Aged Care

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 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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An unpublished independent research report into the financial viability of residential services in rural and remote regions of New South Wales found that generally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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Catholic Health Australia has recently lodged a submission with the Treasury in response to the draft legislation: Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015: Limiting FBT concessions on salary packaged entertainment.

 

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The new Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)commences on 1 July 2015. The new program consolidates the former HACC Program, the National Respite for Carers Program, the Day Therapy Centres Program and the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program to become the new entry-level tier for Australia’s aged care system. In preparation for the launch of the CHSP, the Department of Social Services released for public consultation a draft Program Manual, Fees Policy and Good Practice Guide for Reablement/Wellness. Catholic Health Australia has provided a submission to the Department commenting on aspects of the draft documents.

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Following the release of the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles, which was endorsed by the Prime Minister to guide future changes to the aged care system, the sector was invited to identify opportunities to embed the Principles in the design of Australia’s future aged care system. Catholic Health Australia’s submission in response to this invitation argues that changing the current system to one that is consumer-led and demand-driven presents the best opportunity to embed the Principles.

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Lodged 28 February 2015, for Catholic Health Australia’s submission in response to the invitation for comment on the discussion paper Proposed Changes to Financial Reporting for Providers of Residential Aged Care and Home Care

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CHA made a submisson to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs for the Committee's Inquiry into the adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabiities in Australia.

As the submission is written from the perspective of Catholic aged care providers, a number of whom accommodate and care for a relatively small number of younger people with a disability, the submission focuses on only 3 of the Committee's Terms of Reference.  These are set out in the submission.

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In response to the Treasurer's invitation to provide views regarding priorities for the 2015-16 Budget, CHA lodged a submission on 20 January 2015.

CHA's submission concerns the care of the increasing number of older Australians due to the ageing of our population.  It calls for a clear statement that it is the Government's intention to transition to a contestable market-based aged care system so that providers, financiers and equity investors, who are making long term investments, and consumers have certainty about the Government's policy intentions.  The submission also identifies the care of older people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as an immediate priority.

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Catholic Health Australia’s pre-budget submission calls for a clear statement that it is the Government’s  intention to transition to  a contestable market-based aged care system so that  providers, financiers and equity investors, who are making long term investments, and consumers have certainty about the Government’s policy intentions. The submission also identifies the care of older people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as an immediate priority.

In this document, The 2012 Aged Care Reforms: The Changing World for Aged Care Providers, Catholic Health Australia offers a comprehensive analysis of the aged care reforms that were announced in 2012 and continue to be implemented. The analysis looks specifically at the reforms from a provider perspective. Click here to access the document.

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