Aged care refers to services provided to older Australians who either need assistance at home or who can no longer live independently. This includes medical and nursing care of older people, as well as services to support their daily living. Services are generally divided into two broad categories: community care and residential aged care services.

 Why is aged care a priority for WAPHA?

Australia has an ageing population and with this are associated health issues or chronic health conditions. Nearly all people aged 65 years and over have at least one long-term condition, compared with 27 per cent of children. People aged 65 years and over account 13 per cent of WA’s population.

What is WAPHA doing?

WAPHA and the Primary Health Networks are committed to improving access to primary health care services for older people. Access to primary health care services is crucial in reducing hospitalisations and can contribute to the early diagnosis and management of chronic health conditions.

HealthPathways WA has developed a range of pathways to assist clinicians to support WA’s ageing population:

Palliative Care: Aged Care:
·         Palliative Care Overview

·         Agitation in a Patient Near the End of Life

·         Bowel Obstruction in Palliative Care Patients

·         Constipation in Palliative Care Patients

·         Delirium in Palliative Care Patients

·         Dyspnoea in Palliative Care Patients

·         Hypercalcaemia of Malignancy

·         Nausea and Vomiting in Palliative Care Patients

·         Oral Care in Palliative Care Patients

·         Pain Management in Palliative Care

·         Raised Intracranial Pressure in Palliative Care Patients

·         Seizures in Palliative Care Patients

·         Spinal Cord Compression in Palliative Care Patients

·         Palliative Care Advice

·         Palliative Care Services

·         Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

·         Home and Community Care (HACC) Services

·         Driver Assessment – Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

·         Overweight Older Adults

·         Underweight Older Adults

·         Older Adults Exercise Programs

Find out more about aged care

To find out more about Aged Care and how WAPHA can assist you email: info@wapha.org.au or phone (08) 6272 4900

Looking for information on aged care services?

My Aged Care is the one-stop-shop for aged care services and information in Australia. Myagedcare provides information on:

  • The different types of aged care services;
  • Eligibility for services and help to find local services;
  • Assessments and referrals to the providers of the service;
  • Costs of aged care services including fees estimators.

Visit the myagedcare website for further information.