Aged Care

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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Submission to the Review of the Accreditation Process for Residential Aged Care Homes

In its submission to the Review of the Accreditation Process for Residential Aged Care Homes, Catholic Health Australia argued for the need to any such process to meet five criteria: To be person-centred; to be consistent and fair; to be cost-effective; to be collaborative; and to offer incentives for improvement.

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Economic evaluation of capital financing of high care

New nursing home accommodation costs $40.32 per bed per day over 25 years to build and fit out, Access Economics reveals in this report commissioned by a coalition of major Australian providers of aged care. The cost compares with a legislated cap on the per-bed payment of just $26.88 per day.

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Aged Care Policy Blueprint Implementation Plan

Catholic Health Australia has released a policy proposal for the Federal Government to establish a single national agency to improve community access to aged care services and provide much-needed information to older Australians and their families. The paper proposes a "one-stop shop" for to help older Australians access and understand their aged care options.

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Submission into Residential and Community Care in Australia

Catholic Health Australia made a submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee Inquiry into Residential and Community Care in Australia, discussing some of the challenges aged care services were facing, including diversity, regulation, unmet need, affordability and lack of consultation.

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry into amending the Aged Care Act

In its submission on the Senate Inquiry into amending the Aged Care Act, Catholic Health Australia explained that while it broadly supported the proposed changes, four proposals were not supported by CHA: revoking service provider status; creating a new authority to set a maximum bond; imposing sanctions on the provision of "future care"; and creating a new authority to deter future non-compliance.

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