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Table 1 Data in the PIAC project

From: Empirical aspects of record linkage across multiple data sets using statistical linkage keys: the experience of the PIAC cohort study

Program Description Data source and years (client numbers)
Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP) Multi-disciplinary Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) determine people's care needs and eligibility for RAC and packaged care (EACH and CACP), and make recommendations concerning the preferred long-term living arrangement. National datasets: 2003-04 (105077) 2004-05 (141911)
Residential aged care (RAC) RAC provides accommodation and care services to people who are no longer able to support themselves or be supported by others in their own homes, either permanently or for the short term (respite care). Care level required may be either 'low' or 'high'. Access requires approval via an ACAT assessment. Administrative data: 1 July 2002 - 30 June 2006 (373183, including EACH)
Extended Aged Care at Home and Extended Aged Care at Home for people with Dementia (EACH) Programs provide care at home that is equivalent to high-level residential care. Access requires approval via an ACAT assessment. Administrative data: 1 July 2002 - 30 June 2006 (integrated with RAC data)
Community Aged Care Package program (CACP) Program provides support services for older people with complex needs living at home who would otherwise be eligible for admission to 'low-level' residential care. CACPs provide a range of home-based services (excluding home nursing assistance and allied health services), with care being coordinated by the package provider. Access requires approval via an ACAT assessment. Administrative data: 1 July 2002 - 30 June 2006 (80028)
Home and Community Care (HACC) Program provides a large range of services (including allied health and home nursing services) to support people at home and to prevent premature or inappropriate admission to residential care. No ACAT assessment is required. National datasets: 2002-03 (615642) 2003-04 (675446) 2004-05 (710781) 2005-06 (705261)
Veterans' Home Care (VHC) Program provides a limited range of services to help veterans, war widows and widowers with low-level care needs to remain living in their own homes longer. Eligible veterans who need higher amounts of personal care than provided under VHC may be referred to other community care programs. No ACAT assessment is required. Administrative data: 1 January 2001 - 28 February 2008 (164192)
National Death Index (NDI) National register of deaths in Australia Administrative data: 1 July 2003 - 30 December 2006 (415057 records)
  1. Note: For details see [2530]. See table 3.17 [30] for types of services provided by the aged care programs.