Aged Care

2020-21 Supplementary Budget Submission - Aged Care

CHA’s supplementary submission to the 2020-21 Budget, focussing on additional aged care support.

CLICK HERE to read more

CHA letter to the PM on additional COVID-19 support for Aged Care

CHA have written to the Prime Minister and State and Territory Premiers, suggesting further measures to help ensure that aged care providers have the support they need to manage and prevent COVID-19 within aged care. The other aged care and church-based peaks have written similar letters.

CLICK HERE to read more

Pricing Comparability and Transparency for Home Care Packages

CLICK HERE to read more

Response to Draft Joint Management Protocol for COVID Positive Residents

CLICK HERE to read more

Aged Care Worker Regulation Scheme Response to Survey Questions

The submission responds to a request for comment on a consultation paper commissioned by the Department of Health on issues associated with the  creation of an Aged Care Worker Regulation Scheme. CLICK HERE to read more.

For your reference, the consultation paper can be found here.

CHA Response to Draft Joint Management Protocol for COVID Positive Residents

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft protocol developed by the Commonwealth and NSW Health for consideration by AHMAC forjoint management of COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care homes.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Catholic Aged Care Executive Called in for Covid-19 Crisis Management

A senior executive from a Catholic aged care home has been appointed to advise the management of Anglicare’s Western Sydney home, Newmarch

Statement by Nick Mersiades to Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

This statement made by me accurately setsout the evidence that I am prepared to give to the Royal Commission intoAged Care Quality and Safetyin response to questions posed in correspondence from the Royal Commission dated 12 March 2020.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Summary of Aged Care Royal Commission Hearing – Workforce – 21 February 2020

At this Hearing, the Commissioners:

  • heard evidence from two international expert witnesses; and
  • received proposed recommendations from Counsel for inclusion in the Final Report concerning reforming the aged care workforce, primarily focussed on residential aged care.

Counsel noted that the home care workforce raises a number of unique challenges that will be addressed separately at a later stage. 

Counsel believed that the evidence gathered over the workforce hearings highlighted that the aged care workforce is at risk of collapse. It was noted that these problems have been identified before and have only become further embedded as a consequence of inaction and growing care needs.

CHA Submission in Response to Royal Commission Consultation Paper on Aged Care Program Redesign

This submission responds to the Royal Commission’s invitation to provide comment on  its Consultation Paper, Aged Care Program Redesign: Services for the Future, which canvasses a fundamental redesign of the current aged care funding arrangements. 

The proposed redesign is based on the creation of three separate funding streams for aged care services that are agnostic of setting: domestic assistance, social supports and minor home modification and assistive technology (an entry-level support stream); personal care, nursing care and allied health services (care stream); and reablement and respite services and more expensive home modifications and assistive technology (investment stream).

These separate funding streams would span all aged care and thereby be available for all eligible older people irrespective of their accommodation arrangements, whether home-based or any form of congregate living setting.  In contrast, the current funding arrangements are based on the separation of residential care and home-based care, with the latter further separated into the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the home care package program.

The Consultation Paper also addresses how information requirements of older people and needs assessment, including assistance with system navigation, would be best catered for under the proposed program redesign.

CHA’s submission can be accessed here.

Back to top