Aged Care

Commonwealth Home Support Program

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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Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles

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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Financial Reporting for Providers of Residential Aged Care and Home Care

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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Young People in Residential Care

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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2015-16 Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury - Aged Care Issues

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.

CLICK HERE to read submission.  

CLICK HERE to read attachment to the submission.

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.

ANALYSIS: The 2012 aged care reforms

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.

Submission to Inquiry into ACNC Bill

In its submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee, Catholic Health Australia outlined why it supports repeal of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill and the abolition of the ACNC. The principal reason for CHA's criticism of the ACNC design and support for the repeal Bill is that hospital and aged care regulation provides sufficient consumer protections that the ACNC adds nothing to. Click here to read CHA's submission.

Submission to Inquiry into affordable housing

Catholic Health Australia, in its submission to the Inquiry into affordable housing, called on the Inquiry to recommend the Commonwealth have a significant role in legislating and funding programs that stimulate affordable housing opportunities for older Australians. CHA offered seven recommendations that would help bring about that objective. Click here to read the submission.

Submission to Ministers on Red Tape Reduction

As the Abbott Government seeks to eliminate red tape, Catholic Health Australia wrote to Ministers Kevin Andrews and Mitch Fifield, as well as Parliamentary Secretary Josh Frydenberg, supporting those efforts. The letters can be read by clicking here. CHA also sent the Ministers this attachment, outlining the range of areas in which red tape could be reduced in aged care without compromising quality and safety.

Submission to the National Commission of Audit

In late 2013, the Coalition Government announced there would be a National Commission of Audit.

Click here to read Catholic Health Australia's submission to the Commission of Audit.

Catholic Health Australia's 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 bahavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as an immediate priority.

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