Aged care stakeholders are calling on all candidates to make a significant financial commitment to aged care in the upcoming federal election.
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Significant savings could be made in health and aged care expenditure by boosting government investment in assistive technology, new analysis shows.
Commonwealth Home Support Program providers will be required to submit an annual wellness report under new funding conditions detailed by the Department of Health this week.
The government has confirmed it will share “key parameters behind the modelling” of the $1.2 billion cuts to aged care funding announced in the 2016 Budget with stakeholders.
Aged care providers, consumers and unions have told the re-elected Coalition Government they are united on the further reforms needed to aged care and initial steps must be contained in the next budget.
ELECTION: Uncapping the supply of aged care places, recognising end-of-life care as a priority and finalising a sector workforce strategy are among the commitments stakeholders are seeking from the major parties.
The national rollout of quality indicators covering key clinical areas in aged care is on track, but department concedes work on ‘quality of life’ measure is proving challenging.
The new principles-based fees policy for the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which is to be applied from 1 November, will retain the expectation that client contributions grow to a minimum of 15 per cent of a service provider’s grant revenue, an industry forum has heard.
Aged care providers, unions, health professionals and consumer advocates have agreed on a new blueprint for further aged care reform that calls for the phased removal of the rationing of places across aged care and the move to individual funding in both community and residential care.
The broad aged services sector needs to speak to government with a single voice that is consolidated, professional, clear on the mandates and represents providers and consumers, the CEO of a leading provider has said.
The Queensland, Western Australian and South Australian governments have ruled out granting a payroll tax exemption to aged care providers following the Federal Government’s decision to remove its longstanding supplement from 1 January 2015, which will see providers lose $181 million of revenue in the first year.
The National Aged Care Alliance is developing new options to replace the axed dementia supplement ahead of a government forum on 11 September, including a grant-based program for specialist dementia care.
Gateway staff should carry out aged care assessment eligibility over the phone but comprehensive assessments need to be done face-to-face in the person’s home, according to a new NACA discussion paper.
Election 2013: Rudd announces active ageing grants and support for stroke care. In the absence of comprehensive aged care policy announcements, NACA ramps up its lobbying by launching its ‘end the aged care lottery’ campaign.