The aged care minister has refuted claims that the government is intending to privatise the aged care assessment process as part of plans to streamline assessments.
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The royal commission is seeking feedback from aged care stakeholders on the future design of the aged care system and a proposed new model.
There should be more aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia purely because there is a greater proportion of older people in these areas, the royal commission has heard this week.
The government needs to act on a number of workforce recommendations before the sector can improve employee attraction and retention, the workforce taskforce chair tells the royal commission.
Aged care reforms and urgent action to improve the sector’s viability must go ahead now despite the six-month extension of the royal commission, stakeholders say.