Aged Care

Proposed Alternative Models for Allocating Residential Places Response to Consultation Paper

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government agreed in principle to assigning residential places to consumers rather than to providers, subject to an impact analysis. As part of the impact analysis, a discussion paper was released requesting feedback from the aged care sector.

Catholic Health Australia’s submission in response to the discussion paper provides conditional support for assigning places to consumers because of its potential to encourage service innovation and to reward providers delivering quality services that are responsive to consumer preferences. However, in order to achieve the full potential for service improvement while at the same time manage the transitional business and financial risks, CHA considers that assigning places to consumers must be accompanied by complementary reforms to the current system.

Please follow this link to CHA’s response to the discussion paper.

Staffing Input Reporting by Aged Care Homes - Queensland Health

Catholic Health Australia has provided a submission to Queensland Health concerning public reporting of staffing input information under the Health Transparency Bill 2019 by aged care homes in Queensland.  While supporting the intention of the Bill in relation to greater public disclosure of service quality, Catholic Health Australia argues in the submission that the proposed publication of staffing input data focussed on personal care and nursing is of limited use to consumers and likely misleading, and that the more appropriate process for further improving public disclosure and service quality in relation to aged care services in Australia is to engage with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and, as appropriate, COAG processes.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA Response to Proposed New Funding Model for Personal and Nursing Care in Residential Aged Care

The Department of Health issued a consultation paper proposing a new funding model for personal and nursing care in residential aged care to replace the current ACFI model. CHA considers that the proposed AN-ACC classification and funding model is a superior model to the current ACFI, but elements of the new model would benefit from further analysis, testing and fine tuning before  implementation.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Strengthening Regulations for Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

The Department of Health issued a discussion paper canvassing options for strengthening regulations for managing prudential risk in residential aged care, in particular with regard to Refundable Accommodation Deposits held by aged care providers. Catholic Health Australia supported the strengthening of the current regulations. In assessing the options for their strengthening, Catholic Health Australia had regard to their administrative simplicity, efficiency and propensity to encourage ‘right behaviour’.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA response to Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) supports the design principles as outlined but recommends that in order to provide context to how the design principles are implemented, there needs to be an overarching statement of the objectives; purpose and function of the proposed assessment providers.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Witness Statement - Royal Commission

Nick Mersiades, Aged Care Director, was requested by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to provide a Statement which provided information on aged care matters set out in a notice received from the Commission.  A copy of the Statement provided by Nick Mersiades can be accessed at this link.

Pre-Budget Submission 2019-2020

Dear Senator,

I write in response to your invitation for submissions concerning priorities for the 2019-20 Budget.

As Australia’s largest non-government provider grouping of health and aged care services, providing care to all those who seek it in fulfilment of the Catholic Church’s mission, Catholic Health Australia and Catholic service providers have a vital interest in policies aimed at ensuring the sustainable provision of aged care services that meet community expectations for safety and quality of care and quality of life.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Response to Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability Consultation Paper

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability Consultation Paper. A working group representing Catholic Health Australia members met to consider the issues raised and the following comments are provided as a means of supporting consumer choice of home care services.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission to ACFA Respite Care Consultation Paper

The Australian Government’s original objective in subsidising consumer access to respite services was to delay or avoid the need for more costly permanent residential aged care by giving informal carers a break from caring duties, including relief in case of emergencies, and giving consumers more opportunity for socialisation and a break from their usual care arrangements.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce Online Survey Response to Survey Questions

An aged care workforce strategy matters because, if properly designed and executed, it will contribute to the capacity of aged care providers to attract and retain a sufficient supply of appropriately qualified and motivated employees to meet the increasingly complex care and support needs of Australia’s rapidly growing aged population.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

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