Short-Term Restorative Care Programme
Wellness, reablement and restorative approaches are emerging as powerful ways to help older people improve their function, independence and quality of life. The Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) Programme aims to reverse and/or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve their wellbeing.
In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government announced the expansion of flexible aged care initiatives. A new form of flexible care, the STRC Programme, has been established to increase the care options available to older people, through a time-limited, goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary and coordinated package of services. Each care package is designed with and agreed to by the care recipient, and may be delivered in a home setting, a residential setting, or a combination of both.
The new care type builds on the success of the existing Transition Care Programme, which assists older people to return home after a hospital stay. However unlike transition care STRC is available to people that have not had a hospital stay.
On 23 February 2017, the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the allocation of 475 new STRC places through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
The release of 475 STRC places in the 2016-17 ACAR represents the first allocation of the 2,000 places scheduled for release as part of the ‘Expansion of Flexible Care Initiatives’ set out in the 2015-16 Federal Budget.
The next allocation of STRC places will be available in the 2018-19 financial year.
Organisations interested in applying for STRC places in 2018-19 should ensure that they are approved to provide flexible care. Apply now.
STRC programme manual
The STRC Programme Manual 2016 (the manual) is a resource for approved providers of STRC to assist their understanding of the policy context and operational requirements for delivery of STRC to clients in the home or a residential care setting. The manual also outlines the responsibilities of approved providers under the Aged Care Act 1997, and its subordinate legislation which govern the operation of the programme.
Compliance with the STRC Programme Manual is mandatory for STRC providers, as it is a condition of allocation applying to all STRC places.
The STRC Programme Manual 2016 is available for download now.
For enquiries and further information contact STRC@health.gov.au.