Seniors Collaborative Action Project (SCAP)


The Seniors Collaborative Action Project (SCAP) is a Commonwealth  funded initiative operating in the region comprising the local government areas of Barossa, Gawler, Light and Adelaide Plains. The SCAP is one of 12 Collaborative Projects funded in SA to provide ‘sector support and development’ through the establishment of a regional structure that actively engages with services that support the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) target group (frail older people aged 65+ and frail older ATSI people aged 50+, and their carers).
The SCAP is auspiced by the Barossa Council and is managed through a structure of an Executive Committee, the Gawler Region Aged Care Network and the Consumer Enagement Working Group.

Objectives of the Seniors Collaborative Action Project

1.To engage with CHSP grant recipients and consumers, along with other aged care stakeholders, to build capacity of the aged care sector to implement the new reforms.

2. To establish and maintain collaborative partnerships and projects between CHSP grant recipients, the Department, and other aged care stakeholders

3. To support the sector to implement the CHSP and other aged care reforms, and to provide feedback to and from the Commonwealth.

4. To support CHSP providers to deliver quality services which are responsive to client needs, including special needs groups.

For further information please contact:

Debra Anderson
Collaborative Project Officer
phone: 8563 8414
mobile: 0400 439 762

Click here to download the SCAP Terms of Reference.

Committee and Working Group information:

Executive Committee
Chair: Vicki Williamson
Phone: (08) 8562 4000

Minutes from meetings are available below.

11 April 2013; 9 May 2013; 27 June 2013; 25 July 2013; 22 Aug 2013; 28 Nov 2013; 6 Feb 2014; 22 MAY 2014; 24 JULY 2014; 30 OCT 2014; 26 FEB 2015; 10 SEPT 2015; 8 DEC 2015; 18 FEB 2016; 26 MAY 2016; 25 AUG 2016; 24 NOV 2016; 29 JUNE 2017; 28 SEPT 20175 DEC 2017; 6 MARCH 2018; 5 JUNE 2018; 4 SEPT 2018

RAS/MAC Troubleshooting Working Group

This group commenced meeting in January 2016 and met quarterly until the end of 2018 when it decided to merge with the Gawler Region Aged Care Network (GRACN).

The objectives of the Group were:

• To develop closer ties between service providers and RAS providers in the region which results in a more efficient and effective assessment and referral process.
• To gain a better understanding of the services available in the region, and to identify any gaps.
• To exchange ideas about service needs in the region.
• To be informed about program changes to CHSP and MAC and general updates regarding Aged Care Reform.
• To identify issues that are impacting on effective service delivery and, where possible, to resolve them at the regional level.
• To identify unresolvable issues to be communicated to the Department of Health via the Collaborative Project Officer.

Minutes from meetings are available below:

28 JAN 2016; 28 APRIL 2016; 28 JULY 2016; 17 NOV 2016; 16 FEB 2017; 27 APRIL 2017; 27 JULY 2017; 2 NOV 2017; 22 FEB 2018; 31 MAY 2018; 22 NOV 2018

Consumer Engagement & Participation Working Group
Chair: Lynette Seccafien

This group meets as needed to organise Ageing in Style Expos across the region.

Minutes from meetings are available below.

21 May 2013; 18 June 2013;  15 July 201319 Aug 2013; 18 Nov 2013; 16 Dec 201317 Feb 2014; 17 March 2014; 28 April 2014; 19 May 2014; 16 June 2014; 14 July 2014; 29 July 2014; 18 Aug 2014; 16 Sept 2014; 28 Oct 2014; 2 Dec 2014; 17 Feb 2015; 17 March 2015; 19 May 2015; 16 June 2015; 21 July 2015; 15 Sept 2015; 20 October 2015; 24 Nov 2105; 16 Feb 2016; 19 APRIL 2016; 21 JUNE 2016; 19 JULY 2016; 13 SEPT 2016; 15 NOV 2016; 21 FEB 2017; 18 APRIL 2017; 18 JULY 2017; 17 OCT 2017; 20 DEC 2017; 13 MARCH 2018; 24 APRIL 2018; 7 AUG 2018; 10 DEC 2018

Gawler Region Aged Care Network (GRACN) (formerly Home Support and Home Care Packages Working Group and GASHAN)
Chair: Rotates
More information available here

Minutes from meetings are available below.

