CHSP Growth Funding Announced

Posted by RD on 18 October 2018
On 2 October 2018, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced that $50 million per year in Growth Funding would be offered over two years from 2018-19 a select number of existing CHSP service providers from 2018-19 with a strong record of delivery.

The department analysed current funding and population data and determined that funding for the following service types should be prioritised:

  • home maintenance
  • home modifications
  • meals
  • domestic assistance
  • transport services.

The department will contact the selected CHSP providers over the coming weeks to offer additional funding in 2018-19. The official announcement can be viewed on the Department's website here.

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Single Charter of Aged Care Rights - Public Consultation

Posted by RD on 6 September 2018

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, has announced the opening of public consultation on the draft Charter of Aged Care Rights (the Charter).

The single Charter is a component of the Single Aged Care Quality Framework and will replace the existing four charters relating to aged care recipients rights and responsibilities. It will apply to people once they commence receiving Commonwealth-subsidised aged care, including residential care, home care, flexible care, and services provided under the Commonwealth Home Support Program and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.

The Department wants to hear from as many individuals and organisations with an interest in aged care rights as possible, including:

  • consumers, their families and carers
  • advocacy groups
  • consumer peak organisations
  • key sector groups
  • aged care organisations
  • staff of aged care organisations, health and disability service providers

For more information, and to submit your comments, please visit the Consultation Hub.

The consultation closes on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

If you are having difficulty completing an online submission, please contact qualityagedcare@health.gov.au for assistance.
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Results of MOD.A NDIS member survey

Posted on 27 June 2018

In early March 2018, MOD.A received 37 responses (37% response rate) to a survey of randomly selected members regarding their status and experiences as service providers in the NDIS environment. The MOD.A survey found that the home modification industry is comprised mostly of small businesses in a fragile state of transition into the NDIS environment, who are expressing high levels of dissatisfaction with NDIA processes and pricing around the provision of complex home modification supports. For more detail on the results and findings of this survey view the final Report here.

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Federal Budget 2018

Posted on 27 June 2018
The 2018 Federal Budget, handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison on 8 May, contains some additional funding for home based aged care but no specific provisions for the environmental modifications which will support it. A greater commitment to funding suitable housing needs to underpin the push toward reform in aged care. There are no specific housing-related measures for older people in the budget, but some allocation has been made toward housing and homelessness generally. This includes funding for the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement due to start in July 2018, and money for various infrastructure projects across the country. Clearly any funding to build better housing is welcome, but MOD.A is concerned that there does not appear to be an adequate focus on the development of age-friendly, suitable housing within general housing budget allocations, and it does not appear to be prioritised within aged care allocations.
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MOD.A Submission to the NDIA - 1 May 2018

Posted by RD on 4 May 2018

MOD.A was invited to take part in the AT Design Hub workshop in Geelong on 7 and 8 March 2018 and our Board Director Janeen Lynch attended. The workshop focused on a proposed new process for assessing NDIS participants for their AT needs and for home modifications. A report from the workshop was drawn up by the NDIA and circulated to those present, including MOD.A, prior to Easter.

Whilst MOD.A welcomes a new approach to delivering home modifications to NDIS participants we continue to have significant concerns about NDIA's proposed new approach, and have put together a submission which outlines those concerns and makes recommendations to strengthen it. The submission represents a great deal of work done by MOD.A Board Directors and MOD.A members, as well as other stakeholders, and draws on the data gathered from the survey of MOD.A members about their experiences to date operating under the NDIS. It has been delivered to the NDIA with an invitation for further dialogue.

You can view our submission on the Submissions page of this website.

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