As we continue this ongoing battle against COVID-19, we also continue to see the adaptability and innovation of our community. The sector has once again opened its arms to new opportunities and ways of supporting the communities across Western Sydney. To support the work being done by all during these challenging times, there are a number of financial supports offered to organisations and individuals. Amongst them, is the COVID-19 Disaster Payment initiative, Residential Aged Care COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Support Grant and the Refundable Accommodation Deposit Support Loan Program which is available until the end of the year for organisations providing residential aged care services.
With the aged care sector facing another transition of change, there is the opportunity to play a part in consultations that will set up how older Australians will be supported from 2023 onwards. Be sure you are best equipped for these consultations by not missing Professor Kathy Eager speak about the post Royal Commission world and what lies ahead for the future of CHSP services.
The Department of Health has launched an online survey for all aged care services providing home care across the country to gain a better picture about the sector’s readiness for the reform which will occur in July 2023. There is another consultation occurring for the development of a Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS). This is once again targeted to home care providers in the sector.
There has recently been an updated provided by the Department of Health for all aged care services regarding service delivery during this current COVID-19 lockdown. All aged care services are advised to continue as long as it is safe to do some. There has been an updated list regarding the definition of essential services under the CHSP. You can read more about this at the top of the Latest News section.
Please continue to stay safe and adhering to the public health orders to ensure the safety of our communities.
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