Remote Communities

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Home Care Today has been established to support all Home Care Package providers and consumers with the successful implementation of Consumer Directed Care (CDC). We understand the unique challenges of implementing these changes in rural and remote communities, and ensuring that the models of CDC are culturally appropriate.

The following resources and links are available to support providers of Home Care Packages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, especially those in remote communities. It is also a venue for services to share resources they have developed with other similar services.

Webinar 16 March 2016

The Australian Government engaged Saward Dawson, Chartered Accountants to develop a tool to help Aboriginal providers cost and price their services in a way that is more sensitive and relevant to Aboriginal providers’ cultural contexts. Saward Dawson developed a customised CDC costing and pricing spreadsheet tool for Aboriginal providers after a series of consultations with Aboriginal aged care providers across Australia, including providers from regional and remote locations.

Webinar Recording

This table is a quick guide to the steps that all services need to go through to implement CDC and links to the relevant resources on the Home Care Today website.

CDC Implementation Process and Resources Available (385 downloads)

This PowerPoint presentation was developed to assist aged care staff in remote communities to explain to their communities and local decision-making bodies how aged care is changing.

Council Presentation Aged Care Reform (414 downloads)

Now You See Us! A Report on the Policy and Economic Impacts from Rapid Growth in the Number of Senior Territorians. A report by Charles Darwin University for COTA NT (2015) that outlines population trends in the NT and the impacts of an ageing population in the NT including the ageing of the Indigenous population.

The aim of the CHOICES in Aged Care project was to provide a model of Consumer Directed Care relevant to the needs and preferences of older people in rural and remoteAboriginal, and Greek communities.  You can find the link to the CHOICES website and resources here:

italk library specialises in helping services communicate information with culturally and linguistically diverse communities by transforming that information into story form and making it freely available on their website, and beyond. They create learning opportunities by integrating traditional storytelling and modern technology.

italk work with local language speakers to develop stories that are spoken in plain English and in the first languages of the target audiences. You can see some example of their resources that may be helpful in training direct care workers in a range of topics by clicking here

CDCS provide some free resources for community aged care services to support both staff and clients.

A suite of themed resources has been developed by Alzheimer’s Australia to inform Indigenous people living in remote communities of Northern Territory about dementia. The resources have been developed in English and three Indigenous languages; Djambarrapuyngu, Warlpiri and Kriol. You can find them here.

If you have developed resources that you would like to share with other services working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, particularly in remote areas, please contact us at Home Care Today on 03 9909 7910 or email

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Home Care Today acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.


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