Policy and Advocacy Aged Care Update

Minister Wells released the findings of the Aged Care Taskforce on March 11. The final report outlines recommendations for funding arrangements, including contributions from consumers. Whilst there is some acknowledgement of allied health in the report as an element of clinical care, it is unclear if allied health will be fully funded in the new funding arrangements. OTA is writing to the Minister for Health and Aged Care to raise our concerns and seek assurance that OTs, and AH more broadly, will be included as essential element of the aged care system as identified by the Royal Commission. You can watch a recording of the presentation of the Taskforce report by clicking here. 

The Office of the Inspector General for Aged Care is undertaking a consultation to inform their Progress Report on Implementation of Aged Care Royal Commission Recommendations. OTA has contributed to AHPA’s submission. 

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission have released guidance materials for the implementation of the new Quality Standards.  These materials are currently available for public consultation which is open until 30 April.  OTA is reviewing the materials and plans to submit a response. To find out more about the materials and the consultation click here. 

Neuroscience research Australia (NEURA) invited feedback on draft Recommendations and Good Practice Points from the Australian Fall Prevention Guidelines, prepared for the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care for consultation. The Guidelines covered Residential Aged Care, Community Care and Hospital settings. We have provided feedback and recommended these guidelines are parcelled up into a range of offerings to ensure clinicians can embed them into practice including recorded webinars, training modules and videos.  

 

 

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