Environmental scan summary

The Knowledge and Implementation Hub team undertook a desktop environmental scan to find high-quality practical resources on rehabilitation, reablement and restorative care for aged care workers. These resources are now available in the Resource Collection of the Hub. To read more about our environmental scan process, see the PDF report below.

What we did 

In July 2022, we conducted structured searches using the Advanced Search version of Google alongside targeted searches of relevant organisational websites. We also consulted the ARIIA Evidence Advisory Group on Rehabilitation, Reablement and Restorative Care to suggest resources to add to our Resource Collection.  

Resources had to be Australian, freely available and useful for practice. They also had to meet certain quality criteria such as currency (last 5 years), author or organisation credibility and objectivity, and content accuracy and depth of coverage.  

What we found 

We identified 67 Australian resources on rehabilitation, reablement and restorative care in aged care. Most of the resources were focused on reablement followed by rehabilitation. Different types of resources were identified: articles, reports, guidelines, fact sheets, videos, toolkits, handbooks and websites. Most of the resources were from the Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care, as well as the Australian Association of Gerontology and KeepAble.  

Keeping the collection current 

The environmental scan process was repeated in May 2023 to find resources produced since July 2022. The project team will continue to repeat the scan process at scheduled intervals to ensure the resource content for rehabilitation, reablement, and restorative care remains up to date. 

You can download the full environmental scan summary report at the link below.