Special Government programs and funding options exist to allow osteopaths to provide services to Australians over 65 years of age, whether they reside in an aged care facility or in their own home.
Residents of aged care facilities can access osteopathic treatment as part of a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program. In addition osteopaths may be able to provide pain management assessments and complex pain management interventions under ‘Complex Health Care’ items if the facility has requested funding for this under the Australian Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).
Older Australians living in their own home can also access osteopathic treatment for chronic conditions as part of a CDM program, but in addition may be able to access funding for other osteopathic services through Community Home Support Packages (CHSP) and Home Care Packages (HCP). These programs are designed to help older Australians to continue to live well at home through provision of Government subsidies. There is an assessment process which determines what program is most suitable, and more information is available on the My Aged Care website. https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/help-at-home