specialist assessment agencies and accredited assessors. It proposed a three level model of assessment Level 1 for people with low needs and need some basic services, Level 2 for people who have mild to moderate problems and require access to more than a couple of basic services, and Level 3 for people who have moderate to high problems and/ or complex needs and require a comprehensive assessment for access to packaged or residential care. The recommended assessment tool focused on Levels 1 and 2 and was designed to be built on for Level 3 assessments. A prototype software tool was developed and a usability study was undertaken by the UOW Activity Theory Usability Laboratory with a sample of experienced assessors.
Sansoni J, Samsa P, Owen A and Eagar K (2012) Overlaps between Initial Intake Assessments and ACAT Assessment and Suggested Modifications. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.