Tasmanian Home and Community Care (HACC) Client Group Analysis - Executive Summary

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Tasmanian Home and Community Care (HACC) Program Client Group Analysis

In 2014-2015, the Tasmanian HACC Program (HACC Program) supported over 5,000 people through grant funding of $20.3 million to a range of service providers across the State. The Tasmanian HACC Program supports individuals, their families and carers, to participate in their communities, maintain important social connections and optimise health and wellbeing.

Since its inception, the HACC Program has been shaped by national goals. Prior to 2012, HACC was jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to answer a general need, however, following the 2011 Council of Australian Government's decision to split responsibility for community care by population age, responsibility for the care of people under 65 years, or under 50 if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, went to the Tasmanian Government. It therefore became important to better understand the profile of the client group accessing Tasmanian HACC services, the reasons they use the Program and its value both to them and to the health and human service system as a whole. During 2015-2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) engaged the University of Queensland's Institute for Social Science Research to find out about the Tasmanian HACC Program client group and why they are accessing its services.

Through its review, the University of Queensland has been able to build a profile of Tasmanian HACC Program clients. This was achieved by:

  • a review of existing data sets held by DHHS and the Tasmanian Health Service, this included the HACC Minimum Data Set (MDS), the Specialist Disability Services National MDS, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and Health Central Data collected through patient information systems.
  • document analysis
  • stakeholder interviews, and
  • the findings of a consumer survey administered to HACC clients.

This information will be used to inform changes to the Tasmanian HACC Program to ensure it is meeting the needs of Tasmanians in the best way possible.

University of Queensland's Key Findings