Older Australians who access home care services will – for the first time – be able to exercise greater choice and control from today with the commencement of Increasing Choice in Home Care, launched this morning by Minister Ken Wyatt.
From today, home care funding will follow the consumer rather than be allocated to the home care provider, so that individual consumers can choose their preferred service provider and more easily change service provider.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA), peak body for the Catholic hospital and aged care network, representing approximately 10 per cent of all hospital and aged care service provision, has been supportive of these reforms, having worked closely with government and other aged care stakeholders towards implementing the changes.
CHA’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood, said today’s launch marks a significant step in the right direction for aged care in Australia, with older Australians now afforded the opportunity to better influence the nature and quality of home care services.
Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) CEO, Suzanne Greenwood, has welcomed the Australian Medical Association’s call for greater investment in quality end of life care services and a campaign to increase community awareness to better support healthy end of life choices.
“Representing Australia’s medical doctors, the AMA is an important authoritative and ethical voice in the assisted suicide debate,” said Mrs Greenwood. “Doctors are confronting the realities of caring for the terminally ill every day, and policy-makers should be taking note.”
Representing the single largest non-government provider grouping of hospital, community and aged care services in the country, CHA shares the AMA’s objective to achieve greater investment in quality end of life care to ensure every Australian has equitable access to affordable high-quality palliative care services.