Aged Care Review signals a pathway for further aged care reform

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) today stated that the David Tune five year review of aged care reform signals a way forward for further reform toward a single care service system with both residential and home care places allocated direct to consumers based on assessed needs.

The Review stated that “further reforms are needed in information, assessment, consumer choice, means testing, and equity of access. These can build on the LLLB reforms and subsequent changes, and create a policy environment in which government can consider removing supply constraints. All of these changes will serve the important goal of creating a system that is more consumer centred.”

CHA Chief Executive, Mrs Suzanne Greenwood, said that the proposal to re-balance the distribution of home care packages, by increasing the proportion that are high care packages and introducing a level 5 home care package to allow people with higher care needs to stay at home longer, will better align home care with residential care. “CHA supports the introduction of an aged care system navigator and welcomes the suggested improvements to the functionality and performance of the My Aged Care ICT platform with particular emphasis on improving information-sharing between My Aged Care and other government agencies and provider ICT systems to enhance ease of access and use. “

“CHA would like to see the modelling on the proposal to change the Aged Care Provision Ratio to the population cohort from the current 70 plus to 75 years and over, following achievement of the 125 Ratio in 2021–22 to ensure that it will be better meet future demand.”

“CHA will work with the government on considering whether a change in the mix of places within the new Ratio is required to better reflect demand, and that it consider further opportunities for removing supply controls.”

“The Tune review is the half-way mark in the ten year plan originally announced in the 2012 Living Longer Living Better package of aged care reforms. It’s a significant reform plan and needs to be carefully implemented allowing for providers, investors and consumers to adjust as the system becomes more responsive to consumers and led by them,” Mrs Greenwood concluded.

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