$4 million for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care providers

Applications for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program 2018–2019 bi-annual one-off grants opened today.

Eligible aged care providers who are currently funded under the NATSIFAC Program are able to apply for a share of $4 million in funding to purchase equipment, undertake building maintenance and upgrade aged care staff accommodation.

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.

New $662 million aged care package to support senior 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.

AGED CARE FUNDING

AGED CARE FUNDING

The documents released under Freedom of Information clearly show that the Government has been honest with the Australian public about the true state of aged care finances. 

The document highlighted in the report in The Australian today was an internal analysis undertaken by the Department of Health.  It was not provided to Ministers or their offices until after the FOI decision was finalised.

$70 million a year to better support people with severe symptoms of dementia

Some of the most vulnerable Australians who live with dementia will benefit from a world-first national network of specialist care units, thanks to an annual $70 million investment from the Liberal National Government.

The innovative program will see more than 30 specialist care units established to provide best practice person-centred care for people exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Labor puts itself on notice

The Hon Julie Collins MP is right to be concerned about unannounced audits of aged care providers. 

Under Labor, there were no unannounced re-accreditation audits. Labor gave providers at least 2 to 3 months advanced notice of re-accreditation audits.

Unannounced re-accreditation audits were introduced in July 2018 by the Liberal National Government.

The Liberal National Government is committed to the safety of senior Australians and ensuring quality care standards are met through independent assessments.

EXTRA $58 MILLION A YEAR, 775 MORE PLACES FOR LIFE-CHANGING AGED CARE

Over 5,000 more senior Australians will benefit from specialised care programs to help them continue living independent, healthy lives in their own homes, after a record allocation of 775 new Short-Term Restorative Care places by the Liberal National Government.

The $58 million annual funding boost means the number of senior Australians receiving restorative care each year will almost triple - from 3,088 to 8,125 - with expanded programs increasing care places from 475 to 1,250.

$22.9 MILLION INVESTMENT TO GET OLDER AUSTRALIANS MORE ACTIVE

$22.9 MILLION INVESTMENT TO GET OLDER AUSTRALIANS MORE ACTIVE

Twenty-seven organisations will share in an investment of almost $23 million by the Liberal & Nationals Government aimed at getting millions of older Australians moving more often.

As part of its commitment to sport and physical activity, the Government is investing $22.9 million in the Move It Aus Better Ageing Grants over the next two years, with a focus on helping inactive people aged 65 and older to become more physically active and socially connected.

INNOVATIVE CULTURAL SAFETY TRAINING FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES

The Liberal National Government will provide $350,000 to produce an Australian-first online cultural safety training course for nurses and midwives delivering frontline care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM made the announcement at a national roundtable in Sydney on developing and rapidly expanding the Aboriginal health workforce.

LIFESAVING RECORD AS MANY MORE AUSTRALIANS SAY YES TO GIFT OF LIFE

LIFESAVING RECORD AS MANY MORE AUSTRALIANS SAY YES TO GIFT OF LIFE

Australia has recorded a major increase in lifesaving and life changing organ donations and transplants, following a record rise in donor consent rates over the past year.

 

“With the greatest number of people donating their organs, a record 1,544 Australians received transplants in 2018, 144 more than the previous year,” said the Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, Ken Wyatt AM.

LABOR STILL MESSING UP AS AGED CARE ROYAL COMMISSION BEGINS

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is the ultimate cleanup of the aged care mess left by Labor.

We have had to repair Labor’s legacy – they underfunded home care, botched residential care funding and ignored much of their own Productivity Commission report.

 Labor rattles on about a “crisis” but remember, Bill Shorten twice refused to back a Royal Commission in June last year.