interRAI Protocols in Australia

Unlike numerous other countries, where use is widespread or even mandated, to date Australia has modest exposure to the interRAI approach.  Numerous demonstrations and development projects are in train. The interRAI HC is being used in several community based services in Victoria. The interRAI Acute Care is being used in seven hospitals in Queensland. The interRAI Emergency Room screener is being trialled in Brisbane.

A review of assessment instruments commissioned by the Department of Human Services Victoria conducted in 2004 has identified the interRAI instruments as the preferred tools for the Victorian setting (click here for the
Victorian Report).

Currently available instruments in Australia are:

interRAI AC Acute Care (for frail older people in hospital)

interRAI CHA Community Health Assessment (for persons with low care needs)

interRAI HC Home Care (for persons with more complex care needs)

interRAI PAC Post Acute Care (for rehabilitation and subacute inpatient services)

interRAI LTCF Long Term Care Facility (for residential care services)


Please contact the
interRAI Australia Coordinating Centre by email for further information. 

 

interRAI Protocols in New Zealand

 

A review of assessment instruments commissioned by the New Zealand Guidelines Group in 2003 identified the interRAI instruments, particularly the Home Care instrument, as the best tools to meet the
needs for comprehensive geriatric assessment.

In late 2008 the Ministry of Health began the interRAI National District Health Board (DHB) Implementation Project. The Project is a phased, 3-4 year implementation of the Home Care and Contact Assessments to improve assessment processes for older people in New Zealand.

The objectives of the project are that by the end of 4 years, each DHB has (at a minimum) implemented interRAI homecare and contact assessments as the assessment for support services for older people; and uses the interRAI Home Care and Contact Assessments as part of an integrated assessment process. The scope of the project includes all 21 DHBs; the interRAI Contact Assessment & Home Care Assessment (non complex to complex); services that support community based care for older people and alignment with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).


Currently available instruments in New Zealand are:

interRAI CA Contact Assessment (for persons with non-complex or short term care requirements in community settings)

interRAI HC Home Care (for persons with more complex care needs)

interRAI LTCF Long Term Care Facility (for residential care services, RAI 2.0 version only)


Please contact olderpeople@moh.govt.nz for more information.