The Aged Care Access Initiative (ACAI) improves the access for low care residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to allied health services and GPs. The initiative began on 1st July 2008, and funding has been extended to continue through to June 2012.
ACAI funding supports improved access to health providers by:
- GP incentive payments to encourage GPs to provide increased and continuing services in RACFS; and
- Allied Health Professional payments for the provision of services in RACFs additional to those currently covered by Medicare and other arrangements
for more information on the GP incentive component.
In the Nepean area, the allied health component is managed by the Nepean Division of General Practice. Over the last few years, a number of needs assessments have been conducted with all local Residential Aged Care Facilities. These assessments have highlighted the widespread need for a variety of allied health services. Currently, ACAI funding is being utilised across facilities in Penrith, St Marys, Kemps Creek and Emu Plains, improving access to physiotherapy and dental services.
for program guidelines for the Aged Care Access Initiative Allied Health component.
The Nepean Division of General Practice provides NPS Facilitator visiting services.
The Current NPS Topic being delivered by the Division is:
Antibiotic Resistance and Respiratory Tract Infections
The Nepean Division of General Practice provides NPS Facilitator visiting services. Academic detailing and/or small group case based discussions within General Practice Networks cover health conditions with known medicine use issues and evidence-based best practice prescribing.
Contact Paul Morcos on (02) 4721-1150. For more details on NPS Facilitator visits, click here
For more information about NPS in general, please click
The Link Project is the title for the Nepean Division’s ATAPS (Access to Allied Psychological Services). ATAPS is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing within the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOiMHC) program.
Link services are provided by local psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses. New providers wishing to become a Link Provider can contact Sara Courtwood at the Nepean Division.