Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care

Future options for ACT Health Aged Day Care Program

Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care (RACC) undertook a consultation in October and November 2013 on the Belconnen Aged Day Care Program. The objective was to explore a proposal that the Aged Day Care Program would be more appropriately delivered by a non-government provider co-located with other community services, rather than by ACT Health from a health centre.

An external consultant, Rob Allaburton, was engaged to conduct the consultation, which consisted of meetings with senior ACT Health staff; daytime and evening open forums available to approximately 50 program clients, carers and families; consultation with 15 staff; invitations to 10 community and consumer advocacy groups to make submissions; and a meeting with senior staff of the community-based organisation which took over the care of the clients of Tuggeranong Aged Day Care Program when it was transferred to another provider in 2011. Twenty-five individual submissions and 125 individual emails were received. The program transitioned to a non-government provider in July 2014.