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Planning the road ahead
As I write this, the Department of Health has just released the much-
anticipated Aged Care Roadmap, setting out the sector's vision for further
reform of the aged care system. The document developed by the Aged Care
Sector Committee over the last 12 months sets out a recommended timetable of
short, medium and long term targets.
A key feature of the roadmap's advice is to allow consumers to use their assessed
entitlement for aged care services in the setting of their choice, thereby dissolving
the distinction between home and residential care. If implemented, such a system
could further increase demand for community-based aged care if consumers
exercised a preference to receive services at home.
Significantly, the sector committee is also proposing the government uncap the
supply of aged care places within seven years. While the system would be predominantly
set up around an individualised funding model, block funding would continue where it is
considered the most appropriate or efficient, according to the roadmap.
The sector committee also supports a plan to introduce the option of direct
payments to consumers for home care subsidies within the next three to five years.
While the government or the opposition are yet to respond to the headline
recommendations, stakeholders are hoping to see a commitment to these actions in
the lead up to the federal election.
We encourage you to read the roadmap in full on the department's website and
join in the discussion.
1. JEREMY MCAULIFFE, general manager of
Benetas Home Care, discusses the challenges
facing providers in the move to greater market
2. JULIE MCSTAY, director at Hynes Legal,
argues it's timely for providers to review
their obligations to ensure they are taking all
reasonable steps to be CDC compliant.
3. Futurist and commentator DR KEITH SUTER
describes four scenarios for the future of
community aged care in 2035.
4. DR SIMON DUFFY, director of the UK Centre
for Welfare Reform, reflects on the potential of
personal budgets in the lives of clients.
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