News feed: Aged Care Reforms

Reforms to Human Services Inquiry Report

This report was sent to Government on 27 October 2017 and publicly released on 26 March 2018.

The Commission has made recommendations on how to apply increased competition, contestability and informed user choice to the human services that were identified in the first stage study report to improve outcomes for users, and the community as a whole.

This inquiry is about finding ways to put the people who use human services at the heart of service provision. This matters because … Read the rest

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Senate Inquiry Report – Residential Aged Care

The interim report from the Senate Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised was released 13 February 2018.

The particular focus of the inquiry was on the Makk and McLeay wards of the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility in South Australia; and the failure of regulatory systems to identify and address serious issues … Read the rest

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Caring for Indigenous Australians in residential aged care

The Australian Government Department of Health has engaged the Aged Care Channel to develop an educational program about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People receiving aged care services.

The program uses storytelling and interviews to explain how to:

  • recognise and respond to cultural needs
  • provide culturally appropriate support.

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The Aged Care Workforce Strategy

Seeking your views!

A public consultation on the Aged Care Workforce Strategy is now open on the Consultation Hub.

The Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced an expert taskforce, led by Professor John Pollaers, to develop a wide-ranging workforce strategy for the aged care industry for growing and sustaining the workforce and providing aged care services and support for older people, to meet their care needs in a variety of settings across Australia.… Read the rest

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Draft Aged Care Quality Standards

The Australian Government Department of Health has recently released the Draft Aged Care Quality Standards. The Standards are designed to focus on quality outcomes for consumers rather than provider processes. This will make it easier for consumers, their families, carers and representatives to understand what they can expect from a service.

Organisations will be expected to demonstrate how they work in partnership with consumers (and others the person wishes to involve such as family and friends), for example supporting consumers … Read the rest

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse action plan

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The Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group is developing an action plan to address the specific barriers and challenges faced by older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups when accessing aged care.

The action plan will sit under the Aged Care Diversity Framework, launched by the Hon Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, in December last year.

To inform the action plan, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia … Read the rest

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Corrective actions to address home care package withdrawals

The Australian Government Department of Health has taken proactive steps to address instances where home care packages have been withdrawn in error, including:

  • recent enhancements to the My Aged Care system to prevent the withdrawal of packages
  • the allocation of additional staff to investigate and reinstate packages where appropriate.

The majority of known instances of incorrect package withdrawals are expected to be resolved by the end of January 2018 with the department contacting providers directly to resolve enquiries about any … Read the rest

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New Aged Care Diversity Framework

The Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, has launched the Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The Framework will help the aged care sector ensure that older people receive aged care services appropriate to their diverse needs.

Under the Framework, three action plans are being developed to address the specific barriers and challenges faced by:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI).
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Specialist Dementia Care Units

 

In 2016, the Australian Government announced it would establish Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs) to support people who experience very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The department welcomes your feedback on the proposed high-level design of SDCUs. A detailed consultation paper has been published. The consultation period will close on 21 January 2018. For more information and to participate, please visit the Department of Health’s Consultation Hub.

 

 

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Industry alert: emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest

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