LASA Policies and Positions

LASA’s Policy Statements and Position Statements are presented in four overarching policies. The Policy Statements are supported by 16 Position Statements, which further build on the information presented in the Policies.

 

Policy Statement Title
Overview
Access (V.1.0) Identifies the key issues associated with access to care and services and the current constraints that exist for the industry and consumers. LASA suggests seven solutions that will assist in addressing these challenges so that all older Australians have access to, and choice of, high quality age services.
Economic – Funding Stability (V.1.0) Recognises the key issue and top challenges for aged care in seeking to meet the changing needs of older Australians. LASA identifies 6 solutions that would assist in stabilising the economic arrangements for the industry, by aiming for economic stability.
Quality (V.1.0) Identifies barriers to having a standardised high level of quality and safety without additional red tape, and focuses on quality improvement, not regulation. LASA proposes 3 solutions that will assist in achieving this that could be undertaken in the short term.
Workforce (V.1.0) Raises the challenges that the industry is currently facing in addressing current and future needs of an expanding population. The policy calls for 5 solutions to assist in addressing these challenges, including calling for a workforce strategy to be co-designed between industry and Government.

 

Policy Statement Title
Overview
  1. Access to Care (V.2.1)
Discusses the number of older Australians currently accessing aged care services and the new initiatives that are being/have been put into place to improve people’s interaction with aged care services. LASA calls for a more inclusive consultation and design process regarding any future changes and identifies specific areas to improve existing systems and processes.
  1. Commonwealth Home Support Programme (V.1.1)
Discusses the implementation of the CHSP and identifies some of the issues that have been identified to date. The position statement also calls for continued improvement regarding access to services.
  1. Consumer Directed Care (V.1.2)
Raises the benefits and challenges that have been encountered since the introduction of the CDC model into home care and calls for extensive evaluation prior to considering this model being used in residential care.
  1. Data (V.1.1)
Recognises the potential value of robust and informative data and calls for the Government to look at a more inclusive strategy regarding data collection and utilisation to better use existing and future data sets.
  1. Diversity and Special Needs (V.1.2)
Seeks to identify some of the different requirements between consumers and in so doing, highlights the additional cost of care for these groups. The position statement also briefly touches on consumers that may have specific needs but are not covered in the current legislative definition of ‘special needs’.
  1. Information and Communication Technology (V.1.2)
Identifies the projected volume of growth required to residential aged care to support the ageing population and highlights issues relating to the application process for the Higher Accommodation Supplement.
  1. Newly Built or Significant Refurbishment (V.1.2)
Seeks to identify key areas of opportunity that exist for partnerships between Government and providers to improve service delivery through technology.
  1. Planning Ahead (V.1.1)
Looks at supporting older Australians to live and die well by considering their potential future legal, financial and health decisions. LASA advocate for improved advance care planning awareness in the aged care industry and calls for improved alignment between the State and Territory governments in this area.
  1. Provision of Quality Care and Services (V.1.2)
Raises concerns regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of existing processes, including the current accreditation system. The position statement discusses the power of meaningful performance and consumer experience-based data in supporting older Australians in decision making on care and accommodation options. It also highlights the importance of using data for continuous quality improvement.
  1. Repealing Red Tape (V.1.2)
Supports the Government’s call to reduce red tape and also identifies areas of opportunity to do so.
  1. Residential Accommodation Pricing (V.1.2)
Looks at accommodation funding and identifies challenges that currently exist around the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR); the Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD); and the Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP).
  1. Specialist Funding (Supplements) (V.1.2)
Discusses the shortfalls that exist between AFCI funding and the true cost of care, with the main example being around ongoing funding cuts to residential care facilities for dementia care and complex care.
  1. Supplement Inequity (V.1.2)
Looks at the abolition of the payroll tax supplement and the flow-on effects to the growth of the sector.
  1. Supporting Independent Living (V.1.2)
Looks at opportunities to support people living in the place of their choosing for as long as practicable.
  1. Transition from Acute to Sub-Acute Care (V.1.1)
Identifies the challenges that the consumer faces in the transition between health care and aged care services. The position statement discusses the impact this may have on providers and an individual, as well as raising concerns regarding appropriate resource use.
  1. Workforce (V.1.2)
Explores the existing and projected concerns around workforce development, staff attraction and retention and the constraints on growth.

LASA 2016 policies and position statements (PDF)

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