Addressing training needs for community care assessment in remote Indigenous communities

Lindeman, Melissa and Newman, Vicky 2006, Addressing training needs for community care assessment in remote Indigenous communities, Geriaction, vol. 24, no. 4, Summer, pp. 15-21.

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Title Addressing training needs for community care assessment in remote Indigenous communities
Author(s) Lindeman, Melissa
Newman, Vicky
Journal name Geriaction
Volume number 24
Issue number 4
Season Summer
Start page 15
End page 21
Publisher Geriaction Inc.
Place of publication Chatswood, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1032-4410
Keyword(s) home and community care
International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF)
Summary Access to Home and Community Care services in Australia is based on the assessed needs of individual clients, with individual Home and Community Care organisations generally being responsible for initial assessment of eligibility and need. Home and Community Care funded services are expected to operate within the agency's program guidelines and to adhere to minimum service standards. However, service delivery contexts in remote areas of Australia present particular challenges for staff in the practice of assessment and care planning. This paper discusses the findings of a project which investigated approaches to assessment of client needs in remote Home and Community Care services. Some of the challenges of providing care in remote/Indigenous contexts are discussed. The research project highlighted that there was an inadequate knowledge base to assist staff with assessment and care planning in these cross-cultural contexts; a greater focus on developing the assessment skills of staff was needed. Subsequently, an education program incorporating the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health was developed for Home and Community Care assessment staff in remote communities. Rather than focusing on process skills and procedures, the program was designed to equip staff with a solid and consistent conceptual framework to assist with assessment and care planning.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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