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Renewed focus on aged care fees

Providers can expect to receive more questions from clients about RADs, DAPs and fees following a number of reports in the mainstream media over the last week. An article published in the Australian Financial Review last Friday centred around the financial impact…

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Home care focus in Property Council submission

The Property Council of Australia has outlined a number of funding and policy initiatives to support retirement living and home care operators in its pre-Budget submission. The proposed measures include allowing age pensioners who receive the full rate to downsize their home and quarantine a portion of the excess sale proceeds from the pension asset test. The Council also calls for funding to be allocated to investigate models to establish affordable rental housing solutions for key workers, which it could be strongly argued that aged care workers should be considered. Bolstering the City Deals program as part of the Smart Cities Plan, which helps to steer funding to projects that are relevant to strategic objectives, boost productivity and increase tax revenues, are a key focus of the submission, along with In addition to other policy changes, including driving global investment into Australian real estate, the Council wants $3 million to help older Australians and their families better understand residential and lifestyle options through a telephone support service and awareness campaign led by the consumer peak bodies. It highlighted that retirement villages save the Government $2.16b annually by delaying village residents’ entry into residential care and reduced use of health and hospital services. View the full submission...

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Impact of NDIS review on aged care providers

Aged care providers that are registered or considering to register to deliver NDIS services will not know until late this year what the final design of the disability insurance scheme could look like. Last Friday Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the terms of reference for a review into the cost of the NDIS that is being undertaken by the Productivity Commission. It follows reports earlier in the week that the costs of the scheme could exceed $1 billion, sparking fears it could be capped, delayed or cut altogether. The $22 billion scheme is due to be fully operational and assisting 500,000 Australians by 2019. The terms of reference specify a review of the sustainability of scheme costs, jurisdictional capacity, cost pressures (including wages pressures), changes in the agreed escalation parameters, if efficiencies have been achieved within the scheme and whether there has been any impact on mainstream services. The Commission has also been asked to examine the most appropriate levers to manage any potential cost overruns. While the review had always been planned for 2017, the Treasurer has said it will inform the final design of the scheme prior to its commencement. “This review is intended to inform the final design of the full scheme prior to its commencement by focussing on updating initial cost projections estimated by the Productivity Commission and by providing advice on longer-term projections and...

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Five common myths about the ageing brain and body

The world’s population, and Australia’s, is ageing. The number of adults aged 65 and over is increasing, as is the proportion of the population they represent. However, there are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age, say academics writing for The Conversation.

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Q&A with Minister Ken Wyatt

Minister Ken Wyatt has told Inside Ageing that he remains committed to seeing through the major policy reforms underway and expanding his consultation with aged care providers as a priority in the coming months…

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