Aged care providers in South Australia are ramping up a grassroots campaign to lobby Coalition MPs over the Federal Government’s cessation of the Aged Care Payroll Tax Supplement and are leaflet dropping in key electorates including that of senior minister Christopher Pyne.
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The Federal Government says it wants a discussion on accessing home equity to meet the costs of Australia’s ageing population, but so far has dismissed one proposed means of enabling it.
After months of speculation, aged services stakeholders will finally see what the Federal Budget 2014-15 holds for the sector when it is handed down by the Treasurer Joe Hockey on Tuesday evening.
Aged care providers, consumers and other stakeholders respond to the Commission of Audit’s recommendations related to ageing and aged care.
The Federal Government’s Commission of Audit has backed claims from aged care providers that the sector is over-burdened with regulation and requires cuts to red tape.
Budgetary pressures associated with an ageing population, increasing demand for community services, and a shrinking tax base are all impacting on the sustainability of healthcare services, writes Rod Cooke.
Australia’s health ministers should agree to a new National Framework for Action on Dementia to ensure better care for people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Australia has said.
The Australian government needs to develop and implement an overarching national action plan that will deliver on a long-term vision for ageing, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) has said.
ACSA has also called for changes to the ACAR process, the mandatory reporting regime and the accreditation system in its submission to the Commission of Audit.
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.