Under current arrangements, the Commonwealth is the purchaser and price setter for residential aged care, with provision for co-payments from residents assessed as capable of contributing to the cost of their care. However, because the Commonwealth also controls most aspects of the supply of aged care services, there is no market informed basis for setting prices for these services. Catholic Health Australia argues for a long term and transparent basis for setting fair prices.
CHA has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission in response to its draft Report Caring for Older Australians, which was released in January 2011 for public consultation. In its response, CHA notes that the Commission's draft recommendations embrace the reform directions put in CHA's submissions to the Inquiry, which called for fundamental reform of aged care in order to secure its sustainability and improve its responsiveness to individual consumer needs. CHA's response, however, also canvases a number of aspects of some proposals which, if addressed , would strengthen the overall reform package. Also attached is a supplementary submission made following CHA's appearance at the Commission's public hearings in April 2011 at which CHA was invited to provide specific comment on a number of issues.
- Download Supplementary submission in response to draft PC Report Caring for Older Australians - April 2011
- Download CHA's response to the PC's draft Report Caring for Older Australians (March 2011)
- Download attachment (Transition Arrangements) to CHA's response to PC's draft report (March 2011)
- Download CHA' Supplementary submission to PC Inquiry Caring for Older Australians (July 2010)
- Download CHA's initial submission to PC Inquiry Caring for Older Australians (April 2010)
In its submission on palliative care in Australia, Catholic Health Australia calls on governments to be mindful of some of society's most vulnerable and marginalised -- including those in prison, those with a disability and those with a mental illness -- when making plans on how best to deliver palliative care.
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Catholic Health Australia has conducted a national survey of aged care providers to assess the level of access to GPs enjoyed by residents of aged care homes, and the quality of information and interactions between GPs and aged care providers.
Click here to access the survey results.
Following a 2009 forum on the changing face of aged care, Catholic Health Australia produced a policy paper that presented a package of reforms to improve the responsiveness and sustainability of community aged care services.
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CHA adopted in July 2008 a new vision for aged care - The Aged Care Policy Blueprint which it seeks to see achieved by 2020. The Aged Care Policy Blueprint is a product of wide consultation with the operators of Catholic Aged Care services. The last major reform of residential aged care policy occurred in 1997. CHA considers that it is time for the next major reforms to be implemented.
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Catholic Health Australia has released a policy proposal for the Federal Government to establish a single national agency to improve community access to aged care services and provide much-needed information to older Australians and their families. The paper proposes a "one-stop shop" for to help older Australians access and understand their aged care options.
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New nursing home accommodation costs $40.32 per bed per day over 25 years to build and fit out, Access Economics reveals in this report commissioned by a coalition of major Australian providers of aged care. The cost compares with a legislated cap on the per-bed payment of just $26.88 per day.
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The neglect of palliative care in the broader health policy agenda presents as an urgent health challenge for governments. Palliative care is not an optional extra -- it must be viewed as an integral core component of health care delivery and take place in any setting. Governments must invest in providing palliative care services as a core part of health care and not as an "add-on extra".
Catholic Health Australia's new publication, Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care, aims to contribute to the revision of the National Palliative Care Strategy and calls for an adherence to fifteen principles that should be responded to by governments and service providers in order to deliver excellence in palliative care.
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