The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services aims to develop and support communities, and to help Tasmanians retain, maintain or improve levels of physical function or independence in the community. Where possible, services are delivered in a multi-disciplinary framework, with strong links to general practitioners.
Further information about services provided by the state government is available from the Department of Health and Human Services web site.
Further information about services funded by the Australian Government is available from the Department of Health and Ageing web site.
Services include acute in-patient, emergency and outpatient services in rural health sites and community-based care such as community nursing, home help, outreach services, health promotion, rehabilitation, residential aged care services in rural areas, etc. The state government also operates an Aged Care Assessment Program to assess the needs of those requiring care. In 2002-03, the Department of Health and Human Services completed 4,356 aged care assessments.
The Australian Department of Health and Ageing administers a number of programs for older members of society, including the Residential Aged Care Program in which the cost for each person in a residential care setting is subsidised by the Australian Government. These aged care places are allocated in proportion to the number of people aged 70 years or older. At 30 June 2003, there were 3,988 residential aged care places in Tasmania. Of these, 3,896 were occupied, with 73.4% of places occupied by females.
Community Aged Care Packages are also funded by the Australian Government, and provide an integrated package of services which may include home help, laundry, shopping, assistance with meals and bathing. The Community Aged Care Packages Program aims to support those people who prefer to stay at home rather than enter residential care. At 30 June 2003, there were 741 Tasmanians receiving this support. Approximately 77.1% of recipients were female.