Aged Care

Strengthening Regulations for Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

The Department of Health issued a discussion paper canvassing options for strengthening regulations for managing prudential risk in residential aged care, in particular with regard to Refundable Accommodation Deposits held by aged care providers. Catholic Health Australia supported the strengthening of the current regulations. In assessing the options for their strengthening, Catholic Health Australia had regard to their administrative simplicity, efficiency and propensity to encourage ‘right behaviour’.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA response to Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) supports the design principles as outlined but recommends that in order to provide context to how the design principles are implemented, there needs to be an overarching statement of the objectives; purpose and function of the proposed assessment providers.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Witness Statement - Royal Commission

Nick Mersiades, Aged Care Director, was requested by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to provide a Statement which provided information on aged care matters set out in a notice received from the Commission.  A copy of the Statement provided by Nick Mersiades can be accessed at this link.

Pre-Budget Submission 2019-2020

Dear Senator,

I write in response to your invitation for submissions concerning priorities for the 2019-20 Budget.

As Australia’s largest non-government provider grouping of health and aged care services, providing care to all those who seek it in fulfilment of the Catholic Church’s mission, Catholic Health Australia and Catholic service providers have a vital interest in policies aimed at ensuring the sustainable provision of aged care services that meet community expectations for safety and quality of care and quality of life.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Response to Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability Consultation Paper

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability Consultation Paper. A working group representing Catholic Health Australia members met to consider the issues raised and the following comments are provided as a means of supporting consumer choice of home care services.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission to ACFA Respite Care Consultation Paper

The Australian Government’s original objective in subsidising consumer access to respite services was to delay or avoid the need for more costly permanent residential aged care by giving informal carers a break from caring duties, including relief in case of emergencies, and giving consumers more opportunity for socialisation and a break from their usual care arrangements.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce Online Survey Response to Survey Questions

An aged care workforce strategy matters because, if properly designed and executed, it will contribute to the capacity of aged care providers to attract and retain a sufficient supply of appropriately qualified and motivated employees to meet the increasingly complex care and support needs of Australia’s rapidly growing aged population.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA Submission to House of Reps Inquiry into Quality of Care in Aged Care Homes - February 2017

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) represents the largest owner grouping of health and aged care services in Australia. The Catholic sector embraces 66 hospitals, eight dedicated hospices with palliative care services and over 550 aged care services.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Aged Care Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19

Catholic Health Australia submits that a priority for the 2018-19 budget is the Government's response to the recommendations of the Legislated Review of Aged Care, a mid-term report by David Tune AO PSM on the implementation of the Living Longer Living Better (LLLB) package of the aged care reforms.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Submission regarding an integrated care at home program to support older Australians

To assist with planning for the Government's intention to create a single home care and support program by combining home care packages and the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the Department issued the discussion paper, Future Reform - Towards an Integrated Care at Home Program, for public consultation. 

Please follow this link to read the submission.

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