PRONIA Short Term Restorative Care Program


What is Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC)?


The STRC Programme is an early intervention programme which aims to reverse and / or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve wellbeing through the delivery of a time-limited (up to 56 paid days), intensive, goal-oriented, multidisciplinary and coordinated range of services designed for, and approved by the care recipient. STRC services can be delivered in the home, the community, an aged care home, or a combination thereof.


The programme is ideal for people who are:

• goal-oriented and have the desire to return to earlier or improved levels of independence; and are

• not receiving a Commonwealth subsidised home care package, residential care or transition care.


2. Who can receive STRC?


To receive STRC you must be:

• experiencing functional decline that is likely to be reversed or slowed through short-term restorative care;

• at risk of losing independence to such a degree that, without STRC, it is likely that you will require home care, residential care or flexible care provided through a multi-purpose service.


Additionally you must not:

• be currently receiving (or on leave from) residential care, home care through a Commonwealth home care package or transition care;

• be eligible to receive transition care if the person applied for it;

• have at any time during the six months before the date of assessment, received flexible care in the form of transition care;

• have at any time during the three months before the date of assessment, been hospitalised for a condition related to the functional decline which would be the focus of that episode of short-term restorative care;

• be receiving end of life care; and

• receive more than two episodes of short term restorative care in any 12 month period if they receive the proposed episode.


Persons who receive services via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), or Department of Veterans Affairs programs may be eligible for STRC.



 3. How can someone access STRC?


To receive STRC services you will need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessor and approved for STRC by an ACAT delegate.

To arrange for an assessment, you (or your nominated representatives) need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

ACAT assessors conduct comprehensive assessments of your physical, medical, psychological, cultural, social and restorative needs. Following this assessment, they determine whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Approval of Care Recipients Principles 2014. Each assessment considers your individual circumstances and needs.


4. Where is STRC available?


STRC is available through PRONIA. Contact My Aged Care or speak with your GP or hospital for a referral to PRONIA’s Program.


5. STRC multidisciplinary care


STRC is delivered using a multidisciplinary care model by multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). Each episode of STRC can be broadly split into three phases: a care planning phase, a service delivery phase, and an exit phase. The involvement of MDTs is a key aspect of the care planning and service delivery phases.

Three or more specialist care providers from different disciplines collaborate to provide you with comprehensive, outcome-focused treatment. MDT members are selected according to your needs, with one exception:


One of the three members of the multidisciplinary team must be a medical clinician (i.e., a General Practitioner (GP) or geriatrician) to ensure that any underlying clinical issues are identified.


In the care planning phase, the medical clinician along with the other members of the MDT will work with you to identify goals and plan therapies/ services to meet those goals.


The number and type of specialists involved in your treatment during the service delivery phase is determined by the level of care needed, the outcome sought, and your preferences.


Having multidisciplinary care at the centre of STRC allows you to receive comprehensive and unified treatment that supports undertaking the activities of daily living.


Disciplines that may form a part of the MDT include (but are not limited to):

• Registered Nurse

• Orthotist

• Audiologist

• Pharmacist

• Community health worker

• Physiotherapist

• Dental hygienist

• Podiatrist




• Certified Accredited Dietitian

• Optometrist

• Exercise physiologist

• Psychologist

• Occupational therapist

• Social worker

• Osteopath

• Speech pathologist


If you would like to discuss our Short Term Restorative Care Program, please call our Coordinator on (03) 9388 9998 during business hours.