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Further change ahead
Just months after the full conversion of all home care packages to consumer
directed care, home care providers are contemplating the implications of further
reform, with home care subsidies attaching to consumers from February 2017.
The Federal Government released a discussion paper in late September ahead of
the planned introduction of amending legislation into parliament early next year.
Under the proposed changes, packages will be made available based on the relative
needs of individual consumers rather than at a regional level, which will provide for
the first time an accurate picture of unmet need and demand for home care. However,
the government will continue to cap the overall number of funded packages available.
Warnings have been sounded about the need for appropriate safeguards. In a
system where provider incomes are no longer assured, KPMG noted in its report to
government the potential for an increase in 'cherry picking' behaviour by providers.
The changes will be a real game changer for the sector and will likely drive an
increase in new entrants to the market.
On page 30, Michael Roberts writes that in a market-driven model the ability to
understand client needs will become a survival issue.
Elsewhere, this issue we take a look at some of the potential workforce impacts
arising from CDC and report on the initial challenges that have affected the
operation of the new My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service.
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1. RONDA HELD, manager of Home Care Today,
shares her insights from a recent trip to the
UK to observe their experience of individual
2. BRIAN SULLIVAN, a senior consultant with
Verso consulting analyses the implications of
further consumer control in home care.
3. To mark National Psychology Week
in November, JULIE BAJIC writes on the
importance of supporting the wellbeing of both
employees and clients.
4. LORRAINE POULOS, a trainer with extensive
experience working with government and industry,
advises providers to get better at explaining case
management to consumers.
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