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.

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Health Minister launches CHA report on the impact of private patients in public hospitals

Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP today at Parliament House launched Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) newest report examining how the growth of privately insured patients in public hospitals is impacting Australia’s health system.

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Private sector steps up to train Australia’s health workforce

The Australian private hospital sector makes a substantial contribution to training Australia’s health workforce and with further investment from governments could do much more, a new CHA-APHA report shows (available to download).

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Respecting and meeting end-of-life care needs in residential aged care

Access to high quality palliative and end-of-life care in aged care facilities will enable more Australians to have a good death, aged care, palliative care and aged care consumer peak bodies said today.

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Regional end-of-life care spend welcome but Andrews Government must still deliver equitable access (Victoria)

Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) CEO Suzanne Greenwood today welcomed Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s announcement that the government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will for the first time be expanded to include publically funded community palliative care services.

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Billion dollar Medicare investment positive for health (Federal Budget 2017/18)

Announced tonight in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has welcomed the partial end to the four-year freeze on the Medicare rebate, however asserts the savings should be passed on to consumers to reduce the financial burden of accessing medical care.

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Government review of aged care quality regulatory arrangements welcomed by Catholic Health Australia

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Wyatt that the government will respond to the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service review with an independent review of aged care quality regulatory arrangements.

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Voluntary Assisted Dying: Andrews Government must guarantee equitable access to all end-of-life options

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has urged the Andrews Government to release its financial modelling to demonstrate how the government will resource both end-of-life care and education to ensure all Victorians have equitable access to options other than voluntary assisted suicide (VAS) should VAS be made legal in Victoria this year.

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Older Australians to have increased choice with funds following the consumer from today

Older Australians who access home care services will – for the first time – be able to exercise greater choice and control from today with the commencement of Increasing Choice in Home Care, launched this morning by Minister Ken Wyatt.

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Private health insurers must not diminish access to mental health services with exclusive policies

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is adamant that excluding mental health cover from silver and bronze level1 private health insurance products would result in fewer options for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
 
A proposal to exclude mental health cover from anything but the most expensive insurance products was tabled at the third meeting of the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, comprised of healthcare and private health insurance stakeholders.
 
The impact of mental illness in Australia is significant, costing $8.5 billion in 2014/15 and comprising approximately 13 per cent of Australia’s total burden of disease.
 
“An estimated 45 per cent of Australians will experience some form of mental disorder in their lifetime,” said Catholic Health Australia’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood.
 
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