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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Catholic Health Australia news

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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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