News - Ageing Sector

AGED CARE REFORMS

The following aged care reforms have been implemented:

  • Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms to provide more choice for senior Australians to stay independent and in their own home through consumer directed home care packages to meet their needs.
  • Expansion of the National Respite for Carers Program and streamlined access through the CHSP
  • Expansion of the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program and streamlined access through theCHSP
  • The My Aged Care website and contact centre, with functions including central client records and portals for service providers, assessors and clients
  • The Aged Care Act 1997 and the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and supporting subordinate legislation came into effect on 1 July 2014.

Establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to provide a single point of contact for aged care concerns and queries.

WEBLINK: https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/

Increasing Choice in Home Care

The Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms began on 27 February 2017 and will improve the way that home care services are delivered to older Australians.

Australians are living longer and healthier lives and it is important that as people age, they have choice about their care. Read more @ Ageing and Aged Care

People have greater choice and flexibility for how they pay for accommodation and services

Residents who enter care from 1 July 2014 (usually referred to as post‑1 July 2014 residents) may be asked to pay daily fees and contribute to their accommodation costs. The way their fees and payments are calculated will vary depending on their individual financial circumstances.

Read more @ Ageing and Aged Care

Seniors' Wellbeing and Safety Seminar

This event if for our senior community members living in Canterbury-Bankstown. The seminar is an opportunity to find out more about how to ensure a healthy wellbeing and stay safe in your home and in the community.

  • Topics will include:

- Home and fire safety;
- Seniors’ rights and the law;
- Fraud and crime prevention;
- Finances and the law;
- Elder abuse;
- Healthy living and nutrition;
- Staying socially active; and
- An interactive Stay Standing workshop.

  • When: Monday 24 June
  • Time: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Canterbury League Club – 26 Bridge Rd, Belmore. Morning tea and lunch will be provided

Click here to register online or call 9789 9594. Registrations close Monday 17 June.

Community Care Review: Academics propose better conditions for aged care workers

Academics propose better conditions for aged care workers
By Sandy Cheu on April 26, 2019 in Government, Industry, Research & Clinical

A new report is calling for urgent reform of aged care working conditions and benchmarks for decent conditions to support the sector to provide high-quality services.

Among recommendations is the introduction of 12 weeks paid end-of-life leave for carers, superannuation on paid parental leave and access to replacement care for carers of a person with a disability, chronic illness, or frailty due to old age. Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

Community Care Review: Research underway to inform support of older care leavers

Research underway to inform support of older care leavers
By Sandy Cheu on May 3, 2019 in Industry, Research & Clinical

A new study is investigating the key health impacts and aged care needs and experiences of senior Australians who grew up in out-of-home care.

The study is being conducted by Flinders University in partnership with the Flinders Foundation and $50,000 in funding from the Australian Association of Gerontology Research. Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

HEALTHY AGEING IN CALD COMMUNITIES – FECCA 2019 Pre-Selection Policy Paper #2

This Policy Paper is based on the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) 2019 Election Platform, Governing for culturally diverse Australia, and the priorities outlined in the Platform. In this policy paper, FECCA provides an elaboration on some of the issues mentioned in the Platform. Get a full copy is available from this weblink: http://fecca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Issue-Paper-Healthy-Ageing-1.pdf

Australian Ageing Agenda: $2.6 million in funding boosts to support aged care consumers

By Natasha Egan on April 9, 2019 in Consumers, Government, Industry, Royal Commission

National consumer and advocacy bodies the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, Council on the Ageing and the Older Persons Advocacy Network are the latest recipients of funding in the Morrison Government’s post-budget cash splash.

These announcements follow one on Saturday that allocated new funding to national provider peak bodies UnitingCare Australia and Aged & Community Services Australia to lead remote workforce initiatives. Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

The Aged Well Campaign

With a Federal election around the corner it’s time to re-launch the Age Well campaign!

The next stage of the campaign is called Getting Aged Care Right for Everyone because we need to make sure our aged care system meets the needs of Australians accessing aged care, as well as their families and our aged care workers.

The Age Well campaign has already made great strides in winning policies that will put us in good stead for future reforms to the sector.

It’s time to build on that momentum because Australia’s aged care system is under more pressure than ever before.

• Already, more than 125,000 older Australians remain in limbo while they wait for appropriate levels of home care with many yet to receive any support at all;
• Our aged care workforce is significantly under-resourced and needs funding; and
• As our population continues to age demand on the system will continue to grow.

The Aged Care Royal commission is an important step in building a better aged care system – but there are things that can’t afford to wait if we’re going to make sure all Australians age well.

Older Australians deserve to have access to the highest level of care when they need it, and where they need it, wherever they live.

This means ensuring we create the right jobs and numbers of staff in aged care.

This election we will be seeking commitments to key aged care reforms that will make aged care right for everyone, whether they need aged care or are working in the sector.

We need everyone to sign the petition to show what an important issue this is for so many Australians.

Click HERE to sign petition and let our leaders know that you are counting on them to build an aged care system that works for everyone.

Thanks for your ongoing support,

The Aged Well Campaign Team

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