News feed: Aged Care Reforms

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



My Aged Care – Do you need a representative?

Last year two COTA Queensland Peer Educators participated directly in three national co-design workshops aimed at improving the My Aged Care system. The recent My Aged Care system upgrades were informed by some of the recommendations from these workshops. In particular the clarification and information around having or being a ‘representative’.  ...


Improvements to My Aged Care

From 3 July 2017, My Aged Care is making changes to better support clients, including clients with diverse needs and improve access to information for health professionals.

These improvements will support clients through their My Aged Care journey, ensuring they are able to receive the assessments and aged care services they need. The changes will also improve health professionals’ access to information to support them to provide continuity of care for their patients.

Key changes:

  • a clearer approach to who
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International aged care: a quick guide

The Parliamentary Library has released a paper on aged care from an international perspective.

Aged care, as it is known in Australia, is usually called ‘long-term care’ or ‘social care’ in other countries.  It is organised, funded and delivered in many different ways. Not all countries provide public support, and levels of social protection (public coverage of care costs) vary widely. There is also significant international variation in the terms used for different types of care, and these can … Read the rest



Aged Care Reforms Update: Announcements

Commonwealth Home Support Programme – extension of funding arrangements

Funding arrangements for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) have been extended until 30 June 2020 to provide certainty to the sector and pave the way for further home care reform.

This includes extending funding agreements with CHSP service providers from
1 July 2018 (1 July 2019 in Victoria), with new funding conditions to provide a greater focus on activities that support independence and wellness and provide more choice for consumers.… Read the rest



Aged Care Reforms Update: Consultations and Reports

National review of wellness and reablement in home care

The department has recently engaged Nous Group to undertake a national review of wellness and reablement approaches within the home care sector.

The review will:

  • help us to better understand existing programs and pathways and barriers to implementing wellness and reablement approaches
  • be used to develop strategies for embedding wellness and reablement approaches in the home care sector now and in the future.

Your participation will make sure we learn about … Read the rest



Diversity Framework Consultation Now Open

The first stage of public consultations is now open for the development of a broader diversity Framework to build on and replace the existing National Ageing and Aged Care Strategies for: ...


Exit Fees and Home Care Packages

From 27 February 2017, home care package funds follow the consumer. Clients will be able to choose a provider who best meets their goals and needs, and to change their provider if they wish, for example if they move to another area to live. If a client decides to make a change, their unspent home care package funds (less any exit amount) will move with them to their new provider. These changes give consumers more choice over their provider and … Read the rest



Aged Care Reforms Update: New Resources

The Department has released some new/revised resources following the changes to Home Care Packages on 27 February 2017

Your guide to home care package services

This booklet explains how older people with a range of higher care needs can access support in their home, through a coordinated Home Care Package. Translations and printed copies are available.

Your pathway to accessing a home care package brochure

This brochure provides older Australians and their families or carers with the information to understand … Read the rest