What is the Tasmanian HACC Program?
The Tasmanian HACC Program provides funding for services which support younger persons with a disability and their carers who live in the community and whose capacity for independent living is at risk, or who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care. “Younger persons” are people aged less than 65 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged less than 50 years.
What are the aims and objectives of the Tasmanian HACC Program?
.The objectives of the Tasmanian HACC Program are to:
+ provide a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated range of basic maintenance, support and care services for younger persons with a disability and their carers
+ support these people to be more independent at home and in the community thereby enhancing their quality of life and/or preventing or delaying their admission to long term residential care, and
+ provide flexible, timely services that respond to the needs of clients.
Basic maintenance, support and care services can be described as those services that contribute to a person’s well-being; for example, nutrition, community nursing, home help and personal care. HACC service types are defined in the HACC Minimum Data Set Version 2 Dictionary.
While these are the main types of services, the Program may also fund activities such as information and training courses. These enable a greater level of understanding and expertise to be built up among service providers and clients about the care of younger people with disabilities and their carers.
The Tasmanian HACC Program operates within a regional framework to respond to the needs of clients and help achieve equitable access to HACC services. The Program encourages flexible service delivery and local responsiveness to meet the needs of individuals and regions.
What is the scope of the Tasmanian HACC Program ?
The most notable change from the previous HACC Program is that „younger persons‟ refers to people aged less than 65 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged less than 50 years. The Tasmanian Government is responsible for funding basic maintenance, support and care services for younger people; the responsibility of the Australian Government is to fund services for older people.
This Program Manual sets out the operational requirements of the Tasmanian HACC Program for service providers in Tasmania from 1 July 2012. The Program Manual has been developed in good faith with the intention that for 2012-2013 there are minimal changes to the Tasmanian HACC Program. Eligibility and access to services remains the same as previously while further policy work is being undertaken.
It is recognised that use of the term „disability‟ may be confusing in the context of program changes. For the purposes of this Program Manual and the transition period, the conventional understanding of “younger persons with a disability” will continue with the addition of age parameters i.e. “younger persons” being those people aged less than 65 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged less than 50 years
What services are outside the scope of the Tasmanian HACC Program ?
There are a number of services that are outside the scope of the Program. They are classified as out-ofscope because government funding is already provided for them through other government programs.7
These services are:
+ HACC services for frail older people i.e. 65 years and over and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and over.
+ Accommodation (including rehousing and supported accommodation) or a related service.
+ The provision of a health aid or appliance except where these items are not normally available through other government funded programs, are required for the operation of an approved project and remain the property of the service provider.
+ Direct treatment for acute illness (including a convalescent or post acute care service). The Program provides basic maintenance, support and care services to eligible clients who need post-acute care. Health services are responsible for providing the „specialist‟ component of post acute care.
+ Rehabilitative services directed solely towards increasing a person‟s level of independent functioning. (This does not include independence models of care, for example, wellness approaches).
+ Disability specific service responses other than those services provided to people with dementia or related conditions.
+ Services primarily provided for parents and children assessed as being within the category of families in crisis.
+ Specialist palliative care services.
It should be noted however that basic support and maintenance services are still available for people in the younger target population who may also be receiving the above types of services.
It is not the intention of HACC services to ‘top up’ or permanently substitute for other forms of packaged care and support.
Where are Tasmanian HACC Program services provided ?
Program services can be offered to people in:
+ Their homes.
+ Caravan parks, self care units, boarding houses, group housing in the community.
+ Independent living units where a resident’s accommodation contract does not include HACC like services.
+ unstable housing circumstances including transient or homeless people.
+ Other arrangements not excluded as services that are out of scope of the Tasmanian HACC Program
Guiding principles of the Tasmanian HACC Program
There are some underlying principles that have evolved from the joint Australian Government and State and Territory HACC Program that the Tasmanian Government will embed in the Tasmanian HACC Program into the future. The Tasmanian HACC Program will:
+ Promote each persons opportunity to maximise their capacity and quality of life
+ Provide services tailored to the unique circumstances and cultural preference of each person, their carers and families
+ Ensure choice and control are optimised for each person, their carers and families
+ Emphasise responsive service provision for an agreed time period and with agreed review points support community and civic participation that provide valued roles, a sense of purpose and personal confidence
+ Provide appropriate workforce training and development.
In addition to these guiding principles, the Tasmanian Government actively encourages service providers to be aware of and understand the provisions of the Care Recognition Act 2010, particularly The Statement for Australia’s Carers’.
The Tasmanian HACC Program service providers are encouraged to reflect these principles when developing, implementing, providing or evaluating services directed to clients or their carers
Information for Service Providers
HACC MDS Data
The HACC Minimum Data Set collects a set of basic demographic information about HACC services. It also collects information on the number of units of services clients receive.
The HACC MDS is used to describe the program and what it does to improve planning and reporting and to evaluate the level of services being provided to clients.
Serious Consumer Incident Report
Referrals for Tasmanian HACC services are made through TasCarepoint.
To see if you are eligible contact TasCarepoint.
Phone: 1300 769 699 Fax: 1300 721 611
My Aged Care
People 65 years of age and over and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over are eligible for the Commonwealth HACC Program. For all information related to the Commonwealth HACC Program and other aged care services please follow this link to the Department of Social Services My Aged Care website: http://www.myagedcare.gov.au.
My Aged Care