Catholic sector backs proposed aged care reforms

The final submission to the aged care royal commission recommends an overhaul of the aged care sector (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia has joined other sector representatives in responding positively to proposed recommendations to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to revive the aged care sector. Source: Aged Care Guide.

The final submission and 124 recommendations were presented to the commission on Friday by its Counsel Assisting, highlighting the need for huge reform changes for the sector, including the creation of an independent aged care commission, staff ratios and personal care worker registration, and a new Aged Care Act.

While some public figures and advocacy groups have expressed disappointment that the recommendations don’t go far enough, most peak bodies are happy with the direction of the reform.

In a statement, Catholic Health Australia chief Pat Garcia said CHA supports many of the propositions put forward, including the focus on the workforce.

“We agree with the focus on providing seniors with better access to the wider health system, including primary care, palliative care, and other specialists, along with acute care, mental health, allied health and oral health services,” Mr Garcia said.

“We are pleased to see the recommendation to abandon the current rationing of services which has 100,000 older Australians on a waiting list for home care. We also support giving people greater choice over how their aged care needs are to be met, including a choice of provider and a level of engagement in managing their care.”

Mr Garcia said the establishment of an Aged Care Pricing Authority was also positive, but recognised funding reforms would take time. He said CHA advocated for “immediate measures to address the critical financial pressures facing residential providers”

FULL STORY

Industry responds to proposed reforms from Royal Commission (Aged Care Guide)

Statement by CHA CEO Pat Garcia regarding aged care royal commission (Catholic Health Australia)

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