The Federal Government has announced residential aged care will receive an additional $320 million as part of its new $662 million package to support older Australians.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has released a four-stage implementation plan to meet its recommendations of minimum staffing and providing 4.3 hours of care per resident per day by 2025.
Doctors’ groups have welcomed the additional $98 million to increase payments to general practitioners visiting aged care residents announced in the Government’s half yearly budget update.
The federal government will provide $552.9 million for aged care spending and release 10,000 high-level home care packages within weeks.
As Australia’s aged care sector straps itself in for an 18-month royal commission, providers have pledged to co-operate “fully and transparently to achieve the outcomes we all want”.
The head of a leading aged care provider has expressed frustration over the announcement of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, saying it is a “shame” things have reached this point.
Aged care providers say they don’t fear scrutiny or accountability and have vowed to participate in the Royal Commission into the sector in the interests of a stronger and safer aged care system.
As the dust settles after a week of turmoil in federal politics, aged care has emerged as one of the battlefields.
Aged care providers have been left disappointed after Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to appoint a dedicated ageing and aged care minister to his new cabinet.
The federal government has come under pressure for its “woeful” inactivity on releasing data about waiting lists for home care packages.
The Turnbull Government is seeking to boost the retirement incomes of asset-rich, cash-poor pensioners by expanding the eligibility of the government’s Pension Loans Scheme.
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.
Friday’s news wrap includes: Peak bodies meet new minister; seniors wanted for social connectedness survey; minister and state peak CEO debate the ceased payroll-tax subsidy; and competition to encourage creative dementia therapies.