News feed: Aged Care Reforms

 ACCC resources for consumers accessing aged care

After advocating for greater information on Australian Consumer Law in aged care and working with the  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the project to develop them, we are excited  to announce the ACCC Home care – know your consumer rights and Home care services – Know your business rights and obligations under the competition and consumer law brochures are set to be released on 16 July.

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Caring for carers of people with dementia

A new way to support isolated carers

Are you the main carer for someone with dementia?

Is it hard to attend things because of your caring duties?

Does isolation or distance make it difficult to meet people?

Would you like to join a free program, from home, and meet others in a similar circumstance?

Carers are invited to join a chat-based six-week group program:

  • To connect with other carers in a similar situation
  • To chat from home in a relaxed,
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Assuring equity of access and quality outcomes for older ATSI peoples

The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) through its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG), has released a landmark report, Assuring equity of access and quality outcomes for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: What needs to be done.

This report summarises the proceedings and outcomes of the 5th National Workshop of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG), held in Perth on 7 November 2017.

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Tools to help providers review policies on client decision-making 

The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre has launched a new resource for aged care providers to develop policy and processes on supported decision-making.

Supported decision-making aims to assist people stay involved in decision-making about their healthcare and lifestyle.

Download the resources here.

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Enhancing consumer engagement – workshops for aged care services

The Quality Agency is partnering with COTA Queensland to conduct industry-focused workshops on developing and enhancing consumer engagement practices in line with the new aged care quality standards. ...

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CHSP Manual Policy updated

The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Manual Policy has been updated and the 2018 version released. This manual continues to reflect the Wellness and Reablement approach and provides case studies and strategies for embedding this approach. It also provides policy clarification on a number of matters and reflects new funding conditions effective 1 July 2018.

Access the manual at agedcare.health.gov.au

 

 

 

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Wellness and Reablement updates

 

A Maturity Framework was used to explore, discuss, and capture the current situation in the service system and identify some good practice examples. ...

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On the queue for home care?

As part of the recent My Aged Care system changes, the Federal Government will start sending ‘readiness’ letters to people who are waiting on the national queue for a Home Care Package.  This letter is targeted at those people who have been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as eligible to receive a home care package, but are waiting for a Home Care Package to become available.

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Integrated Carer Support Service

On 5 March 2018, the Australian Government announced funding of an additional $85.6 million over four years for the introduction of new services for carers.

This will provide carers with access to new early intervention supports and services to improve carers well-being and long term outcomes.

The new services form part of the integrated carer support service (ICSS) to be implemented in two stages:

  • From October 2018, carers will be able to access new digital services including peer support, counselling,
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National Palliative Care Standards 5th Edition

The National Palliative Care Standards (Edition 5) have been updated following consultation with the palliative care community and other stakeholders.

The National Palliative Care Standards (the Standards) clearly articulate and promote a vision for compassionate and appropriate specialist palliative care. The Standards recognise the importance of care that is person-centred and age-appropriate; and which pays particular attention to the needs of people who may be especially vulnerable or at risk.

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