Aged care

Several Primary Health Networks across the country have a role in supporting the health outcomes of senior Australians — Primary Health Tasmania is one of them.

Our work in aged care is wide-ranging, and encompasses both preventive health initiatives, support for primary health professionals, and work with Tasmania’s residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

Broadly speaking, we have a role in:

  • supporting RACFs increased access to and use of telehealth care options for their residents
  • strengthened after-hours support for residential aged care
  • early intervention initiatives to support healthy ageing
  • supporting primary health professionals in caring for older people, such as electronic medication management resources and Tasmanian HealthPathways.

By 2042, more than 25 per cent of the Tasmanian population will be aged 65 years and over.

Resources to support aged care staff and health professionals

Primary Health Tasmania supports a range of resources to support health professionals and residential aged care facility (RACF) staff involved in an older person’s care.

After-hours toolkit for aged care facilities

After-hours plans identify how to manage residents’ health care in the after-hours period.

Primary Health Tasmania has created a suite of resources to assist with after-hours support planning for RACFs, including a planning guide and two workbooks plus accompanying instructional videos.

Click here to find out more.

Yellow Envelope

Developed by Primary Health Tasmania, the Yellow Envelope resource is exactly what it sounds like: a canary yellow A4 sleeve, designed to capture key patient handover information, and keep relevant health records safe and secure in a single spot.

The two-sided envelope is clearly and concisely labelled, and steps aged care facility staff through all the necessary information, such as service provider details, handover summary, a checklist of documents to be included, and more.

Contact our provider support team to find out more, and to order copies.

Emergency Decision Guidelines

The Emergency Decision Guidelines are a step-by-step guide to provide information on the identification, assessment and management of an acutely unwell or deteriorating resident in an aged care facility.

The guidelines use ISOBAR principles to guide staff to provide the required information during handover.

Contact our provider support team to find out more, and to order copies.

Shared Transfer of Care

Primary Health Tasmania’s Shared Transfer of Care program sets the standard for transfers of care by promoting a shared approach between organisations, service providers, communities and healthcare consumers

Click here to find out more.

Managing medicines

Primary Health Tasmania has supported the development of a range of deprescribing resources, including fact sheets on medications such as antipsychotics, opioids and glaucoma eye drops.

Click here to find out more.

Data and information about older people

Our Snapshot of Priority Populations in Tasmania resource gives an overview of health data and information for priority population groups including older people.

Click here to find out more.

Resources to support consumers

My Aged Care

My Aged Care is an Australian Government website and phone line to help people find out what aged care services may be available. It includes a service finder feature where an individual or their carer can look for local meal, support and care coordination services, and much more.

Click here to visit the website.

Dementia information sheet

Primary Health Tasmania has collaborated with the Victorian Primary Health Networks to develop a two-page information sheet which outlines where patients, family and carers can find services and support following a dementia diagnosis. It is available in English, Greek, Simplified Chinese and Nepal. The information sheet links to the online Dementia Directory, developed by Primary Health Tasmania and FindHelpTAS.

Click here to find out more.

Passport to Better Health

This Primary Health Tasmania resource allows people to track information related to their healthcare journey, including personal details, health conditions, appointments and medication.

Click here to find out more.

Mental health support for people in aged care facilities

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned Richmond Fellowship Tasmania to deliver psychological treatment services for people with mental illness who are living in aged care facilities.

The aim is to give these residents access to similar services as those currently available in the community.

Find out more.

The care finders program

Some older people need extra, intensive support to access aged care services and other supports in the community.

The Australian Government-funded care finder program helps vulnerable older people find and connect with aged care services in their local area.

Primary Health Tasmania has engaged four organisations to deliver care finder services in Tasmania. More information is available in this fact sheet and on Our Services Portal.

Establishment of this program in Tasmania was informed by a needs assessment process. You can find our needs assessment report here. We thank everyone who provided information and feedback as part of this process.