New Aged Care Quality Standards
The new Aged Care Quality Standards have been developed through significant consultation and co-design with the aged care sector. The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced this important reform.
CHSP providers delivering these services will be contacted directly in the coming weeks by their Funding Arrangement Managers to be offered funding to increase service delivery.
From 1 July 2019, the new Standards will apply to all Commonwealth subsidised aged care services including residential care, home care, flexible care, services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
More information about the new Standards is available on the Department’s website.
Information about the transition to the new Standards is available on the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s website.
Ageing and Disability Commissioner
The NSW Government will establish an Ageing and Disability Commissioner from 1 July 2019 to better protect adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings.
The NSW Government takes its responsibility to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our community seriously. Unfortunately, people with disability and older people can be more vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The main role of the Commissioner will be to:
- investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disability and older people in home and community settings
- provide support to vulnerable adults and their families or carers following an investigation
- report and make recommendations to government on systemic issues related to abuse, neglect and exploitation
- raise community awareness of abuse, neglect and exploitation, including how to prevent, identify and respond to matters
- administer the Official Community Visitors program, in relation to disability services and assisted boarding houses.
Key changes for providers Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission legislation
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 provides for the establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. The Commission is responsible for assisting the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner with functions that include:
- protecting and enhancing the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of aged care consumers
- promoting the provision of quality care and services by approved providers of aged care services and service providers of Commonwealth-funded aged care services
- consumer engagement
- complaints handling
- regulatory responsibilities
- providing information and education.
Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability
The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP recently sent all home care providers a letter with information on upcoming improvements to home care pricing transparency and comparability.
The letter and fact sheet outlined the changes to be introduced in April 2019. These include the implementation of a standardised Home Care Pricing Schedule (the Schedule) and changes to administration costs. All home care providers must complete the Schedule by 1 July 2019.
Further information, including a copy of the Schedule, is available on the department’s website.
Data Exchange News
Important notice: Client Privacy Breaches
The Data Exchange Helpdesk has recently received a number of emails that have included identified client details.
Any information with the client’s name, date of birth, gender, cultural background or disabilities has the potential to be a breach of the client’s privacy, if released in an unsecure way.
If you are emailing the Data Exchange Helpdesk or your Funding Arrangement Manager, please ensure you do not include any of your client’s personal information in the email or attachments.
Protecting each client’s personal information is a fundamental principle of the Data Exchange. More information about privacy can be found via the links below.
A factsheet on how privacy is protected in the Data Exchange, to aid organisations’ conversations about privacy with their clients
The Privacy Impact Assessment, which confirms the Data Exchange is operating in line with the Privacy Act 1988; and
The Data Exchange Protocols outline organisations’ privacy obligations and consent procedures.
Survey: NCOSS strategic Plan
NCOSS is seeking to understand the current and future needs of community sector organisations, as they develop their 2019-22 strategic plan. The information you provide will help them set priorities and directions for the next few years.
Survey closes Friday 15th March 2019
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