News feed: Aged Care Reforms

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

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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.

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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: ...

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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

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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

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Seeking your views – New quality standards and streamlined assessment

Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has called for submissions on proposed changes to the aged care quality standards and the way providers are assessed against the standards. These changes are two major components of the Single Aged Care Quality Framework.

Submissions will close on Friday 21 April 2017.

They want to hear from consumers, their families and carers, aged care organisations, staff of organisations, and other professionals in the aged care sector … Read the rest

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Aged care news carousel

The Department of Human Services now has a news carousel. We will be publishing regular articles on Aged Care. In addition the site will soon have short ‘coffee break’ videos on demand (VODs) covering subjects like accommodation supplement.

You can subscribe for monthly emails to notify you about recent articles. To complete this click on the link below, select ‘All News’ and fill out the fields requesting Name and Email and subscribe.

www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/professions/aged-care-providers

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Have your say!

Your opportunity to have a say about how wellness and reablement approaches can become embedded in the home care sector. ...

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UPDATED Department of Health: Ageing and Aged Care resources

Updated resources resources are now available from the Department of Health.

How to get started with My Aged Care

How to get started with My Aged Care brochure is aimed at older people, their carers and families before they have contacted My Aged Care for the first time. It provides an overview of aged care services and how to access them through My Aged Care and can be shared by service providers, assessors, GPs, hospitals and community organisations.
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Increasing Choice in Home Care Changes 27 February: Support for Older People and Service Providers

With the shift to consumer directed care in home care through the provision of information, resources and workshops. A focus is on ‘coproduction’; that is, older people and their carers working together with service providers to bring these changes into practice.  ...

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