Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

What is ACAT?

ACAT provides a thorough assessment of care needs for older people needing immediate access to Commonwealth funded residential and community care. 

Referral Criteria

  • Target group are older people, typically over the age of 65 or for indigenous Australians, people over the age of 50, or people who have an age related condition* or have a disability, and
  • Must be seeking an assessment e.g. an ACCR for residential respite and/or placement and/or a package, and/or an ACAT Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
  • Specific entry requirements for Geriatrician and Psycho-geriatrician.

*Examples of age related conditions:

  • Osteoporosis, Heart Failure, Osteoarthritis, Types 2 Diabetes, Chronic Airways Limitation Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebro-vascular Accident, Motor Neurone Disease, Severe Peripheral Vascular Disease, Dementia.

Services Offered

  • Undertakes assessment of older person seeking to access Commonwealth funded Aged Care services including Residential Care, Residential Respite Care, Transitional Aged Care, Home Care Packages level 1&2, and Home Care Packages level 3 & 4
  • Through specialist skills and knowledge of support services, the team will be able to provide information and access to the services, deemed to be the most appropriate to assessed need
  • The team will liaise with families/carers and health care providers with the client’s consent
  • The team recognises and gives due regard to the very significant role played by social factors in application for admission to residential care.

Referral Procedure:

  • The client, carer, family must be aware of and consent to the referral
  • Inpatients: written referral initiated by a treating doctor or discharge planner summarising patient’s diagnosis, medical information, ADL assessment by occupational therapist and proposed discharge plan
  • Referrals can be received by fax with a follow up phone call to confirm receipt of referral
  • Referral must identify reasons for ACAT assessments
  • Inpatient assessments are often undertaken by the Acute to Age Related Service (AARCS)
  • Community Clients: telephone, written/faxed referral from the person themselves, family carers, general practitioners, community nurse and other agencies with the person’s consent
  • Referral is to identify reason for ACAT assessment
  • The client’s needs must be immediate and not for future planning.

Services available at these locations

Red Rock to Stuarts Point

For referral to this service please contact the Intake Officer on:

Phone 02 6656 7646
Fax 02 6656 7610

Stuarts Point to Laurieton

For referral to this service please contact the Intake Officer on:

Phone 02 6588 2875
Fax 02 6588 2881