The Government’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety includes in-principle acceptance that access to care should be based on need rather than rationed, with maximum support in home care matched to residential care funding levels assigned to care recipients with similar need from July 2024. This has implications for provider business development in building capacity for the delivery of continuous and complex in-home care across the 2-3 period leading up to the scheduled increase in maximum in-home care funding.  

The Aged Care Financing Authority has reported funding estimates across all residential aged care facilities for the 2018-19 period with the average annualised level of committed funding per resident across 2018-19 for care provision being $69,726. This represents a 35 per cent increase in annualised Level 4 home care package subsidy, it currently being $51,808 as of March 2021.

It also is noted that introduction of an increase in maximum in-home care funding corresponds with a range of complimentary reform measures designed to strengthen the integrity of future home care program design. These reform measures include:

  • Clinical Care Standards to be developed through Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care from July 2021.
  • The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Pilot will receive an additional $37.3 million over 4 years from July 2021 to extend the current 11 Primary Health Networks (PHN) pilot sites to include all 31 PHNs.
  • $53 million to improve early intervention assistance post-diagnostic support for approximately 15,000 people newly diagnosed with dementia each year and their carers from July 2021. This includes more support for the National Dementia Helpline and National Dementia Support Program, establishing nationally consistent local dementia support pathways.
  • The Serious Incident Response Scheme will be expanded to include home and community care commencing 2022.
  • Accreditation for high-level home care providers will be introduced through the new Aged Care Act to commence July 2023.
  • Future home care program design commencing July 2023 will include supports to help with complex care needs, palliative care and people living with dementia.
  • Increase in respite funding, noting the ratio and variation in types of respite care/carer supports relative to high-level support at home funding will be critical to sustain ageing in place arrangements that support care recipient/informal carer dyads.

Who Should Attend?

The Home Care Virtual Forum has been designed with CEOs, COOs, General Managers, Quality/Compliance Managers, Business Operations and Service Managers in mind across both home and residential care. It includes both speaker presentations and panel discussions, evoking thought leadership for navigating future aged care reforms that will effect the delivery of both home and residential care services. It will explore some of the broader considerations for reform preparations and anticipating business development actions, providing participants with an invaluable reflective learning opportunity.

Forum Speakers:


Forum Program:


TimeSession TitleSpeakers
9.30am – 10.30amCheck In & Introductory Video 

10.25am – 10.29am


Opening & WelcomeMC: Troy Speirs, Senior Policy Advisor, LASA
10.30am -10.47amAgeing in Place: A Consumer Conversation

Craig Gear, CEO, OPAN,
Lesley Forster, National Older Persons Advocacy Group
Deborah Bullman, Home Care Sub Group 
Lynda Henderson, National Older Persons Reference Group

10.50am – 11.17am

Clinical Governance and Health Interface – What Should We Be Striving For?

Sharon Blackburn CBE, Executive Director, Ballycara,
11.20am – 11.58amPanel Session:
Clinical governance and health interface: What can residential care tell us and how do we get there?
Facilitator: Jane Floyd, HomeCare Specialist, LASA
Sharon Blackburn CBE, Executive Director, Ballycara,
Patrick Reid, CEO, IRT Group
Dr Kylie Norris, GP Liaison Officer, Brisbane North PHN
12.00pm – 12.10pmVirtual Break 

12.13pm – 12.38pm


Reforming Continuity of Care- Enabling Confidence at Home Dr David Panter, CEO, ECH Inc.

12.41pm – 1.21pm


Panel Discussion: Reforming continuity of care: The interface of home and residential careFacilitator: Paul Johnson, Chief Opportunity Officer, Ballycara
Michelle Jenkins, CEO, Community Vision
Paul Ostrowski, CEO, Care Connect
Dr David Panter, CEO, ECH Inc.
Carolyn Cooper, Managing Director, Bupa Villages & Aged Care New Zealand
1.24pm – 1.34pmVirtual Break 
1.37pm – 1.59pmCaring in the Community- Complex Dementia SupportMarie Alford, Head of Dementia Centre Services, HammondCare
2.02pm – 2.20pmHeathcote Dementia Alliance – Bush Inspired in Home Care ModelSimon Drysdale, Group Director, Seniors Living, Thomson Adsett
Sandra Slatter, President/ Founder, Heathcote Dementia Alliance
2.23pm – 2.42pmPanel Discussion:
Dementia care: Possibilities and challenges
Marie Alford, Head of Dementia Centre Services, HammondCare
Maree McCabe
, CEO, