General Practice referral to aged care services
My Aged Care (MAC)
My Aged Care is the national contact centre for Commonwealth funded aged care services. Health professionals are required to use this portal for referral for assessment and services. Refinements to the site happen regularly.
Referral Flow chart for GPs
A quick overview of how to make a patient referral for aged care services.
MAC webform referral
The MAC webform referral was released in mid-2016. Improvements include:
- successful transmission confirmation
- a unique identifier issued for follow up if required
- ability to save/print PDF
- completed referral is fast-tracked directly to assessment agency
Do not use the webform for urgent service access. Phone 1800 200 422 to request a ‘direct to service’ referral.
For those GPs continuing to use fax referrals to My Aged Care, SEMPHN have templates available for:
- Best Practice (RTF files, open in clinical software only)
- Medical Director (RTF files, open in clinical software only)
NB: When using fax no receipt of referral is issued.
Better Health Care Connections (BHCC) – Aged Care Multidisciplinary Care Coordination and Advisory Services
SEMPHN is one of nine sites across Australia selected to run the Commonwealth funded BHCC program. This program aims to improve the quality of health care for aged care recipients by:
- increasing access to appropriate, coordinated, multidisciplinary care for older people with complex health needs
- improving access to primary health care
- improving access to referrals/supports to avoid preventable hospitalisations.
The BHCC program will run until June 2017 with a particular focus on Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in the Peninsula Health catchment.
Aged Multidisciplinary Care and Advisory Service
Identify, develop, streamline and disseminate key local pathways:
- 24 hour Palliative Care pathway for service support in the Peninsula Health catchment
- Preventing Avoidable Hospital Presentations for Residents in Aged Care
- Allied Health Consultations in RACFs
- Access Map of Medicine™ for more information
Investigating Innovative Models
Pharmacy Support Service – Medication Liaison Project
This SEMPHN funded pilot with Peninsula Health Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) seeks to establish better communication with RACFs and community pharmacists to prevent medication misadventure for at risk elderly at discharge. Completed September 2016.
Facilitation of direct access for aged care to radiology for Xray and Ultrasound.
Facilitation of direct access for aged care to radiology for CT scan.
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We acknowledge the Kulin Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land our catchment covers. We pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future, and uphold their relationship to this land.
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