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Published: Jun 19, 2017

IMPORTANT: ACFI Rate Updates – 1 July 2017

The 1 July 2017 ACFI rate updates should be released sometime next week (…if the Department release them in time before Saturday 1st July).

In anticipation of this, please note the following:

Version 5 clients:

Once the rates have been released we will create a new 5.4.xxxx version which will contain the new rates. We will push this version update out to all servers and notify you of its release.

Please arrange now for your IT Administrator to be available to backup your database and run this update when all staff have logged out of Manad Plus. Subject to the date the rates are released by DoH this update should be available Monday 3rd or Tuesday 4th July 2017.

Version 4 clients:

Once the rates have been released we will create a new 4.xxxx version which will contain the new rates.

We will log in and manually run this update for you on your server as we have done in the past (or if we have had other arrangements in the past we will continue with this process).

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If you have any questions, then please contact our office and speak with your usual Manad Plus Client Manager.

1300 62 62 32

Published: May 30, 2017

Prepare for seasonal influenza

View the June 2017 Communiqué from the Queensland Department of Health on seasonal influenza for residential aged care providers.

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Prepare for seasonal influenza

Published: May 29, 2017

ACFA report: Review of the Bond Guarantee Scheme

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) was tasked in November 2015 with reviewing the current Bond Guarantee Scheme and to identify and assess alternatives to it.

ACFA concluded that there were three viable and effective options including retaining the existing Scheme.

Read more:

ACFA report: Review of the Bond Guarantee Scheme

Published: May 29, 2017

Financial reporting requirements for residential and home care package providers

To stay in step with generally accepted good corporate governance and best practice, the Australian Government has decided to continue the auditing requirement for the Annual Prudential Compliance Statement (APCS).

This approach adjusts the previous advice to the aged care sector in late 2016 with the announcement of a single comprehensive financial report, the Aged Care Financial Report.

Read more:

Financial reporting requirements for residential and home care package providers

More information – Changes to financial reporting arrangements for residential and home care providers

 

Published: May 29, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/09

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/09 (.pdf)

Published: May 26, 2017

Almost 10,000 new residential aged care places announced

Released: 26 May 2017

The Turnbull government has announced funding to give almost 10,000 more older Australians access to residential aged care services.

The Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said today that the government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9911 new residential aged care places in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round.

“As people grow older they increasingly want flexibility in the services they receive and how and when they access them,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Australians want greater choice and control over their care and this investment does exactly that.”

Read more:

Almost 10,000 new residential aged care places announced (.pdf)

Published: May 12, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/08

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/08 (.pdf)

Published: May 10, 2017

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – April 2017

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the May 2017 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

Read more:

Quality Standard – May 2017 (.pdf)

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Published: May 9, 2017

REMINDER: Annual Service, Support & Upgrade Fees 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 Annual Service, Support & Upgrade Fee Invoices will be emailed during May, for renewal for the coming financial year.

All annual fees currently expire on 30 June 2017 so please ensure your accounts department has processed this prior to expiry to continue receiving support and all upgrades from 1 July 2017 onward.

If your accounts payable department has an updated email address for invoices to be sent to or you don’t receive the invoice during May, then please email accounts@manad.com.au to request another copy or to update your details.

Published: May 8, 2017

Diversity framework consultation now open

The Department of Health is currently working with the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-Group to develop an Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The first stage of public consultations is now open for the development of a broader diversity Framework to build on and replace the existing National Ageing and Aged Care Strategies for:

• People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds; and

• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

The consultation is open from 8 May 2017 to 19 June 2017 and takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Read more:

Diversity framework consultation now open

Development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework

Published: May 8, 2017

New video – LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness

The Department of Health has developed a 24 minute educational video with the Aged Care Channel on LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness for the aged care sector.

This free video highlights LGBTI communities’ expectations for inclusive and safe services using:

• community testimonials;

• supporting policies; and

• resources.

Anyone can register to watch this video on demand. It will also be available via the department’s website soon.

