Aged Care

Submission to the Human Services Inquiry - Identifying Sectors for Reform

Submission to the Human Services Inquiry - Identifying Sectors for Reform

Catholic Health Australia's submission to the Productivity Commission's public inquiry into the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services. Catholic Health Australia is strongly of the view that both hospitals and aged care are services where greater competition and consumer choice and control has the potential to significantly benefit consumers and taxpayers. This submission separately addresses issues relating to both hospital and aged care services.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission - Increasing Choice in Home Care - Delegated legislation consultation

Submission - Increasing Choice in Home Care - Delegated legislation consultation

Catholic Health Australia's submission in response to a Department of Health Consultation Paper on proposed changes to the Aged Care Principles and Determinations that are required for the implementation of ‘funds following the consumer’ for  home care packages from 27 February 2017. These changes flow on from  changes that were made by Parliament to the principal legislation (the Aged Care Act 1997) in May 2016.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission to Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Workforce

Submission to Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Workforce 

Catholic Health Australia has been a strong advocate for reform to give older people choice and control over the aged care services they receive and to ensure access by all older Australians needing care, irrespective of their cultural background, financial means or where they live. The successful implementation of these reforms, and the quality of future services, is dependent on the availability of a skilled workforce which is responsive, culturally attuned and up-to-date to deliver best practice aged care. It is also dependent on the continued availability of informal carers.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA's response to the Increasing Choice in Home Care - Stage 1 Discussion Paper

CHA’s response on behalf of the sector's aged care providers to the Department of Social Services’ Discussion Paper on Stage 1 of Increasing Choice in Home Care.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Issues affecting the financial performance of rural and remote providers, across residential, home and flexible care

An unpublished independent research report into the financial viability of residential services in rural and remote regions of New South Wales found that generally residential aged care services in remote areas are operating with both operating and net losses due to a range of extra costs including the following:

  • The small population on which to draw their client base results in a resident mix with a higher proportion of lower dependency residents and hence lesser funding;
  • Unfavourable occupancy levels sometimes influenced by other residential aged and community care services within the same client catchment areas;
  • Lower than average Accommodation Bond levels and in some cases no capacity to charge a bond or charge due to the family home being unsaleable;
  • Having to maintain staffing levels that are not necessary when the resident profile changes;
  • Higher staff recruitment, retention and training costs;
  • Higher costs for insurances, medicines, incontinence aids, laundry, food and maintenance.”

CHA members confirm that these remain as principal triggers affecting financial performance of residential aged care providers.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission in response to draft legislation: Limiting FBT concessions on salary packaged entertainment

Catholic Health Australia has recently lodged a submission with the Treasury in response to the draft legislation: Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015: Limiting FBT concessions on salary packaged entertainment.

 

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Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles

Following the release of the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles, which was endorsed by the Prime Minister to guide future changes to the aged care system, the sector was invited to identify opportunities to embed the Principles in the design of Australia’s future aged care system. Catholic Health Australia’s submission in response to this invitation argues that changing the current system to one that is consumer-led and demand-driven presents the best opportunity to embed the Principles.

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Young People in Residential Care

CHA made a submisson to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs for the Committee's Inquiry into the adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabiities in Australia.

As the submission is written from the perspective of Catholic aged care providers, a number of whom accommodate and care for a relatively small number of younger people with a disability, the submission focuses on only 3 of the Committee's Terms of Reference.  These are set out in the submission.

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2015-16 Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury - Aged Care Issues

In response to the Treasurer's invitation to provide views regarding priorities for the 2015-16 Budget, CHA lodged a submission on 20 January 2015.

CHA's submission concerns the care of the increasing number of older Australians due to the ageing of our population.  It calls for a clear statement that it is the Government's intention to transition to a contestable market-based aged care system so that providers, financiers and equity investors, who are making long term investments, and consumers have certainty about the Government's policy intentions.  The submission also identifies the care of older people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as an immediate priority.

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CLICK HERE to read attachment to the submission.

Catholic Health Australia’s pre-budget submission calls for a clear statement that it is the Government’s  intention to transition to  a contestable market-based aged care system so that  providers, financiers and equity investors, who are making long term investments, and consumers have certainty about the Government’s policy intentions. The submission also identifies the care of older people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as an immediate priority.

ANALYSIS: The 2012 aged care reforms

In this document, The 2012 Aged Care Reforms: The Changing World for Aged Care Providers, Catholic Health Australia offers a comprehensive analysis of the aged care reforms that were announced in 2012 and continue to be implemented. The analysis looks specifically at the reforms from a provider perspective. Click here to access the document.

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