The sector’s anxious wait for final details on the new Commonwealth Home Support Program; the debate about whether community care organisations are ready to deliver the new underlying focus on reablement; and why CDC is a big deal for providers in more ways than one.
These are just some of the hot topics explored in the forthcoming issue of Community Care Review, the new magazine focusing on the community care sector, produced by the team behind Australian Ageing Agenda.
The community aged care sector in Australia is undergoing significant change, with landmark reforms to both home care and home support.
These reforms include the implementation of the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the full rollout of consumer directed care in home care, new arrangements around quality review, and potentially massive changes for respite provision.
As Michael Roberts from Grant Thornton writes in the forthcoming issue of Community Care Review:
“The impact on the aged community care sector of the implementation of CDC for people receiving packaged care at home is likely to be similar in extent to what occurred during other major reforms such as deinstitutionalisation of mental health services in the 1990s, or implementation of activity based funding in acute health – it’s a really big deal.”
And recent comments by the Federal Government suggest more change may be on the horizon, with a signal that home care and home support could be amalgamated in future.
To assist community aged care organisations and their staff to understand and navigate these changes, Community Care Review will provide news and analysis on the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector, as well as opinion from informed commentators and sector leaders.
Leading experts will provide analysis and advice on key areas impacting community care organisations – from finance and budgeting to workforce, technology and legal issues.
Community Care Review will also have a strong focus on evidence-based practice, and will carry a range of engaging articles on research, clinical and practice issues. There will also be a detailed section showcasing useful resources for frontline staff, management and executives.
Throughout Community Care Review there will be a strong focus on the people who make up the sector; the stories of the frontline workers and managers and the issues impacting their daily work lives.
The first issue will be published in January 2015.