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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Also in this wrap: ACH Group appoints Mary Patetsos as chair and the Public Health Association of Australia announces a new CEO.
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.
The creation of a “single aged care system” would see the distinction between home care and residential care removed, with consumers free to move between the two, under new changes that could begin in as soon as five years.
The debate about whether government should remove the caps on aged care places is back in full swing. The National Aged Care Alliance today releases its blueprint calling for the phased removal of the rationing of places across aged care, however others argue that the idea of an entitlement is a fiction.
A capped grants scheme, specialised care units or boosting the resources of the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) were among the key proposals discussed at the recent dementia forum to replace the axed dementia supplement.
Read what went down at Monday’s PC report media conference with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
NACA will be calling on the two major political parties to form a bipartisan approach to aged care reform, once the PC’s final report is out.
NACA is a good start but it can not, alone, bring aged care reform over the line. Aged care consultant, Greg Mundy, speaks about the PC draft and potential government reform.