News feed: Aged Care Reforms

The Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes Review

This Review has been extended with the report now due 27 September.  The purpose of the Review is to examine and report on Commonwealth regulatory practices relating to monitoring the quality and standard of care in residential aged care facilities.

Led by independent reviewer Ms Kate Carnell AO, a veteran public administrator and regulator, in conjunction with Professor Ron Paterson ONZM, an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, health care quality and the regulation of healthcare professions.

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2017 ACFA Annual Report now available

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) presented its 2017 Report on Funding and Financing of the Aged Care Industry to Government on 26 July 2017.

This is the fifth annual report on the funding and financing arrangements and key characteristics of the Australian aged care sector.  Read the report to find out more about:

  • scale and funding structures
  • financial performance based on 2015-16 data
  • commentary on previous and ongoing reforms
  • future opportunities and challenges.

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One Stop Shop for Aged Care activity data and information

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Department of Health have developed the GEN website, a “one–stop shop” for data and information about aged care activity in Australia.  It includes factsheets and infographics on topic such as Admissions into aged care, People using aged care, Services and places in Aged Care and so on. Access the website here. 

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Information for younger people in aged care and the NDIS 

The Department of Health has released information, including:
•    factsheets to support the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
•    how aged care providers can maintain services through the transition period
•    how a younger person can prepare for their NDIS eligibility meeting.
For more information, visit the department’s website.

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Updated ‘costs’ information on My Aged Care

The residential and home care costs information on My Aged Care has been updated.

Updates include:
•    Changes to aged care fees, annual and lifetime caps 
•    Financial hardship assistance
•    Aged care costs if you entered care before 1 July 2014

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New Booklet for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

The Australian Government has released a booklet to support people with understanding the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

This booklet explains how older people can access entry-level support in their home and daily life through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The content follows the consumer pathway from assessment through to ongoing management of the services delivered under the CHSP.The booklet  available in English and 11 other languages and can currently be accessed online.

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My Aged Care Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander translated resources 

Resources specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including translated materials, can be viewed or downloaded from the My Aged Care website:

  • brochures
  • fact sheets
  • print advertisements
  • radio advertisements
  • a poster (in English only)

A new video for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences is also on the My Aged Care website. It provides an overview of My Aged Care, including the services available and how to access them.

View the animation and resources.

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My Aged Care translated resources

A range of resources about how to get started with My Aged Care are available in up to 18 languages. The resources provide information for older people, their families and carers.
You can view or download the following translated materials from the My Aged Care website:

  • fact sheets
  • brochures
  • print advertisements
  • radio advertisements

View the translated resources

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NEW LGBTI resources for aged care providers, workers and consumers

Four new LGBTI resources are now available from the department’s website, including a:

  • 24 minute educational video on LGBTI inclusiveness in aged care
  • consumer factsheet providing an overview of aged care services available and
  • how to access them, specifically for the LGBTI community
  • booklet to guide aged care workers on providing aged care services to people living with HIV
  • new ‘palliative care in aged care’ website with LGBTI resources.

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Resources

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Get involved in the review of aged care quality regulation

You are invited to share your experiences on the Commonwealth’s aged care quality regulatory processes. This independent review is to see how well regulation protects older people receiving aged care.

Ms Kate Carnell AO and Professor Ron Paterson ONZM are leading the review.
They want to hear from:

  • consumers
  • their families
  • carers
  • aged care organisations
  • staff of organisations
  • other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors.

The call for submission closes on 24 July 2017. Please note that … Read the rest

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