The federal government has denied using smoke and mirrors to con older Australians about home care by trying to pass off old announcements as new ones in the budget.
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A government committee is considering putting a cap on home care package administration fees amid claims some providers are charging up to 45 per cent on top of service fees.
It is time to rethink retirement in our ageing society, writes Senator Helen Polley.
The Department of Health has not met its July deadline for the release of data on the new national queue for home care, a key transparency measure of the government’s home care reforms.
Assessment teams in just two states are meeting their targets for “high priority” referrals, health department officials have revealed.
Department of Health officials have defended the outsourcing of major pieces of research and analysis that will inform the government’s current review of reforms and shape its future plans for the sector.
ALP Senator Helen Polley continues to criticise the government’s cuts to ACFI while her party this week voted with the Coalition ensuring the changes continue.
The opposition has accused the Federal Government of outsourcing its leadership role in assisting the aged care sector to meet its workforce requirements and abandoning a commitment to develop an aged care workforce strategy.
Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield has called on the Opposition to “come clean” on how it would fund a reinstated Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement as the political slanging match over the supplement continues.
Aged care providers say they are reviewing staffing models and putting building plans on hold in the wake of the government’s axing of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement.
The Opposition has blocked the Federal Government’s moves to repeal the Aged Care Workforce Supplement.