True cost of dementia care revealed

New research into the true costs of caring for people living with dementia in residential aged care has highlighted significant flaws in the current funding and cost modelling formulas. 

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ACSA voices concern over latest aged care inquiry

Aged & Community Services Australia has voiced its disappointment about yet another inquiry into aged care, this time focusing on facilities. Following a referral on 6 December 2017 from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, Greg Hunt, the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report on the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia. The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 8 February 2018. Aged & Community Services Australia will co-operate with the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia but urges this, and other, ongoing reviews, be targeted towards policy that supports the future of quality aged care in Australia. “With numerous lines of inquiry currently open and under consideration by the government, there is a need to focus on those areas where reform efforts will have the most impact on quality and safety,” said ACSA chief executive Pat Sparrow. “The sector is in favour of a firm but fair regulatory system that supports consumers’ safety and upholds the standards the community rightfully expects when it comes to quality of care. “With the announcement of yet another inquiry, we urge government to take a considered approach to all current review findings to ensure quality of...

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Taskforce to increase aged care workforce by 300%

Aged & Community Services Australia will play a key role in shaping the future aged care sector workforce strategy through the appointment of CEO Pat Sparrow to the new aged care workforce taskforce. The 12-member taskforce was announced last week and has been charged with developing a strategy to boost the supply of aged care workers in a sector facing a critical shortage of staff between now and 2050. “Together we have the opportunity to apply the very best thinking in the sector to solve critical issues around workforce supply, demand and productivity to get this right for the future care needs of older Australians,” Ms Sparrow said. “Getting this right now means securing the sort of workforce the sector needs into the future with the right mix of skills in those areas of most need.” “As we work through the issues, I’ll be representing providers’ views as we develop a workforce strategy that reflects a strong shared understanding of the workforce needs of the future and who is responsible for meeting them.” In announcing the taskforce, the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM said the number of aged care workers needs to increase drastically from 360,000 where it currently stands to around one million by 2050. “Everything is on the table but there are only two things that matter, safety and quality,” Minister Wyatt said. “The Taskforce...

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