- ACAT intake and scheduling is centrally managed through the ACAT central office at Macquarie Hospital.
- There are four clinical teams based at Hornsby, Mona Vale, Royal North Shore and Ryde
- Clients are assessed in the community or as inpatients of the private and public hospitals within NSLHD
- Clients are seen in order of priority and date the referral is accepted.
- The preferred location for an ACAT assessment is the persons home
Referrals can be made by anyone to consenting people who are prioritised according to need.
Clients can call My Aged Care PH: 1800 200 422 or log into www.myagedcare.gov.au
Health professionals can complete an online referral at https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/for-health-professionals
All people aged 65 years or older are eligible and for 50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and who live within Northern Sydney Local Health District.
An interpreter or special support person can be provided if required at no cost
People with complex care needs can access subsidised care including:
Residential aged care
Residential aged care respite
Flexible care (transitional care and short term restorative care)
Home care packages
Under special circumstances younger people with a disability can be assessed for access to aged care services under. Contact ACAT directly to discuss eligibility and to receive an Information Pack.
ACAT can also arrange access to other Commonwealth and community services if required.
Inpatient hospital referral process:
Referral for inpatient assessment should be made by a member of the treating team to ensure the patient is ready for assessment. This is generally the social worker or discharge planner.
A completed referral form should be faxed directly to NSLHD ACAT on FAX: 9887 5688 (Please do not email)
To enquire about current approvals social workers and discharge planners should email: NSLHD-ACAT@health.nsw.gov.au
Before being referred for an ACAT assessment patients should have completed the full range of clinical and rehabilitation treatment and need to be medically stable at time of referral and ready to be discharged to their GP.
All Hospital referrals are all prioritised and will be seen within five days.