With the NRAS coming to an end, a more flexible successor scheme could stimulate the refurbishment of ageing independent living unit stock to provide affordable housing for low-income older people.
Aged care providers have welcomed the Federal Government’s move to simplify the pricing system that is to begin next year, as well as raising the amount of deposit that requires approval by the pricing commissioner to $550,000.
The Opposition argues aged care should be exempt from the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit, but some see it as an opportunity that could lead to the full implementation of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott has said he would direct funding from the aged care workforce supplement back to the general pool of aged care funding to the delight of provider peaks and the wrath of unions.
Consumer advocates have applauded the government’s announcement that a national fee structure will be rolled out across the commonwealth’s new home support program from July 2015, but warn adequate safety nets need to be in place.
Addressing the HISA conference in Adelaide on Wednesday, Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty said that cases of abuse and neglect deserved urgent attention but a broad investigation of the sector and the accreditation standards was not necessary.
Almost 80 per cent of applications for home care packages in the latest Aged Care Approvals Round were unsuccessful, indicating that providers are keen to meet consumer demand but funding is falling far short.
Yesterday’s Workforce Compact may have been worked on by the sector’s trade unions and employer peak bodies, but industry opinion about its impact is divided.
After years of frustrated attempts, the key to achieving structural reform for the aged care system seems to have been broad unity and consensus among the many stakeholders. According to the Minister, it’s been essential.
Catholic Health Australia and COTA say ‘internal adjustments’ won’t stop essential reforms, following the news yesterday of ACCV and ACQ’s withdrawal from ACSA and the establishment of a new national industry association.
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.
Catholic Health Australia is up for meeting the shortfall of medical student internships in 2013 but wants aged care part of the health and medical training model of the future.