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Published: Feb 1, 2019

Self-Assessment Tool for the new Aged Care Quality Standards

The new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission finally released on Wednesday this week the new Self-Assessment Tool for the new Aged Care Quality Standards.

Now the new tool has been released we will review this document and the format it takes and see where we can build this into Manad Plus for you.

Self-assessment against the Aged Care Quality Standards is not required prior to 1 July 2019. However, on the basis that full compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards will be required from 1 July 2019, services are encouraged to use the Self -assessment Tool to identify and address areas for improvement in order for the Aged Care Quality Standards to be met from 1 July.

Note: this is not a prescribed template and you can undertake a self-assessment in your preferred format.

See:

Self-Assessment Tool Template (Word)

Aged Care Quality Standards Guidance for Self-Assessment (PDF)

Published: Feb 1, 2019

Aged Care Quality Bulletin – January 2019

Welcome to the first monthly newsletter for the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

As part of the broader reforms occurring in the aged care sector, the Commission officially opened its doors at the beginning of January, providing a single point of contact for aged care concerns and queries.

In this issue:

• Welcome to the new Commission
• New Rules to support the work of the Commission
• Standards events filling fast – don’t miss out!
• Checking your readiness for the new Standards
• Transitional rules for the new standards
• New Qassist module
• Use of restraints in aged care
• New Standards: Dignity of Risk
• Why complaints are important

Read more:

Newsletter – January 2019

Published: Feb 1, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 01 Feb 2019

In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:

Aged care royal commission must address the failings plaguing NT services, advocates say

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – Next steps following Provider Survey

Aged care inquiry: food under scrutiny after study finds more spent feeding prison inmates

Department updates quality advice to warn against chemical restraint

My Health Record: government warned of ‘significant’ patient data glitch

Published: Jan 31, 2019

2018-19 ACAR – Allocation of Short-Term Restorative Care Places

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced the allocation of 775 new Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) places worth an estimated $58 million per year. These include:

• 350 in 2018-19
• 425 in 2019-20.

Read more:

2018-19 ACAR – Allocation of Short-Term Restorative Care Places

2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round

Published: Jan 29, 2019

Royal Commission Update (18 Jan 2019)

The Preliminary Hearing was held on Friday 18 January 2019. You can find a copy of the transcript and a recording of the webcast below.

Read more:

18 January 2019 – Preliminary public hearing – Transcript (.pdf)

18 January 2019 – Ceremonial Hearing – Webcast

Published: Jan 29, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 29 Jan 2019

In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:

Bupa’s ninth aged care home sanctioned in 12 months over ‘severe risk’ to residents

Aged care home resident strapped to chair for total of 14 hours in one day

Surprise announcement comes on top of delays for the aged care royal commission

Commissioners outline vision for aged care inquiry

Financial performance of sector ‘disappointing’

Aged care royal commission begins with families of elder abuse victims shut out of first hearing

The Eden Alternative: “People Started To Thrive”

‘Providers who do not engage with our requests draw attention to themselves’

Royal Commission looks to the future and giving older Australians a voice

Sector responds to Royal Commission launch

Residential occupancy down and wait times up, report shows

Royal commission invites first witnesses for February hearings

GPs seek legal advice on My Health Record

Published: Jan 24, 2019

NATSIFAC Program Residential Care – Expansion Round now open

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program 2018-2019 Residential Care – Expansion Round is a targeted, competitive application process. Eligible applicants can apply for high care residential aged care places, to be delivered in remote and very remote Australia (geographical locations defined as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 6 and 7).

Read more:

NATSIFAC Program Residential Care – Expansion Round now open

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program 2018-2019 Residential – Expansion Round

Published: Jan 23, 2019

Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework – Homelessness Action Plan

The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee has started work on an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework to help the aged care sector support older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).

Read more:

Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework – Homelessness Action Plan

Aged Care Homelessness Action Plan- Survey for professionals and providers

Aged Care Homelessness Action Plan- Survey for older people

Published: Jan 18, 2019

Message from DHS: Quarterly Review January 2019

Attached is a communique from the Department of Human Services.

Read more:

Message from DHS: Quarterly Review January 2019

DHS Provider Communique: Quarterly Review January 2019 (.pdf)

Published: Jan 18, 2019

Aged Care Royal Commission a Crucial Step Forward

The Royal Commission is a crucial step forward in determining the full extent of problems in aged care and understanding the challenges and opportunities in delivering quality, sustainable aged care services now and into the future.

It will go to the structural reforms required, identifying where we as a nation need to make further substantial changes.

Ultimately, I want it to help build a national culture of respect for ageing and senior Australians.

As the Royal Commission goes about its critical work, our Government’s rigorous reform program will continue at full pace, with the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, upgraded Aged Care Quality Standards and record levels of funding support for senior Australians.

Read more:

Aged Care Royal Commission a Crucial Step Forward (.pdf)

Published: Jan 18, 2019

CHSP home modifications growth funding announced

On 17 January 2019, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced $15 million in funding for existing Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers delivering home modifications services.