28 March 2013; 24 July 2013; 25 Sept 2013; 27 Nov 2013; 26 Feb 2014; 7 MAY 2014; 25 JUNE 2014; 27 AUGUST 2014; 22 OCTOBER 2014; 28 JANUARY 2015; 25 MARCH 2015; 27 MAY 2015; 22 JULY 2015; 23 SEPTEMBER 2015; 25 NOVEMBER 2015; 17 FEBRUARY2016; 20 APRIL 2016; 22 JUNE 2016; 24 AUG 2016; 26 OCT 2016; 22 MARCH 2017; 17 MAY 2017; 19 JULY 2017; 20 SEPT 2017; 29 NOV 2017: 21 FEB 2018; 18 APRIL 2018; 20 JUNE 2018; 15 AUG 2018; 17 OCT 2018; 12 DEC 2018

SCAP Dementia Task Force

This Task Force met for the purpose of planning and organising a Dementia Community Information Forum at the end of 2014.

Minutes from meetings are available below.

22 MAY 2014; 23 JUNE 2014; 6 AUG 2014; 3 SEPTEMBER 2014; 1 OCTOBER 2014; 21 OCTOBER 2014

SCAP Dementia Awareness Month Activities 2016

Pop-Up Expo Roadshow:

Itineraries for: 20th and 22nd September 2016

Community Information Session:

Memory & Ageing Wednesday 21st September, 2016 at 10:30am

Nuriootpa Library Display: 19-30 September 2016

Dementia Friendly Communities 

Changing Minds Dinner Monday 19th September, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Vine Inn

Project Forum

The SCAP Forum was an open group and consisted of senior representatives from key regional stakeholders, regional service providers and chairs of SCAP Working Groups.
Role of SCAP Forum:
To facilitate a coordinated regional approach which contributes to the planning and delivery of community care services, at the local level, for the Commonwealth HACC target group, including:

  • identifying service gaps, directions and priorities for service reform.
  • facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of specific local service delivery strategies.
  • engaging in Project activities that address the transition to Commonwealth HACC and other Aged Care Reforms.

Project Forum minutes are available below. The Project Forum ceased in 2015 as determined by the sector.

March 2013June 2013; September 2013; March 2014; 12 JUNE 2014; 25 SEPTEMBER 2014; 9 APRIL 2015

Training and Development

SCAP organises training and development for aged care providers, for staff and independent contractors.

Click on the links below for information about the latest T & D opportunity.

Wellness Practice for Support Workers & Volunteers - CHSP : 24/02/16

Supporting Family Carers Workshop 30/8/16

A Taste of Resilience - 16 March 2017

Sexual Diversity Consciousness Raising Workshop - 11 July 2017

"Living with ..." Gawler Forum and Resilience & Well-being Workshop - 14 September 2017

"Living with..."Barossa Forum and Resilence & Well-being Workshop - 30 November 2017

Aged Care Mental Health Forum – Barossa Region 1 December 2017

Keeping Connected Workshop 12 April 2018

FREE Information Sessions for independent contractors, care workers and volunteers, 27 August 2018

Barossa Healthy Ageing Sessions August 2018

Kapunda Healthy Ageing Info Sessions 30 Aug 2018

Ageing in Style Expos

Access to information about aged care services and other goods and services that enhance quality of life for older people is a major need for consumers in the region.  To address this, the Seniors Collaborative Action Project (SCAP) organises expos for seniors. 

SCAP won the District Council of Mallala 2015 Australia Day Award for “Community Event of the Year”.

SCAP was the regional winner of the 2018 Minister for Health & Wellbeing Excellence in Public Health Award for the Ageing in Style Expo Roadshow

Dates for four Ageing in Style Expos in 2019 across the SCAP region are below.  Click on the date for the poster which will be upoaded approximately 1 month before each event.