Read more:

New video – LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness

Published: May 5, 2017

Webinar: University of Wollongong Report into Residential Aged Care Funding Reform

On Wednesday 17 May at 1:30 PM AEST (GMT +10 hours), the Department of Health will host a webinar for the University of Wollongong to present on their report.

This webinar will include:

• key findings;

• an outline of the five options presented in the report; and

• an overview of the key features and building blocks of the University’s recommended option.

The webinar forms part of the Government’s consultations with the sector on options for residential aged care funding reform.

Read more:

Webinar: University of Wollongong Report into Residential Aged Care Funding Reform

Link to Webinar: http://livestream.education.gov.au/health/17may2017/

Published: May 4, 2017

Webinar: Home care reforms and ongoing improvements – 15 May

On Monday 15 May at 2:00 PM AEST (GMT +10 hours), the Department of Health will host a webinar to provide an update on the home care reforms and ongoing system and process improvements.

The webinar will focus on:

• an update on home care package activities – including the package release schedule, flow of referrals and using the provider portal;

• understanding the framework that Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) apply to the package level and priority recommendations for home care packages; and

• ongoing work associated with system and process improvements for the sector.

Read more:

Webinar: Home care reforms and ongoing improvements – 15 May

Link to Webinar: http://livestream.education.gov.au/health/15may2017/

Published: May 1, 2017

Federal Aged Care Minister to Commission Review of Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes

Released: 01 May 2017

The Turnbull Government is commissioning an independent review of the Commonwealth’s aged care quality regulatory processes to determine why they did not identify the extent of the failures of care at Makk and McLeay wards, as documented in the recent South Australian Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service review.

The Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said he was shocked and concerned to hear about the mistreatment of people at the Makk and McLeay wards at the South Australian Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of older people who reside in aged care services are of paramount importance to the Australian Government,” Minister Wyatt said.

Read more:

Federal Aged Care Minister to Commission Review of Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes (.pdf)

Published: Apr 28, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/07

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/07 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 27, 2017

Can you help younger people in your service transition to the NDIS?

Younger people currently accessing residential care or home care services may be eligible for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS is rolling out in stages across Australia, and will be available nationally by the end of 2019.

If you have a younger person in your residential care or home care services, now is the time to familiarise yourself with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Read more:

Can you help younger people in your service transition to the NDIS?

Younger people in aged care

Published: Apr 24, 2017

Anzac Day Public Holiday 2017

The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open on Anzac Day (Tuesday 25th April).

Please email support@manad.com.au or call 1300 MANAD2 (1300 62 62 32) if you require support.

Remember to always use the self-help tools for assistance too. If using version 5, go to: Help > Help Centre. If using version 4, go to: User Options > Tip Sheets.

NOTE: the Management Advantage Office will be closed, but will re-open on Wednesday 26th April.

Published: Apr 19, 2017

Strengthening Residential Aged Care Funding

Released: 19 April 2017

The Turnbull Government is continuing to explore options to strengthen the way residential aged care funding is determined.

Releasing the report Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models the Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said that the Australian Government contributes around $17.5 billion a year to aged care.

“By 2019-20, that’s expected to be just under $21 billion,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It’s important that we review the way we fund aged care to ensure we create an aged care system that is affordable, sustainable, flexible and responsive to consumers.

“In 2015–16, more than 1.3 million older people received some form of aged care and with more Australians living longer and healthier lives, those numbers will increase.

“To meet the level of demand for aged care services now and into the future the Australian Government needs to make sure its funding gives the best possible value for money.”

Read more:

Strengthening Residential Aged Care Funding (.pdf)

Published: Apr 19, 2017

University of Wollongong report on funding reform now available

 

The department engaged the University of Wollongong to develop options and recommendations to help inform the design of future residential aged care funding models. No decisions on options have been made.

The government will consult with the aged care sector on the recommendations of this report over coming months.

The University’s report – Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification Systems and Funding Models – is available on the department’s website.

Read more:

University of Wollongong report on funding reform now available

Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models Final Report Vol. 1 (.pdf)

Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models Final Report Vol. 2 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 13, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/06

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/06 (.pdf)