Assessment of indigenous older peoples ’ needs for home and community care in remote central Australia

Lindeman, Melissa A. and Pedler, Robyn P. 2008, Assessment of indigenous older peoples ’ needs for home and community care in remote central Australia, Journal of cross-cultural gerontology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 85-95.

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Title Assessment of indigenous older peoples ’ needs for home and community care in remote central Australia
Author(s) Lindeman, Melissa A.
Pedler, Robyn P.
Journal name Journal of cross-cultural gerontology
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 85
End page 95
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0169-3816
1573-0719
Keyword(s) Indigenous older people
Home and community care
Remote communities
Client assessment
Summary The Home and Community Care (HACC) program in Australia provides services which supports older people to live at home. Individual HACC organisations are generally responsible for initial assessment of eligibility and need of clients presenting for services. This paper reports on a project which aimed to develop an understanding of the various approaches to assessment of client needs in Central Australia. The majority of clients in this geographical area are indigenous. The project was initiated in recognition of the primary importance of assessment in determining service access and service delivery and of the particular challenges faced by service providers in remote areas. This paper discusses key project findings including the client group and services provided, initial needs assessment and care planning processes. Evident inconsistencies in practice reflect a variety of complex contextual factors. Staff in remote areas have an inadequate knowledge base to draw upon to assist them with assessment and care planning decisions, and further research and professional development is required.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016879

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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