Australian Government Department of Health
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) aims to support older Australians to remain in their own homes as long as possible. CHSP service providers have key responsibilities to help achieve this aim. AHA conducted the first audit of CHSP-funded service providers to develop a more detailed understanding of the care planning process and identify opportunities to embed a wellness approach.
Launched in 2015, the CHSP is the primary entry-level home care program for frail and older Australians. The CHSP is designed to provide small amounts of support services in a timely manner to older people who, due to functional or cognitive limitations, are unable to perform daily living tasks. Client-directed services funded under the CHSP fall into 17 different service types, and are provided by approximately 1,352 CHSP service providers across Australia.
AHA’s role in the audit included:
The audit provided the Department of Health with important information including:
This review will also inform AHA’s evaluation of the reablement trial for the CHSP.
The audit provided insight into the provision of home support services for older Australians and identified further opportunities to embed a wellness approach