Catholic Health Australia is urging the Morrison Government to not let the once-in-a-generation opportunity presented by the aged care royal commission for lasting and meaningful reform pass it by.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the final report yesterday and announced the Government will spend $452 million to fix Australia’s aged care system as part of a first step in responding to the royal commission into the sector.
Catholic Health Australia, which is the largest grouping of non-government aged care providers, said in its response to the royal commission’s final report the Government should concentrate its efforts on four key areas:
- Giving families choice and control over the type of care they need, including gradually removing the waiting list for home care packages and ending the rationing of services;
- Putting in place more staff and training and paying them properly;
- Increased disclosure and transparency that rates performance; and
- Providing timely access by older people in aged care to the services of the wider health system.
CHA chief executive Pat Garcia acknowledged the hard but necessary work undertaken by the commissioners and said his members were looking forward to hearing the Government's response in full.
“Our members recognise that significant reform is needed to deliver an aged care system that really caters for the needs of older Australians and puts them at the very centre of what we do. They absolutely recognise that they have a role to play in helping and they stand ready to assist the Government in the implementation.