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.
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Findings will inform the new taskforce charged with developing a workforce strategy, to be established in July, says minister.
Lengthy inquiry recommends consideration of nursing requirements, publication of staff ratios and efforts to tackle pay in aged care.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has heard from experts about how to address the current exclusion of residents from subsidised psychological services but there is no timeline for action, department officials say.
Aged care provider peak bodies and consumer representatives welcome government adjustments to aged care funding changes but say the saga highlights the urgency of developing a new funding model.
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.
Australian Greens are unsuccessful in push for Senate inquiry into ACFI cuts, while Labor pursues amending terms of Living Longer Living Better review to include review of funding.
Australian Ageing Agenda has been reporting on the key issues this election – from policies to funding cuts. Here are our picks of the top stories you need to know about, as Australia heads to the polls tomorrow.
ELECTION: The need for a full and independent review of ACFI is a key issue facing the sector, Greens spokesperson on ageing Senator Rachel Siewert tells AAA.
The aged care workforce will be the subject of a federal parliamentary review with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert securing support for a Senate inquiry into the future of the sector’s workforce.
The federal and state governments would set up a joint taskforce to oversee the transition of all young people living in residential aged care into appropriate alternative accommodation by June 2018, under proposals put forward by a Senate inquiry.
The opposition parties have echoed providers’ criticisms of the payroll tax supplement change, but the minister tells AAA the matter is now up to the states to decide.
Raising the pension age without addressing age discrimination and the structural issues which lock a significant number of people out of employment risks further entrenching inequality and poverty in older age, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.
Several areas need further examination, refinement and reconsideration – including the issues around payment options for residential care – but the important factor is that the reform process has begun, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.