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1368.1 - New South Wales Regional Statistics, 2007  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/12/2007   
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING, MANAGEMENT OF EXPENDITURE AND RESIDENT LINKED RESIDENTIAL CARE

INTRODUCTION

1 Data on the number of recipients of Community Aged Care Packages are sourced via the Department of Health and Ageing, Management of Expenditure and Resident Linked Information System. Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) are a Commonwealth-funded program designed to provide assistance to enable frail or disabled older people with complex care needs to continue living in the community.

2 The Management of Expenditure and Resident Linked Information System (MERLIN) records the administration of payments to providers of Community Aged Care Packages. This data are used primarily by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

3 The collection contains information on the personal characteristics of CACP recipients, and their admission, separation and service provider details.

4 In this product, data are presented on the number of CACP recipients in each Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW.

SCOPE

5 The scope of this collection is all persons receiving a Community Aged Care Package.

6 Data about service outlets receiving flexible funding under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Strategy and about Multi-Purpose service outlets are not available as their recipients are not included in the current national database. These services provide less than two percent of residential care places and care packages Australia wide.

REFERENCE PERIOD

7 The data in this product relate to people receiving Community Aged Care Packages as at 30 June 2006.

KEY DATA ITEMS

8 The following key data items were used in this product.

9 Care recipients: A person assessed as having significant care needs which can be appropriately met through the provision of residential care, community care, and/or flexible care.

10 Community Aged Care Package (CACP): A commonwealth-provided funding package to be used to purchase assistance which will enable frail or disabled older people with complex care needs to continue living in the community.

GEOGRAPHY

11 The location of the service outlet (not the service recipient) is geocoded to the Statistical Local Area (SLA). In this product, SLAs are aggregated to LGAs. The 2006 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. No. 1216.0) was used in the coding.

COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

12 Where an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assesses a person and recommends that the person receive a CACP, a delegate of the ACAT will complete an Aged Care Application and Approval Form (Form 2624) in consultation with the applicant. The form is signed by either the applicant or someone on behalf of the applicant.

13 Details from this form are entered into the MERLIN system by DoHA staff. Data are then transferred to DoHA's data warehouse, the Aged Care and Community Care Management Information System (ACCMIS), from which statistical extracts are taken.

14 Data from ACCMIS are provided to AIHW, who produce a national publication on recipients of CACPs.

ACCURACY

15 The ACCMIS data warehouse is periodically 'refreshed' and some existing data are revised when this occurs. As such, two extractions of data for the same period of time could have come differences due to revisions in between the dates of extraction.

16 The location of a service-providing outlet may be in a different LGA to the usual residence of the care recipient, and as such, care should be taken in the interpretation of this data.

17 As data in this collection are obtained from an administrative system, DoHA's system for payment to providers of Community Aged Care Packages, they are not subject to sampling variability. However other inaccuracies, collectively referred to as non-sampling error, may affect the data. These non-sampling errors may arise from a number of sources, including:

  • errors in data reporting by respondents;
  • errors in capturing or processing data;
  • estimating missing or misreported data; and
  • definition and classification errors.

COLLECTION HISTORY

18 The AIHW publication Community Aged Care Packages in Australia, 2005–06 (AIHW cat. no. AGE 55) is the eighth annual compilation of these statistics. In late 2002, a national census of Community Aged Care Package providers was conducted. This material was published in the AIHW report Community Aged Care Packages Census 2002 (AIHW cat. no. AGE 35).

PUBLISHED DATA

19 The AIHW publication Residential Aged Care in Australia, 2005–06 (AIHW cat. no. AGE 54), and issues for previous financial years are available from the AIHW website, as is a working paper entitled Client characteristics metadata in residential aged care, Jeffery, K., (AIHW cat. no. AGE 28).

RELATED WEB SITES

21 Further information can be found at the Department of Health and Ageing web site: www.health.gov.au.

22 Further information can be found at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare web site: www.aihw.gov.au.

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