News feed: Aged Care Reforms

More Home Care Packages

In December the Commonwealth Government announced the release of 10,000 high level home care packages as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)  budget review.

The 10,000 new high-level home care packages deliver important services at home, such as complex clinical care from a range of providers, nursing and mobility care, nutrition, hydration and meal preparation and transport support.

The packages will be available from early 2019 and split across 5,000 level 3 and 5,000 level 4 packages … Read the rest

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Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

Following on from the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (the Tune Report) the Commonwealth has announced a streamlined consumer assessment process for all aged care services to be delivered by a new national assessment workforce by 2020.

The Department has released a discussion paper to consult on a streamlined assessment model and seek the views of stakeholders and interested parties, including those representing consumers, assessment services, aged care providers and the health and aged care workforce. Submissions are open … Read the rest

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New Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

The new Aged Care Quality and Safety commission began on January 1 2019 and combines the previous responsibilities of  both the Aged Care Quality Agency and Aged Care Complaints Commission into one streamlined organisation.

COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said the Commission, headed by new Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM, “is another significant step towards stronger monitoring and enforcement of quality in Australia’s aged care system, supported by a regime of unannounced visits by assessors, and new, more consumer-focused aged … Read the rest

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Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Innovation Fund

The Department of Health is seeking expressions of interest (EOI)  for innovative proposals for the delivery of CHSP services. The aim is to “identify more effective, efficient and user-centric options for the provision of entry level aged care services ”.  The EOI will close at 2pm (ACT Local Time, so 3pm in Queensland) Friday 1 February 2019.

More information can be found via the Grants Connect page www.grants.gov.au.

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COTA Australia: 5 urgent fixes needed in aged care right now

Australia’s peak advocacy body for older Australians COTA Australia today outlined the five priority fixes that need to occur in the near future to address well documented failures in aged care while the Royal Commission into aged care is conducting further investigation into the sector.

COTA Chief Executive, Ian Yates said Keep fixing Australia’s aged care system sets out urgent actions the Government must implement in tandem with the Royal Commission if it is serious about aged care reform.

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 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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