Reform impacts on occupational therapy

The reality is very different to what was hoped for, writes Christina Wyatt – professional practice advisor in aged care at Occupational Therapy Australia.

Occupational therapists have long been an inte...

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  1. Well said, Christina. The Commonwealth Government remains silent on whether they intend to implement several key Royal Commission recommendations on allied health. This is simply not good enough considering the previous Government accepted most of those recommendations three years ago.

    Those recommendations included providing allied health services on a needs basis, with aged care providers generally being the ones paying for that provision. But instead, we know some providers are simply telling consumers and their families that they don’t provide the service and that consumers should seek it themselves. This then means that despite already paying for residential aged care, consumers are paying privately (or part paying via the few Medicare visits permitted) for allied health services that the Royal Commission regarded as essential to wellbeing and quality of life. This makes a mockery of any claim that our aged care system, as recommended by the Royal Commission, prioritises reablement.

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