Aged Care

Election 2010: Analysing aged care policy

CHA's expert policy analysts produced analysis of the parties' aged care election policies as they are announced.

Submission into Planning Options and Services for People Ageing with a Disability

People with a profound or severe disability should be entitled to lifelong care and support, Catholic Health Australia has told the Inquiry. This could be done through a Commonwealth-funded scheme to guarantee appropriate care for all people aged over 65 who are assessed as in need of care, regardless of the setting in which that care is delivered.

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Survey of Access to General Practice Services in Residential Aged Care

Catholic Health Australia has conducted a national survey of aged care providers to assess the level of access to GPs enjoyed by residents of aged care homes, and the quality of information and interactions between GPs and aged care providers.

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Submission to the Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument

Having supported and welcomed the introduction of the Aged Care Funding Instrument, Catholic Health Australia offered a number of recommendations it felt would improve the system upon its introduction.

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National approaches to ageing well in rural and remote locations

This assessment of the Productivity Commission's draft report Caring for Older Australians was presented to the 11th national conference of the National Rural Health Alliance -- March 2011.

Over the years, a range of policies and programs targeting the provision of aged care services in rural and remote locations have been developed.  The Productivity Commission's recommendations, if implemented, would result in a fundamental reshaping of the current aged care system. The paper assesses the implications of the recommendations for rural and remote services and, where relevant, also considers the Productivity Commission's recommendations in the context of other recent reforms in the primary health care sector affecting rural and remote health services.

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Putting palliative care on the national policy agenda

The neglect of palliative care in the broader health policy agenda presents as an urgent health challenge for governments. Palliative care is not an optional extra -- it must be viewed as an integral core component of health care delivery and take place in any setting. Governments must invest in providing palliative care services as a core part of health care and not as an "add-on extra".

Catholic Health Australia's new publication, Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care, aims to contribute to the revision of the National Palliative Care Strategy and calls for an adherence to fifteen principles that should be responded to by governments and service providers in order to deliver excellence in palliative care.

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Community aged care: A better way forward

Following a 2009 forum on the changing face of aged care, Catholic Health Australia produced a policy paper that presented a package of reforms to improve the responsiveness and sustainability of community aged care services.

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Response to NHMRC paper on ethical issues around palliation and end-of-life care

Catholic Health Australia, in its response to the National Health and Medical Research Council's discussion paper, Ethical Issues Involved in the Transitions to Palliation and End of Life Care for People with Chronic Conditions, disagreed with many of the paper's assertions and advised the council of CHA's Code of Ethicals Standards, which outlines the ways Catholic health and aged care services handles issues of end-of-life care.

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Submission to the Review of the Operation of the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme

Catholic Health Australia explained a number of concerns it had about the existing complaints process in the aged care sector and offered 11 recommendations to improve that process, including relocating the Complaints Investigations Scheme within the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

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Submission to Tasmanian Dying With Dignity Bill 2009

In its submission to the Tasmanian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Community Development Inquiry into the Dying With Dignity Bill 2009, Catholic Health Australia argued that Tasmania should seek to offer a humane, dignified approach to end-of-life treatment such as palliative care.

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