Given Mitch Fifield’s latest call for a swifter move to consumer-led markets, which comes amidst the major changes to home and community care, there is an opportunity to seriously address the shortage in respite provision, writes Chris Gration.
Improving home support workers’ training and conditions has been the most important step in reforming New Zealand’s community aged care system over the last 12 years.
Six months after the Quality Agency assumed responsibility for quality in community care and some in the sector are still seeking proof it won’t simply impose a residential-based framework, while the agency says it acknowledges community care is different.
In AAA online’s regular legal column, Julie McStay responds to a reader’s question: When will a provider’s duty of care override a consumer’s right to choose?
There is mounting concern over the long-term future of rural and remote and Aboriginal-specific home care service provision in NSW as the State Government seeks to privatise its home care unit by mid-year.
With the government confirming work is underway on a new aged care workforce strategy, workforce is shaping up to a be a key area of action in 2015, but an expert has warned that community aged care is the sleeper issue.
Existing providers of home support services will be funded for two years as part of the transition to the new Commonwealth Home Support Program from 1 July, the Abbott Government announced on Thursday.