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1. Consultant MARISA GALIAZZO outlines
strategies for how community care
organisations can attract and keep 'customers'
in the CDC world.
2. Malnutrition can progress rapidly and is
completely devastating to the health of older
people living at home, writes dietitian NGAIRE
3. Trainer JENNY BRAY outlines strategies
for community care providers and their staff to
achieve cultural competency.
4. Frontline care workers are important
contributors to an effective medicines team, writes
DR CHRISTINE BEANLAND of RDNS.
in the spotlight
We're now about two months away from the full rollout of consumer
directed care (CDC), a policy that is described as a pivotal reform that
will transform how services are delivered -- shifting the control from
service providers to consumers.
Yet something odd is happening in the sector. Increasingly, we're hearing a large
swathe of providers is not ready for this important change.
A Sydney forum in February heard it was clear the sector on the whole was
"not ready at this point in time" and it was likely that, beyond the 1 July deadline
organisations that were not CDC ready would continue to provide programs as they
Later that month, a show of hands from delegates at the Tri-State Conference
in Albury indicated that few organisations were fully ready for CDC, while the
Department of Social Services told a sector briefing in March that 25 per cent of
providers were yet to consider changing their systems (see page 8).
Meantime, our survey of organisations shows 44 per cent of Level 1 packages is
currently vacant, while Level 4 packages run at capacity (see page 6).
Clearly the reform implementation requires tweaking and monitoring.
From our perspective, Community Care Review will continue to report extensively on
the outcomes being seen, the successes and the shortcomings.
As always, we welcome your input.
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