Aged Care

Pre-Budget 2017-18 Submission (Aged Care)

CHA's submission to Minister for Small Business Hon Michael McCormack MP, urging the Government to take action in its 2017-18 Budget to improve older Australians access to home care packages that match their assessed needs – to be achieved by stepping up the release of new home care places and assigning packages to individuals as prioritised by MyAgedCare.
 
Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Suzanne Greenwood, is disappointed that the Government’s policy to increase the overall target provision ratio to 125 operational aged care places per 1,000 people aged 70 and over by 2021-22 and increasing the target ratio for home care packages to 45, announced in the 2012-13 Budget, has seen little progression.
 
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Submission to ACFA in response to Discussion Paper on the protection of residential aged care lump sum deposits

Catholic Health Australia's letter to the Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) in follow-up to a meeting and in response to its Discussion Paper on the protection of residential aged care lump sum deposits.

CHA recommends the continuation of the current Bond Guarantee Scheme, supported by prudential governance and reporting standards, as it is a simple and cost effective means of protecting residents’ lump sum deposits and ensuring that the sector continues to have access to a vital source of capital. 

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Submission to the Aged Care Legislated Review

As part of the changes to aged care announced in 2012, a comprehensive review was included in the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013 (the Act). The Aged Care Legislated Review will look at the impact of the changes to date and where the system needs to be taken into the future.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission to IPRT addressing draft report on NSW local government rating system

Catholic Health Australia's submission regarding the Independant Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's (IPART) draft report on the New South Wales local government rating system. 

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Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Economics, re: Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016

Catholic Health Australia's submission to the Senate Standing Commitees on Ecnomics in response to the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 makes recommendations with respect to Schdule 7 - Abolishing the Naitonal Health Performance Authority, Schedule 8 - Aged Care and Schedule 20 - Psychiatric Confinement.

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Submission to the Human Services Inquiry - Identifying Sectors for Reform

Submission to the Human Services Inquiry - Identifying Sectors for Reform

Catholic Health Australia's submission to the Productivity Commission's public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services. Catholic Health Australia is strongly of the view that both hospitals and aged care are services where greater competition and consumer choice and control has the potential to significantly benefit consumers and taxpayers. This submission separately addresses issues relating to both hospital and aged care services.

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Submission - Increasing Choice in Home Care - Delegated legislation consultation

Submission - Increasing Choice in Home Care - Delegated legislation consultation

Catholic Health Australia's submission in response to a Department of Health Consultation Paper on proposed changes to the Aged Care Principles and Determinations that are required for the implementation of ‘funds following the consumer’ for  home care packages from 27 February 2017. These changes flow on from  changes that were made by Parliament to the principal legislation (the Aged Care Act 1997) in May 2016.

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Submission to Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Workforce

Submission to Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Workforce 

Catholic Health Australia has been a strong advocate for reform to give older people choice and control over the aged care services they receive and to ensure access by all older Australians needing care, irrespective of their cultural background, financial means or where they live. The successful implementation of these reforms, and the quality of future services, is dependent on the availability of a skilled workforce which is responsive, culturally attuned and up-to-date to deliver best practice aged care. It is also dependent on the continued availability of informal carers.

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CHA's response to the Increasing Choice in Home Care - Stage 1 Discussion Paper

CHA’s response on behalf of the sector's aged care providers to the Department of Social Services’ Discussion Paper on Stage 1 of Increasing Choice in Home Care.

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Issues affecting the financial performance of rural and remote providers, across residential, home and flexible care

An unpublished independent research report into the financial viability of residential services in rural and remote regions of New South Wales found that generally residential aged care services in remote areas are operating with both operating and net losses due to a range of extra costs including the following:

  • The small population on which to draw their client base results in a resident mix with a higher proportion of lower dependency residents and hence lesser funding;
  • Unfavourable occupancy levels sometimes influenced by other residential aged and community care services within the same client catchment areas;
  • Lower than average Accommodation Bond levels and in some cases no capacity to charge a bond or charge due to the family home being unsaleable;
  • Having to maintain staffing levels that are not necessary when the resident profile changes;
  • Higher staff recruitment, retention and training costs;
  • Higher costs for insurances, medicines, incontinence aids, laundry, food and maintenance.”

CHA members confirm that these remain as principal triggers affecting financial performance of residential aged care providers.

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