August 3, 2017

More than half of home care providers are charging consumers less than the maximum basic daily fee amount and 22 per cent are waiving the fee altogether, a new survey finds.

The Aged Care Financing Authority survey of 370 providers also found 17 per cent of providers we...

May 31, 2017

The Department of Health has required state and territory governments to demonstrate how they will improve the performance of their Aged Care Assessment Teams amid concerns over assessment delays.

Department officials told a Senate estimates hearing last night states we...

March 29, 2017

Provider and consumer peak bodies are urging the Federal Government to increase the flexibility of the home care system to distribute packages based on assessed need rather than by funding level.

Suzanne Greenwood

In its pre-budget submission, Catholic Health Australia s...

February 15, 2017

For the first time, nationally consistent guidelines have been introduced for the home delivered and centre-based meals sector under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

While initially implemented as a set of voluntary standards, the national meal guidelines replace...

February 15, 2017

Western Australia’s Home and Community Care (HACC) program will transfer to the Federal Government on 1 July 2018, completing the Commonwealth’s takeover of entry-level aged care services for people over 65.

The WA and Commonwealth governments finalised an agreement on...

January 24, 2017

With just five weeks to go before deregulation is introduced into home care, the Department of Health has released the findings of key research into the readiness of providers for the landmark reforms.

The report, which was completed by research agency Taylor Nelson Sof...

December 15, 2016

Home care providers are urging the review into aged care reforms to address ongoing concerns over lengthy consumer delays in accessing Level 3 and 4 packages and low take up of Level 1 and 2 packages.

Baptist Care Australia told the review there continues to be signific...

November 30, 2016

An innovative trial in Western Australia has been piloting the concepts of client choice and control in the Home and Community Care program, including giving clients the option of engaging their own support worker. Linda Belardi reports.

With consumer directed care now...

November 30, 2016

The Victorian Government will introduce an independent registration and accreditation scheme for disability workers, becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to commit to the regulatory regime.

Labor Premier Daniel Andrews said the scheme would protect people with...

October 21, 2016

Work to take the assessment of aged care funding from the hands of providers is underway with the government commissioning the University of Wollongong to identify alternatives to the beleaguered Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

Department of Health officials told a...

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