About the Program
The Aged Care Access Program works to improve access to primary health care services for older people through the provision of allied health services to residential aged care residents and older people in the community.
Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF)
Residents of Commonwealth funded Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in the region can access our speech pathology, dietetic, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services, where these services are not covered by Medicare or other government funding arrangements.
Community Care and Home and Community Care (HACC)
The aims of these services are to prevent hospital emergency department admissions, early admission to residential aged care facilities, or increased need for higher level care packages. Home care package providers, GPs, community nurses or aged care social workers can access the services by completing the Aged Care Access Program referral form and sending it directly to Black Swan Health.
Typical Program Activities:
• Accredited practising dietitians, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists provide one-on-one consultations
• Speech pathology services are available for assessment and management of communication issues and/or swallowing problems. For speech pathology referrals please also refer to the section called “How to identify the level of urgency for a Speech Pathology Referral” on the bottom of the referral form.
• Dietetic services are available for the assessment and management of residents at nutritional risk. *Please note: all dietitian referrals require the completion of a Three Day Intake Diary.
• Occupational therapy services will support the resident to maintain independence and participate in meaningful activities
• Physiotherapy services are available to support clients where there is a falls risk, or where recommendations for aids to assist with daily living are required. Please note that aids will not be supplied or purchased for the individual