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Catholic Health Australia names new chief executive officer

The Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board has reached a unanimous decision to appoint a former medico-legal lawyer and Catholic hospital and aged care executive as the new Catholic Health Australia chief executive officer, following an extensive executive search process.

Suzanne Greenwood, the current national chief executive officer of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, will commence as the Catholic Health Australia CEO in October. Currently based in Queensland, Mrs Greenwood will move with her husband and two children to Canberra to take up the CHA role.

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Dementia funding withdrawal hurts vulnerable older Australians

Older Australians living with dementia and severe behavioural and psychological symptoms are at risk of receiving a lower quality of care after the Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield announced the Government is scrapping the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement.

Mr Fifield said a projected 10-fold overspend in the first year of the Supplement has made its continuation unaffordable, but the timing of the announcement couldn't be worse, Catholic Health Australia argues.

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Catholic Health Australia to farewell its chief executive officer

After more than six years of service, Catholic Health Australia chief executive officer Martin Laverty will depart the organisation following his appointment as chief executive of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

CHA Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally said while sorry to see Mr Laverty leave, she was grateful for his leadership contribution and wished him every success in his future career.

"Martin has led CHA expertly, with political and media savvy, and always with an eye to the best interests of those who are cared for in Catholic hospitals and aged care services," Ms McNally said.

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Queen's Birthday honour fitting tribute for long-time aged care advocate

Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally has congratulated Richard Gray, one of the country's leading aged care advocates for more than 20 years, for his "very fitting" inclusion in the 2014 Queen's Birthday honours list.

Mr Gray, who joined Catholic Health Australia in 1996 as director of aged care services, was today named a member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to the community in the not-for-profit aged care and disability service sectors".

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$7 co-payment design and monitoring keys to health outcome

Health care co-payments announced in tonight's 2014-15 Federal Budget should be monitored to ensure they do not result in adverse health outcomes for socioeconomically disadvantaged Australians.

Catholic Health Australia, representing the nation's largest network of public and private not-for-profit hospitals, said ongoing monitoring of the new $7 health care co-payments for GP visits, pathology and diagnostic imaging will help avoid a drop in health care outcomes.

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Commission of Audit confuses end-of-life care

The decision of the Commission of Audit to make the case for advanced care directives has been questioned by the nation's largest network of non-government health and aged care services.

Catholic Health Australia, which today in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) released an Advance Care Plan framework, said the Commission's terms of reference on "scope, efficiency and functions of government" made discussion on end-of-life care appear out of place.

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Commission of Audit pathway to reforming health care

The nation's largest network of non-government health and aged care services has backed the Commission of Audit's recommendation for the Health Minister to lead a 12-month review process to agree actions for the reform of Australia's health care system.

Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty, speaking on behalf of Catholic not-for-profit health and aged care services who care for one in 10 Australians in a hospital and aged care service, said there is urgent need for new health reform.

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New document will help start a conversation about future health care

A new document released by Catholic Health Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will help ensure people think about their health care needs and discuss them with others.

The new Advance Care Plan guide, which is accompanied by documents for health care professionals and for people receiving care, gives people who are in good health and of sound mind the chance to express what is important to them and also appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf if they are unable to do so.

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Red tape reductions would give older Australians more choice

Changes to Australia's aged care system due to be implemented over the next three months will give older Australians greater choice in deciding what type of care or accommodation best suits their needs, the nation's largest network of aged care services said today.

Responding to today's speech of the Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in Melbourne, Catholic Health Australia said successful implementation of current reforms should lead the way for more changes to occur.

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Reform needed to expand affordable housing choice for older Australians

It is going to be increasingly difficult for disadvantaged and marginalised older Australians to find affordable housing unless the Commonwealth develops programs to broaden housing availability to low-income older people, Catholic Health Australia has told a Senate Inquiry.

A 2010 report from what was then the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs found demand from older-person households for private rental and social housing is expected to grow at a rate of 120 per cent – from 146,200 to 321,400 for private rentals and from 86, 500 to 189,800 for social housing – between 2008 and 2028.

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Health gap widens as politicians continue to ignore Senate report

A report that found billions of dollars could be saved annually if recommendations from a tripartisan Senate Inquiry were implemented has failed to spark politicians into action on the social determinants of health.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Senate Community Affairs Committee tabling its report following an Inquiry into Australia's efforts to address health inequity and the social determinants of health. There has been no official response to the report from either major party.

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