Rural and remote providers welcome recent government funding boosts to aged care provision, and the minister’s public commitment to resolving issues in the bush, but they say government action must go beyond the viability supplement.
There is no compelling case to change the Accommodation Bond Guarantee Scheme in aged care given most aged care operators have adequate prudential arrangements and the government can already levy industry to recoup costs, providers will tell the Aged Care Funding Authority’s review of the scheme.
Using digital technology to enable and empower informal carers is a priority of the digital health agency and its forthcoming national strategy, says the agency’s CEO Tim Kelsey.
Amidst a lack of publicly available data to inform ongoing work on aged care reform and funding in the sector, the Australian Association of Gerontology is holding a forum to explore the evidence.
Residential aged care providers are calling for a long-term funding strategy to ensure sustainable delivery of services and an adequate workforce, warning government that past budget cuts continue to wound the sector.
Providers and consumers will get another chance to share their experiences of using My Aged Care and highlight areas for improvement, the Department of Health has announced.
The government is working with sector stakeholders and consumers on a new diversity framework to ensure seniors who have special needs are adequately cared for in the aged care system, Australian Ageing Agenda has confirmed.
The Federal Government is not committing to remove current restrictions that prevent aged care residents from accessing Medicare-funded psychology sessions, despite a growing chorus of experts calling for a change and mounting media coverage of the issue.
Greg Hunt has been appointed the Minister for Health and Sport while Ken Wyatt has been appointed the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced.
With a growing difference between the average refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) and median house prices in Australia, aged care providers are being advised to consider increasing their bonds.
Sussan Ley has resigned as the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced this afternoon.
The Department of Health has turned to large commercial consultancy firms to provide research and analysis that will inform key aspects of the review into aged care reform and government policy.
A full listing of Australian Ageing Agenda’s coverage of the Federal Government’s ongoing review into Living Longer Living Better and other aged care reforms, which is due to report on 1 August 2017.
Provider groups tell the government’s review into aged care reform that accommodation prices should be determined by the market and they call for the role of the pricing commissioner to be reviewed and possibly abolished.