2018 Expo Directory of Stall Holders





Friday 5 April 2019



Gawler Sport & Community Centre, 7 Nixon Tce, Gawler

Thursday 6 June 2019


Freeling Multi-Purpose Centre


Thursday 22 August 2019 10.00am - 1.00pm

 Two Wells Oval Complex, Old Port Wakefield Road


Thursday 24 October 2019


Barossa Co-op Mall, Nuriootpa


Advance Care Directives

The new Advanced Care Directive replaces the existing Enduring Power of Guardianship, Medical Power of Attorney and Anticipatory Direction with a single Advance Care Directive Form. 

Advanced Care Directive kits are available in all of the library branches across the SCAP region, and at Services SA office in Gawler, or they canbe downloaded or purchased from this website:

More information about Planning Ahead is available from the Office of the Public Advocate:

For a FREE CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION to assist you to put your Advance Care Directive together, contact The Barossa Council Home Assist ph: 8563 8411 to make an appointment with a volunteer from the Advance Care Planning Reference Group to be held at the Nuri Library in the morning on Saturdays in 2019. Flyer here.

SCAP Submissions

SCAP has prepared a regional response to a number of discussion papers.

CHSP Manual 2014

National Fees Policy 2015

CHSP Programme Manual 2015 & Good Practice Guide for Restorative Care Approaches

SCAP Response to Designing the New Integrated Carer Support Service

SCAP Response to Discussion paper: Future reform – an integrated care at home program to support older Australians

Other Collaborative Projects in SA

SCAP is one of 12 Collaborative Projects operating in SA.  Contact details for other projects can be found here.


Friday 7 July 2017 Flyer here

SA COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS 2018 SYMPOSIUM "Putting into Practice Wellness & Reablement"

31 August  2018 Flyer here

Stage 1 Increasing Choice in Home Care Feedback April- May 2017

One of the key roles of the Collaborative Project Officers is to identify the impact of Aged Care Reforms on the South
Australian aged care sector and feedback pertinent information to the Department of Health.
On 27th February 2017, Stage 1 of the Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms commenced, and the former Home
Care Packages system was superseded by “A new national process (that) will deliver a consistent national system for
assigning home care packages to eligible consumers …. managed by My Aged Care.”
To ascertain the impact of the new system on service providers and consumers, the SA Collaborative Project network
conducted a survey of service providers.
This report summarises the findings of the survey which was completed by 100 respondents from the following
regions during the period 21st April – 4th May 2017.

Community Presentations & Information Sessions

SCAP can arrange for speakers to present on any of the following topics. Contact Deb to organise on 8563 8414 or

  • Navigating the Aged Care System
  • My Aged Care
  • Dementia 
  • Pills and Spills – medication management & falls prevention
  • 'Centrelink Tips and Traps'
  • Older drivers, safer vehicles, fitness to drive and assessments 
  • Travel options and retiring from driving 
  • Motorised Mobility Scooters
  • Memory and Ageing 
  • Older Person’s Rights and Advocacy
  • Advance Care Directives – Planning for the Future
  • Funeral Planning - Options

"Aged Care at Home Information Service"

More info here

The Barossa Council and Town of Gawler have responded to community need for easier access to information about how to navigate the aged care system.
With financial support from the Country SA Primary Health Network to cover advertising and promotion costs, the two Councils have established the
“Aged Care at Home Information Service”.
Information about My Aged Care, the different type of services available and the local service providers who provide them is available.
Also, what to expect during the assessment and registration process and the cost of services can be discussed during the appointment.
Appointments can take up to an hour depending on the information needed.
To make a free appointment call The Barossa Council 8563 8411 or the Town of Gawler 8522 1177.

Click for poster and flyer 

Useful Links

Aged Care Complaints: Lodge a Complaint

Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS)

Ageing & Aged Care - Australian Government Department of Health

Carers' and Disability Link Barossa

Catalyst Foundation (formerly Seniors Information Service)

CHSP Programme Manual 2017


My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422

Multi Cultural Aged Care Inc

Northern Carers Network

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Office of the Public Advocate

SA Country Carers