During the 2009/2010 financial year there were 7888 hospital admissions in Victoria of people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) facing the challenges of long-term rehabilitation. This illustrated the urgent need for a better coordinated, higher quality model of care for the community, and prompted researchers to work towards developing one.
Models of care involve numerous people, including care professionals, support workers and other individuals.
There have been calls to use innovations in digital and assistive technology to develop a new model of care for Victoria that delivers sophisticated care and therapeutic approaches to get the best levels of independence and value for money, particularly regarding attendant care delivered in the home.
Such a model could improve long-term rehabilitation outcomes for people with TBI in terms of heal/wellbeing and quality of life.
ISCRR has conducted projects aimed at developing a new models of care, that will offer better care to people with TBI living in the community.
An initial scoping project identified a number of institutional and cultural barriers in the existing Victorian model of care that could prevent the development of a more innovative, client-focused model.
This research team published an article in the journal Social Policy and Society, arguing that the move towards more client-focused models will firstly rely upon the creation of appropriate environments.
The next phase of research was to identify best practice models of disability service delivery with potential to be transferred to Victoria, documenting them in a final report. This report illustrates the potential for the TAC to more actively shape the emerging market for the provision of disability support services, and provides recommendations on how the organisation can achieve this.
The full review of the existing literature on the use of incentivised care models is also available. It reveals that thus far, the use of such models in the disability care sector has been limited.