Changes to aged care in South Australia welcomed by providers

The imminent introduction of Increasing Choices in Home Care will mark another milestone for the aged care industry, and older Australians, as part of the Government’s reform agenda. Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), the peak body representing not-for-profit aged services providers, has mirrored this nationwide change with the transition to a national organisation. We will continue our outstanding leadership, advocacy and policy work at a national level, drawing on the excellence of member services across the country, to represent and reflect the vital contribution of providers. More effective internal processes and governance will enable greater opportunity for each state and territory to focus on delivering efficient services and support at a local level. South Australia has always been a leader and no doubt this will not only continue, but strengthen, as the reforms take shape. We have the oldest population on mainland Australia; health and community services continues as the second largest employer in the state; and we have a long and proud history serving our local communities with award-winning and innovative care and support. This expertise will be an asset as the changes to in-home services begin to take shape over the next couple of years. The State Government’s announcement that it intends to outsource in-home aged and disability care is welcome news for our members who have a long-standing tradition of excellence in caring for, and...

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