Nearly 90,000 older Australians approved for a home care package are unable to access the care they need, the first-ever data on unmet consumer demand for packages has revealed.
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There is little outright political backing for a bill introduced into the Senate to mandate minimum staff-to-resident ratios in aged care, although there is broad support to address the workforce issues it highlights.
UPDATED: A Senate inquiry into aged care quality assessment and accreditation is struggling to capture the interest of an industry regularly under review and a Senate with much on its plate.
Aged care peak organisations and some large providers have expressed concern at the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s plan to charge operators to conduct annual unannounced spot checks on them.
The network of nine state-based agencies that provide advocacy to older people receiving or seeking aged care has been appointed to run the commonwealth’s new national program.
Just four years after selling all its bed licenses retirement village operator Lendlease has returned to aged care with a bang, picking up the largest individual share of the 10,000 new places.
Residential aged care facilities could be a key beneficiary of Australia’s new e-health system, so why aren’t more engaging?
The Federal Government’s proposed merger of the Commonwealth Home Support Program and home care packages has been pushed back until July 2020.
The My Aged Care platform will get a $3.1 million funding boost in 2017-18 to improve ICT system performance and efficiency, the government announced in last night’s budget.
Aged care providers are concerned the sudden overhaul of the 457 visa scheme could negatively impact aged care recruitment, particularly in rural areas.
Provider and consumer peak bodies are urging the Federal Government to increase the flexibility of the home care system to distribute packages based on assessed need rather than by funding level.
Residential aged care providers are calling for a long-term funding strategy to ensure sustainable delivery of services and an adequate workforce, warning government that past budget cuts continue to wound the sector.
Long-serving aged care chief executive Vaughan Harding has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to aged care organisations in this week’s Australia Day honours.
Many culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and rural older Australians still don’t have adequate access to aged care services with stakeholders telling the review into aged care reforms more on-the-ground support is needed.