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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program aims to provide quality, flexible and culturally appropriate aged care to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people close to their home and community.
There are currently 29 services funded under the program, with the majority located in very remote or remote areas. Services funded under the program deliver a flexible mix of residential and community-based aged care services that change as the care needs of the communities vary.
Indigenous communities are encouraged to participate in all aspects of service provision, from planning through to the operation of services. The Quality framework for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flexible aged care program (2011), developed with the support of service providers, includes a set of quality standards, and a process for monitoring achievements against the standards designed to assist service providers to continuously improve their services.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Health
The report provides an overview of expenditure for ageing and aged care during the 2010-11 financial year as well as more detailed information on the Australian aged care system. Specifically, the report reviews progress under the main areas of aged care planning; information, needs assessment and community support; aged care services (community, residential and flexible care); quality in aged care; regulation and compliance; complaints investigation scheme; and support for people with special needs including people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The report suggests that further reform of the Australian aged care system will remain a priority for government with a focus on a more integrated approach to reform as well as suggestions that there will be substantial changes to the way the aged care sector is funded in the future.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract