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Welcome to ACST

Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) is the leading peak organisation for aged care services, community care services and retirement villages in Tasmania.

ACST provides members with leadership, advocacy and an expanding knowledge base from which to draw information to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.

Our members are the services providers who offer aged care in the community and within aged care homes. In Australia aged care services are operated by charitable, religious and community organisations, private businesses and state and local governments have been delivering quality services with skill, dedication and compassion for over 100 years.

2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards

Entries are now open for the 2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards.

The Tasmanian Aged Care Awards recognise and reward aged care workers, providers, volunteers and communities in providing services for older Tasmanians. The Awards aim to celebrate outstanding efforts in the delivery of care and services and promote the sharing of good practices and effective responses to community needs.

Now in their sixth year, the Tasmanian Aged Care Awards will bring together the sector's most dedicated and talented individuals, organisations and community groups in a celebration of their dedication and passion for aged care services in Tasmania.

To download a copy of the Awards nomination form and entry guidlines, please click here.

Workshops- It's time to act: Shaping your culture and practices to be CDC ready

  • Launceston, October 28 at theGrandChancellor Hotel
  • Hobart, October 29 at Rydges Hotel

Have you...

  • attended lots of conferences that have given you the overview of the changes that your organisation is facing in moving to consumer directed care in home care, but lacked the practical detail?
  • heard lots about how other people are doing CDC but not had the opportunity to apply it to your own situation?

Are you...

  • serious about getting your CDC model right - giving consumers more choice and control while also remaining financially viable?

Do you...

  • want to get everyone in your organisation on board with CDC?
  • want to get down to the practicalities of what your organisation will need to do to be CDC ready by 1 July 2015? Have you assessed the risks?want an opportunity to take time out with your team to prepare your transition plan?

This workshop will help you to shape your culture and practices to be CDC ready by:

  • identifying how CDC is different from current approaches to service delivery and how it goes beyond person-centred care
  • learning about positive, practical and proven approaches to culture change that will encourage everyone to come on board with CDC
  • understanding consumer perspectives and requirements for CDC
  • finding out if your current organisational culture and practice is CDC ready
  • planning with your team the practical steps for your organisation to become CDC ready.

Click here to download the workshop flier.

Registrations must be made by October 21 via email to

Sample RADs & DAPs Calculator

To download a sample RADs and DAPs calculator, please click here.

RedUSe program

RedUSe (Reducing use of sedatives) is an innovative UTAS-led project aiming to reduce the use of sedatives in aged care facilities.

The program will be implemented in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing, the National Prescribing Service, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Bupa, Southern Cross Care and independent aged care organisations.

RedUSe extensively researched the way psychotropic medicines are prescribed in aged care and used this information to shape an intervention study to reduce the use of sedatives in 25 aged care facilities in Hobart.

2014 SAGE Study tour program

SAGE offers innovative study tours to the aged care and retirement living industries. SAGE delegates have the opportunity to evaluate the advancement of Eldercare from a global perspective and receive insights from some of the world's most highly respected industry professionals.

In 2014, SAGE will be touring Europe, North America and Africa. For more information or to register for these tours please visit

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