Minister for Indigenous Australians
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his second ministry in Canberra on the 26 May. Ken Wyatt has been appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians, becoming the first indigenous Australian appointed to cabinet.
New Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians
Tasmanian Liberal senator, Mr Colbeck has been appointed Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians. Senator Colbeck’s previous roles were as minister of tourism and international education as well as the minister assisting the trade and investment minister in Turnbull’s government.
First Ever Minister for the NDIS
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appointed the first ever minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme as part of the major cabinet reshuffle. This position has been appointed to Liberal MP Stuart Robert.
NSW Ageing and Disability Commission
The “Boosting the Local Care Workforce” (BLCW) website, Demand Map and Transition Assistance Funding are now live.
The BLCW website provides tools and resources to assist providers to transition to and succeed in the NDIS.
The website includes:-
- The NDIS Demand Map, which provides estimates of participant, workforce and spend numbers by postcode
- Providers can complete a free Readiness Assessment, to measure their readiness to transition to the NDIS.
- Organisations and other stakeholders can contact BLCW Program Regional Coordinators Regional Coordinators can provide localised support, gather intelligence on local issues, assist providers to complete a Readiness Assessment and connect stakeholders with complementary programs and initiatives in the disability and aged care sectors.
Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funding extension from 2020 to 2022
From 1 July 2020 the More Choices for a Longer Life program will extend the CHSP for two years until 30 June 2022. CHSP providers will soon be advised by the Department of Health about the process for implementing the extension of funding.
Wellness and Reablement Report
The Department of Health’s initial National (excluding Victoria) Wellness and Reablement Report received submissions in 2018.
The results showed 79% of providers having wellness practices embedded in their service delivery. Another insight that emerged was that more than 50% of providers feel as though they would benefit from additional support. A lack of understanding of wellness and reablement by clients, carers and their families were also issues identified in the report.
A summary report for service providers has been finalised by the department and is now available online. The next report is due in October 2019.
CHSP Growth Funding
Due to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister Wyatt’s announcement in October 2018 of $100 million growth in funding to existing CHSP service providers over two years, the Department of Health analysed current funding patterns and population data to identify priority service types.
Funding allocated to the service types nationally was:
• $32.3 million to domestic assistance
• $2.7 million to meals
• $3.6 million to home maintenance
• $8.5 million to transport
• $2.8 million to home modifications
CHSP and the Charter of Aged Care Rights
The new Charter of Aged Care Rights will take effect from 1 July 2019. The easy-to-read charter will provide the same rights to all aged care recipients regardless of their Australian Government subsidised aged care status.
CHSP Entry Level Services
The Department of Health has announced in late May that “it is not expected that CHSP providers give above entry-level services. The $8,000 per annum is provided as a guide only.” The most significant factor for CHSP service providers to consider is whether the client needs a coordinated package of care rather a case management to manage their services.
CHSP Interaction with Home Care Packages
The Department of Health has recently confirmed that government-subsidised CHSP services shouldn’t be provided to people who are also receiving other similar government-subsidised services such as a HCP. The reason behind this is that the CHSP’s key purpose is to provide entry-level services to many people who have been assessed as requiring access to these services.
Staff-to-Resident Ratios Inquiry
Consultancy organisation Ansell Strategic recently informed the aged care royal commission that in relation to Australian residential aged care there is currently no case for fixed staffing ratios.
The investigation, that included extensive consultation with operators and leaders of the sector, found that a fixed ratios approach to aged care facilities in Australia would not be suitable for a number of reasons including; the variety in staff skills and resident needs, it’s negative effect towards consumer choice, the evolvement of care models amongst others.
Read the complete submission