Roadmap reveals upcoming activities for aged care reform

In a bid to enhance transparency and allow stakeholders to adequately prepare for upcoming changes, the govt has unveiled a comprehensive roadmap outlining key activities to July 2025. The roadmap, subject to potential adjustments, provides valuable insights into the future of aged care and aims to facilitate engagement and readiness among industry players and service recipients.

Regular updates will be made to the roadmap, ensuring that individuals stay informed about any modifications or additions to the proposed timeline. Subscribers to aged care sector newsletters and alerts can also expect to receive regular notifications about forthcoming activities, enabling them to stay up-to-date with the evolving landscape of aged care. It can be viewed here.

Recent reforms in the aged care sector have sought to enhance the quality, equity, and sustainability of services provided to older individuals. These reforms, which have already come into effect, are instrumental in achieving a more reliable and trusted aged care system.

Previously reported activities are listed in the roadmap. In June 2023, the Elder Care Support Program, in collaboration with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), will commence the recruitment and training of 68 staff members to offer face-to-face support to First Nations elders seeking aged care services.

Other significant changes include the requirement for residential aged care services to have a registered nurse present 24/7 starting July 2023. The Community Visitor Scheme will also be expanded and renamed the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme. Financial monitoring responsibilities will transition from the department to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, and a new Food and Nutrition Advisory Support Unit will be established.

Further milestones on the roadmap include the introduction of enhanced staffing standards, the publication of financial information from aged care providers, the release of national aged care data and digital strategies, and the implementation of measures to improve workforce support and transparency.

The roadmap culminates in July 2025, with the introduction of a new program for in-home aged care and the expansion of the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program to include additional staffing measures and quality indicators in both residential and in-home care.

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