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Published: Feb 18, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 18 Feb 2019

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

Engagement, culture key to resolving complaints, says provider

Aged Care Quality Audits Rarely Performed Outside Business Hours

Meet the scientists who are training AI to diagnose mental illness

Industry calls for more caution over MHR system

Commission announces details for first witness hearing

Peak requests $17 million to test in-facility pharmacist model

Government pledges more than $660m to aged care

Federal Government commits to ‘significant’ $662 million aged care funding boost

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety explained

Family of Oakden patient at the heart of first hearings in aged care royal commission

Commission hears of inappropriate use of pyschotropics for dementia

$320m funding boost for residential care

First witnesses appear at aged care royal commission

Aged care whistleblower calls for CCTV in facilities

First day of the aged care Royal Commission

Royal commission told sector experiences ‘power imbalance’

Wellness activities key to resident engagement

QLD providers told to act on combustible cladding checklist

Published: Feb 15, 2019

NATSIFAC Program Bi-annual Grant Opportunity is now open

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program 2018-2019 Bi-Annual Grant Opportunity is a targeted, competitive application process.

NATSIFAC Program service providers can apply for grant funding to address a clearly identified need that supports the delivery of aged care services. Service providers in remote and very remote Australia (geographical locations defined as Modified Monash Model 6 and 7) will be prioritised.

Read more:

NATSIFAC Program Bi-annual Grant Opportunity is now open

Published: Feb 11, 2019

Reforms continue as Aged Care Royal Commission begins

Monday 11 February 2019 will be remembered as one of the most important days for aged care in Australia, as the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety begins its first public hearings in Adelaide.

Our Government established the Royal Commission to shine a light on the sector and the hearings will look at key features of the aged care system, the concerns of residents, families and their advocates and the experiences of people receiving aged care services.

Over the coming days and months the stories and events told before the Commission will not be easy to hear but they are necessary.

Our Government shares community expectations that the quality and safety of aged care services must be of an uncompromisingly high standard.

The Royal Commission is an opportunity to focus on the current and future needs of aged care and to ensure these expectations are met, Minister Wyatt said.

Read more:

Reforms continue as Aged Care Royal Commission begins (.pdf)

Published: Feb 10, 2019

New $662 million aged care package to support older Australians

The Morrison Government is making a further significant investment in aged care, with $320 million for residential aged care and an additional 10,000 home care packages across all levels as part of a new $662 million package to support older Australians.

The $320 million residential aged care component equates to approximately $1,800 per permanent resident and will provide additional support to the sector, over the next 18-months, to deliver quality aged care services while the Government considers longer-term reform funding options.

It builds on the existing enhancements to the viability supplement and homelessness supplement and the $50 million investment to support the transition to the new quality standards.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said looking after older Australians was the Government’s top priority.

“We need to have a culture of respect and care and that’s why I announced the Royal Commission into Aged Care. It’s why as Prime Minister and Treasurer I have delivered thousands of additional home care places,” the Prime Minister said.

Read more:

New $662 million aged care package to support older Australians (.pdf)

Additional information on the 10 February 2019 $662 million aged care package (.pdf)

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

Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

Prudential legislation and regulations set the requirements on residential aged care providers for the management of refundable accommodation deposits (RADs) they receive from residents.

In the 2018-19 Budget the Government agreed in principle to strengthening the protections and guarantees of RADS in consultation with the sector.

Read more:

Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

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

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Newsletter – January 2019

Published: Feb 1, 2019

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2019/1

In this issue:

• New My Aged Care website and enhanced service finder project
• Reminder: Consultation on streamlined consumer assessment for aged care closing soon
• Reminder: Have your say on the Homelessness Action Plan
• Online continence pocket guide for the aged care workforce
• Recognising the need for end of life directions for aged care

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 2019/1 (.pdf)

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 22, 2019

Safeguarding Against Inappropriate Use of Physical or Chemical Restraint

The Commission is extremely concerned if any aged care consumer is being inappropriately restrained, either through physical means such as the use of a belt, or chemical means such as by using antipsychotic medication.

The Commission requires all residential aged care services to demonstrate that alternative strategies are used to manage challenging behaviours. Where absolutely necessary and therapeutically indicated, use of restraints such as antipsychotic medications must be a last resort and for as little time as possible, consistent with best practice guidance.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Ms Janet Anderson said: “The recent questions and concerns raised about the use of restraints in the aged care sector has further sharpened our focus on this important area of care.

Read more:

Safeguarding Against Inappropriate Use of Physical or Chemical Restraint (.pdf)

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