This week, the Federal Budget delivered the disappointment expected by many in the aged care sector.
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From the dementia supplement debacle to the department’s computer glitches, and red tape cuts finally getting underway to current and future reforms on the horizon – Australian Ageing Agenda presents our top picks for the high and low points of 2014.
Budgetary pressures associated with an ageing population, increasing demand for community services, and a shrinking tax base are all impacting on the sustainability of healthcare services, writes Rod Cooke.
Advocacy groups are now starting to set their sights on the 2013/14 state and federal government budgets. One of the first to launch a pre-budget campaign is Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.
LASA and ACSA have both announced plans to launch campaigns to fight for more funding and convince the federal government to reverse changes to the ACFI.
CEO of Amana Living and deputy president of ACSA, Ray Glickman, tells AAA why he is worried that the government may not have achieved the right mix in its recently announced, ‘Living Longer Living Better’ aged care reform package.
Tonight’s federal budget announcement is a must-watch event. According to NACA, Treasurer Swan’s budget speech will give the government the green light to get moving on implementing aged care reforms.
The Commonwealth has recently announced it will fund a ‘blitz’ on public dental waiting lists and introduce the long-awaited NDIS as part of the 2012/13 Federal Budget.
The Dietitians Association has published a new study showing malnutrition is a big risk for older people living at home, and wants the condition to be made a national health priority.
At around 11.30am today, PM Julia Gillard and Minister Mark Butler, officially announced its response to the PC’s aged care inquiry. Read the details, as the government presented them.
A mainstream media news article, published today, has beaten the federal government to the punch in announcing that two key aged care reforms will be included in the upcoming budget. But some are questioning the claims.
An overwhelming majority of Australian voters would opt for Treasury’s money to be spent on aged care reform, rather than being kept aside as a budget surplus, a new survey has found.
The Australian Greens has urged the sector to keep pressuring the federal government for reform because, in the current political and economic climate, anything is possible.
The Treasury asked for 2012-13 Budget suggestions and the sector spoke up, telling the federal government that this year should be the year of the aged care budget in a recent ACIC pre-budget submission.