Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) and ABI   

ADHC is working to improve its services to people with ABI.

This web site is one strategy - support developing staff knowledge and skills.

The following highlights some of the context for ADHC's directions in its work with people with ABI:

Stronger Together: A new direction in disability services in NSW 2006 -2016PDFis a 10 year plan aimed at providing greater assistance and long term practical solutions for people with a disability. ADHC has now set strategic priorities relating to this plan. These priorities include developing new approaches for people with adult onset disabilities including people with Acquired Brain Injury.

Stronger Together Phase 2 2011/12 to 2015/16PDFhas been announced and includes an additional $2 billion in new growth funding for disability services (including ABI) over the five years. Key features of the second phase of Stronger Together are the focus on families as key determiners of how resources are used, increased availability of individualised and portable funding arrangements, and a life span approach to meeting people's needs.

Stronger Together Phase 2 Policy Supplement Directions PDFfor adult onset disability services in NSW 2006-2016 to further address and strengthen the service response for people with an adult onset disability we aim to continue improving the service response by focusing on the following:
• Person-centred approaches
• A life span approach
• A service system with the right capacity.

Full details of the Stronger Together are available from ADHC's web site.

An Interagency Agreement on the Care and Support Pathways for People with an ABI was signed in November 2008 by ADHC, NSW Health, Housing NSW and the Lifetime Care and Support Authority. This Agreement and its implementation plan commit the signatory agencies to a holistic planning approach and joint work on key referral and service delivery issues that impact on outcomes for people with an ABI.

A Pathways and Protocols Working Group comprising members from each of the inter-agency partners was convened to identify appropriate referral pathways and related issues for an adult with an ABI moving through health, disability and community services. This work has produced Care and Support Pathways for People with an Acquired Brain Injury, Referral and Service Options in NSW PDF (3.1 Meg) May 2011. This document includes both sample pathways and lists of services.

New directions in Case Management 2008-10: The Case Management Framework PDF Aug 2008 and the Case Management Practice PolicyPDF Nov 2009 and the Case Management Practice Guide 7 Phases of Case Management PDFMarch 2010provide the over arching policy framework, values and approach to case management service provision for ADHC provided case management services. These policies are currently used by ADHC Community Support Team case managers. These documents are "examples" that can be used as a resource demonstrating good practice.

ADHC currently funds or provides an array of programs, sub-programs, service models and initiatives for people with adult onset disabilities, including those with an ABI under both the National Disability Agreement (NDA) and the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program.

As people with an ABI were not historically prioritised for funding under NDA service types, the disability service system requires increased knowledge, skills and competencies to respond effectively to this target group. ADHC has commissioned ABI Awareness Training for ADHC provided and funded services staff.

ADHC is committed to increasing ABI awareness and knowledge across all service types particularly, case management services, in-home support providers, accommodation, community participation, leisure and recreation providers and HACC funded services. Consultation across ADHC staff and stakeholders on the contents of the ABI training resources have supported the need for initial training and for continued professional development opportunities across service types.