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Generic briefs

Page contents: Aged Care Assessment Services | Aged Care Residential Services | Community Rehabilitation Centres | Hospice Unit | Integrated Rural Health Services | Sub-Acute Care Facilities and Specialist Clinics

Aged Care Assessment Services

Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) are an integral part of the wider aged care system. They provide assessment, information advice and assistance to older people who are becoming frail and wish to remain at home or who are thinking about moving into residential care. Younger people with a disability may also be eligible for assessment services. The generic brief has been developed to ensure that ACAS facilities are designed to create a quality environment that meets the service needs of the community.

The aim of this generic brief is to:

  • Outline the guidelines for the development of project specific briefs for individual State funded Aged Care Assessment Services in Victoria, Australia.
  • Provide a consistent and clear framework within which regions develop and negotiate health service delivery strategies with potential service providers.
  • Provide general principles for quality design outcomes for ACAS.
  • Provide an overview of the services and activities that ACAS will commonly provide.
  • Describe in generic terms the spaces required to conduct those services and activities.

Adobe Acrobat icon Aged Care Assessment Services (693kb, pdf)

Aged Care Residential Services

This generic brief was developed in 2000 and is currently under review. It may contain information that is not currently recommended. We advise you to check any detail with the relevant authority. For further information, please contact Terri Preece on 9096 7696 or Terri.Preece@health.vic.gov.au

The aim of the generic brief is to:

  • Assist residential aged care services meet the objectives of the 'Commonwealth Aged Care Structural Reform'.
  • Provide general principles for quality design outcomes for residential aged care services in Victoria, Australia.
  • Give an overview of the services and activities that a residential aged care services will commonly provide and describe in generic terms, the spaces required for a facility to conduct those services and activities.

Adobe Acrobat icon Aged Care Residential Services (965kb, pdf)

Community Rehabilitation Centres

The focus of this generic brief is on the building of facilities that meet the specific rehabilitation needs of a particular community. The demand for community rehabilitation is increasing and there are many potential benefits from developing non-inpatient rehabilitation services. These services will reduce the demand for inpatient services and maximise the opportunity for people with disabilities to return to and remain in the community.

The aim of this generic brief is to:

  • Outline the guidelines for the development of project specific briefs for individual State-funded community rehabilitation centres in Victoria, Australia.
  • Provide a consistent and clear framework within which regions develop and negotiate health service delivery strategies with potential service providers.
  • Provide general principles for quality design outcomes for CRCs.
  • Provide an overview of the services and activities that a CRC will commonly provide.
  • Describe in generic terms the spaces required to conduct those services and activities.

Adobe Acrobat icon Community Rehabilitation Centres (591kb, pdf)

Hospice Unit

This generic brief has been developed as part of a ten-year vision for palliative care services in Victoria, Australia. The aim is to provide a seamless service system focussing on the diverse needs and interests of patients of all ages. Continuity of care depends on the integration and coordination of services and organisations involved in a person's care. To ensure high quality palliative care is available in a range of inpatient settings hospice beds have been sited to meet local needs within regions on the basis of geographic areas and populations.

The aim of this generic brief is to:

  • Outline the guidelines for the development of project specific briefs for individual State-funded hospice units in Victoria, Australia.
  • Provide a consistent and clear framework within which regions develop and negotiate health service delivery strategies with potential service providers.
  • Provide general principles for quality design outcomes for hospice units.
  • Provide an overview of the services and activities that a hospice unit will commonly provide.
  • Describe, in generic terms, the spaces required to conduct those services and activities.
  • Reflect the current standards required to meet the objectives of Palliative Care Services in Victoria - A Vision and the accreditation standards developed by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards in conjunction with the Australian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care.

Adobe Acrobat icon Hospice Unit (830kb, pdf)

Integrated Rural Health Service

As the population has declined in remote areas, communities have faced increasing difficulty in maintaining viable health service infrastructures. The focus of health care is shifting to more integrated services with an emphasis on primary care, providing an opportunity for the reconfiguration of rural health services in Victoria and the development of integrated facilities. The need for integrated rural health service facilities in less populated and remote rural communities has resulted in the development of this generic brief.

The aim of this generic brief is to:

  • Outline the guidelines for the development of project specific briefs for individual IRHS facilities including Multi Purpose Services and Healthstreams agencies in less populated and remote rural communities in Victoria, Australia.
  • Provide a consistent and clear framework within which regions develop and negotiate health service delivery strategies with potential service providers.
  • Provide general principles for quality design outcomes for IRHS facilities.
  • Provide an overview of the services and activities that an IRHS facility will commonly provide.
  • Describe, in generic terms, the spaces required to conduct those services and activities.

Adobe Acrobat icon Integrated Rural Health Service (1440kb, pdf)

Sub-Acute Care Facilities and Specialist Clinics

The Victorian Department of Human Services aged and extended care system is designed to foster client's independence and dignity and maintain and restore optimal health and ability. A comprehensive range of integrated inpatient and community based services that focus on rehabilitation, restorative care and community support services are provided. This generic brief has been developed to guarantee facilities are designed and built to provide the right service at the right time in the right place to ensure optimal health outcomes for the individual.

The aim of this generic brief is to:

  • Outline the guidelines for the development of project-specific briefs for individual sub-acute care facilities and specialist clinics.
  • Provide a consistent and clear framework within which regions develop and negotiate health service delivery strategies with potential service providers.
  • Provide general principles for quality design outcomes for sub-acute care facilities and specialist clinics in Victoria, Australia.
  • Provide an overview of the services and activities that sub-acute care facilities and specialist clinics will commonly provide.
  • Describe in generic terms, the spaces required to conduct those services and activities.

Adobe Acrobat icon Sub-Acute Care Facilities and Specialist Clinics (981kb, pdf)

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Last updated: 21 June, 2011
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