Read more:

CHSP home modifications growth funding announced

CHSP Growth Funding 2018

Published: Jan 17, 2019

Aged Care Restraint Regulation to Protect Senior Australians

Chemical and physical restraint in aged care homes will be better regulated, following extensive examination of this important issue over the past 18 months.

Incidents of over use of physical and chemical restraint will not be tolerated and draft changes to regulations are expected to be released within weeks.

This will build on work already undertaken.

Managing and minimising restraint is already a top priority for the Chief Clinical Adviser at the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, established on 1 January 2019, by the Liberal National Government.

Our Government’s new Aged Care Quality Standards – the first upgrade of standards in 20 years – also stipulate best-practice clinical care to minimise the use of chemical and physical restraint.

The new Standards will come into full force on 1 July 2019.

Read more:

Aged Care Restraint Regulation to Protect Senior Australians (.pdf)

Published: Jan 14, 2019

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

The new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission website is now up. See: https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/

To make yourself familiar with the changes there is a page called ‘New Rules: Providers’ containing:

• Key changes for providers information sheet
• Language glossary
• Fact sheets on key changes:

o Accreditation and re-accreditation key changes fact sheet
o Assessment contacts key changes fact sheet
o Commonwealth home support programme key changes fact sheet
o Consent to access premises key changes fact sheet
o Quality review key changes fact sheet
o Request for specified information key changes fact sheet
o Review audits key changes fact sheet
o Transitional arrangements key changes fact sheet

Read more:

New Rules: Providers

Regulatory Policy Helpdesk

From 2 January 2019 providers can access a Regulatory Policy Helpdesk for support in understanding how the Commission will operate under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018.

Email: regulatorypolicy@agedcarequality.gov.au

Published: Jan 14, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Welcome to 2019, we hope you had a great Christmas and New Year period.

2019 is going to be a big year for Aged Care with the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission commencing, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety getting underway and the upcoming changes to the Accreditation Standards from 1 July 2019.

We now have almost all our staff back-on-deck as I’m sure many of you do too. So if you have any questions you didn’t get around to asking at the end of last year then please get in touch 1300 62 62 32 and speak with your dedicated Client Manager as to how Manad Plus can best help you going forward in 2019.

NOTE: The 18th January Royal Commission preliminary hearing will also be live webcast via the Royal Commission website.

Published: Jan 14, 2019

Australia Day Holiday (2019)

The Management Advantage office will be closed on:

• Monday 28th January 2019 (for the Australia Day Public Holiday)

Note: The Manad Plus Help Desk will be OPEN on Australia Day.

Published: Jan 14, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 14 Jan 2019

In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:

The Butterfly Model Of Care: “This Is How Aged Care Should Be”

Commissioner Lays Groundwork For New Era In Aged Care

Published: Jan 10, 2019

Royal Commission Update

The Commissioners will issue Practice Guidelines to assist parties, witnesses and members of the public involved with the Royal Commission.

These provide comprehensive guidance and details on the format and referencing to be adopted by those who are requested in the future to provide information to the Royal Commission.

Read more:

Document Management Protocol for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (.pdf)

NOTE:

FAQ has been updated: 10 January 2019

FAQ on Aged Care Approved Provider Information Request (.pdf)

Preliminary Hearing (Adelaide) – 18 January 2019

Hearings

Published: Jan 8, 2019

10,000 extra home care packages to benefit senior Australians

The rollout of an additional 10,000 new high-level home care packages begins this week, helping more senior Australians to remain living independently in their own homes.

The home care expansion is part of the Liberal National Government’s half-billion dollar ($552.9 million) aged care funding increase, announced in December 2018.

All of the additional 5,000 Level Three and 5,000 Level Four packages will be allocated by 30 June 2019, providing funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home assistance, nutrition and meal preparation and transport support.

Read more:

10,000 extra home care packages to benefit senior Australians (.pdf)

Published: Jan 2, 2019

New Commission, New Era for Aged Care Quality and Safety

Today marks a new era for Australian aged care, with the independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission opening its doors, launching its one-stop quality and safety website and the single new contact number for aged care concerns and queries: 1800 951 822.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM said the new Commission was a landmark Liberal National Government aged care reform and would better target sub-standard care and ensure the safety and security of senior Australians.

“With the motto ‘Engage, Empower and Safeguard’, the Commission flags a new beginning for aged care quality and safety,” Minister Wyatt said. “A single Commissioner overseeing compliance monitoring, complaints and customer service means no more silos.

“For the first time, senior Australians and their loved ones have one place to go when they need help, want to raise a concern, or access information about an aged care service.

Read more:

New Commission, New Era for Aged Care Quality and Safety (.pdf)

Published: Dec 24, 2018

CHSP Innovation Funding – Expression of Interest now open

The department is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations for proposals seeking to trial or use innovative approaches for the delivery of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services. The EOI process will close 2pm (Canberra time), Friday 1 February 2019.

Read more:

CHSP Innovation Funding – Expression of Interest now open

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