News tagged with Aged Care

Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework – Homelessness Action Plan

The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee has started work on an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework to help the aged care sector support older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).

The Sub-group is supported in this work by a reference group which has been convened by the Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG). HAAG has received funding from the Department of Health.

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New online resource Life Checks recognises we need to plan well to achieve the best possible ageing

Australia’s leading senior’s advocacy organisation COTA Australia has congratulated the government on the launch of its new Life Checks campaign, website and resources, which may potentially provide life checks and information for more than 9 million mid-life and older Australians.

COTA Australia CEO, Ian Yates, said the Life Checks questionnaire and supporting resources are recognition that we need to plan as a nation for a population that is living longer than ever before.

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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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Emergency Planning for Aged Care Services

 

It is important that all aged care providers are well prepared and able to respond to emergency events.

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

It is important that you are well prepared for any events which may impact your service.

The Australian Department of Health website provides resources that you may wish to consider in your planning.

Volunteering Queensland has released two disaster preparedness tools to help older Queenslanders to start basic disaster … Read the rest

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Enhancing consumer engagement – Hobart, TASSeptember 27 -

 

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Consumer engagement, choice and control, and the effective engagement of consumers in governance and continuous improvement, is central to the outcomes and requirements that underpin the new aged care quality standards.

The new aged care quality standards increase the focus on quality outcomes for consumers. This means aged care services and organisations should consider how they engage with consumers to partner, co-design and target services that meet the consumer’s expectations and needs.

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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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Enhancing consumer engagement – Perth, WASeptember 18 -

 

Overview

Consumer engagement, choice and control, and the effective engagement of consumers in governance and continuous improvement, is central to the outcomes and requirements that underpin the new aged care quality standards.

The new aged care quality standards increase the focus on quality outcomes for consumers. This means aged care services and organisations should consider how they engage with consumers to partner, co-design and target services that meet the consumer’s expectations and needs.

The aim of this workshop is to … Read the rest

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