Short-Term Restorative Care Programme

April 6, 2016

Short-Term Restorative Care Programme

Wellness, reablement and restorative approaches are emerging as powerful ways to help older people improve their function, independence and quality of life. The Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) Programme aims to reverse and/or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve their wellbeing.

Programme objective

In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government announced the expansion of flexible aged care initiatives. A new form of flexible care, the STRC Programme, is being established to increase the care options available to older people, through a time-limited, goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary and coordinated package of services. It is designed and approved by the care recipient, and may be delivered in a home setting, a residential setting, or a combination of both.

The new care type builds on the success of the existing Transition Care Programme, which assists older people to return home after a hospital stay. However unlike transition care, short-term restorative care will be available to people that have not had a hospital stay.  


An external engagement process on the STRC Programme’s policy framework was conducted in September and October 2015. The consultation approach consisted of:

  • the public release of the STRC Programme policy consultation paper for comment

  • three external stakeholder workshops, and

  • a webinar.

Following on from the consultation, the High Level Policy Framework and Summary of Consultation Feedback and main Policy impacts are available.


For enquiries and further information contact sends e-mail).

More information

  • Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

  • Flexible care

  • Consultations page

  • Subscribe to email updates

Last updated: 7 April 2016 - 12:05pm



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