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National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program

This is the last month of the first quarter that providers have had to collect data regarding the following three quality indicators:

  • pressure injuries
  • use of physical restraint
  • unplanned weight loss.

All quality indicator data are due for submission to the Department of Health by 21 October 2019, except for significant unplanned weight loss. This category requires the comparison of each participants’ final weight between the 1 October – 31 December 2019 quarter to the 1 July – 30 September 2019 quarter.

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Aged Care Navigator Trials – Penrith

COTA NSW is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the new Aged Care Navigator Trial in Penrith. The Australian Government is funding the setup of the Aged Care Navigators trial across the country, with COTA NSW and Co.As.It delivering the project in the Western Sydney region.

If you passionate about the aged care system and want to assist people in understanding how it works, get in touch with Mary Bills from COTA to receive more information.

Email or call 0438 431 817


Future of Aged Care System Navigation Feedback

The Aged Care System Navigator Measure is currently being evaluated by the Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA). There is a discussion paper that has been developed which was informed by stakeholder consultations and existing system navigator models. You can have your say by using the feedback form in the discussion paper or completing the online survey.

Submissions close 16 September 2019.

More information, including link to the discussion paper and survey can be found here.


Step Up for Dementia Research

This online, postal and telephone service connects people who are interested in dementia research with researchers who are conducting studies into prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and cure. This Department of Health initiative aims to fast track more inclusive and effective research in this high need area.

If you are aged 18 or above, with or without dementia, you can sign up to support this cause.


Provider Survey – Future Design of CHSP

Commonwealth Home Support Programme providers received an invitation via email to complete a survey on the future design on the programme. The survey closed on 2 September, with the information being collated and analysed to inform the design and development of the CHSP over the 2020-2022 extension period and beyond.

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Disability Advocacy Services Review

Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald last month announced the commencement of the review into disability advocacy in NSW. Some of the areas that will be explored include the purpose, functions and funding arrangements for independent specialist advocacy.

An issues paper will be available in early to mid-September with a 6 week submission period. There will be face-to-face and telephone consultations with relevant stakeholders in October, in preparation for the Commissioner’s final report due to be presented to Parliament at the end of the year.

Details of the Consultation Plan are available here.


CHSP Sector Consultation

With the various changes to CHSP over the past 12 months and more in the future, Western Sydney Community Forum is actively consulting key stakeholders within the CHSP space. We are wanting to know how we can best support you and your organisation moving into the future.

You can complete the 5 minute survey or email for more information.
We will also be consulting at relevant forums and meetings.

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Serious Incident Response Scheme

In the 2019-2020 Budget the Government allocated $1.5 million in funding to undertake further preparatory work in for the introduction of Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) in residential aged care.

All interested stakeholders are being encouraged to participate in the online survey by 4 October 2019.

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