STATEMENT BY CHA CEO PAT GARCIA REGARDING AGED CARE ROYAL COMMISSION (FED)

“CHA supports many of the propositions, including substantial resourcing to support better skilled and better remunerated aged care workers in much larger numbers. These workers should be governed by appropriate regulation – not mandated staff ratios, the benefits of which are dubious, but rather registration arrangements, minimum qualifications, and continuous professional development.

“CHA supports many of the propositions, including substantial resourcing to support better skilled and better remunerated aged care workers in much larger numbers. These workers should be governed by appropriate regulation – not mandated staff ratios, the benefits of which are dubious, but rather registration arrangements, minimum qualifications, and continuous professional development.

“We agree with the focus on providing seniors with better access to the wider health system, including primary care, palliative care, and other specialists, along with acute care, mental health, allied health and oral health services.

“We are pleased to see the recommendation to abandon the current rationing of services which has 100,000 older Australians on a waiting list for home care. We also support giving people greater choice over how their aged care needs are to be met, including a choice of provider and a level of engagement in managing their care.

“The establishment of an Aged Care Pricing Authority is positive, as is the move to a case mix classification system in residential care, such as the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) model. We know however that these reforms to residential funding will take time, which is why CHA has been strongly advocating for immediate measures to address the critical financial pressures facing residential providers.

“We are therefore very pleased to see recommendations that are suggested for implementation from 1 July 2021 to adjust the punitive indexation arrangements, and to provide increased funding to allow providers to meet the rising daily living costs for residents. We are also supportive of the continued increase to the viability supplement.”

 

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