Older Australians living with dementia and severe behavioural and psychological symptoms are at risk of receiving a lower quality of care after the Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield announced the Government is scrapping the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement.
Mr Fifield said a projected 10-fold overspend in the first year of the Supplement has made its continuation unaffordable, but the timing of the announcement couldn't be worse, Catholic Health Australia argues.
Registrations are now open for Catholic Health Australia's national conference, "Prophetic Voices", to be held in Brisbane from August 25-27. Keynote speakers include Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton, 2014 Senior Australian of the Year Fred Chaney, Aged Care Pricing Commissioner Kim Cull, Aged Care Financing Authority chair Lynda O'Grady and refugee advocate Paris Aristotle. Scott Stephens, ABC's online editor of religion and ethics, will facilitate a number of sessions, including one analysing Pope Francis's vision for the Church and its ministries.
In May 2014, Catholic Health Australia released a new Advance Care Plan document to help ensure people think about their health care needs and discuss them with others. The resource provides a framework that is consistent with the CHA Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic health and aged care services, but has been designed to be appropriate for people of all faiths and none.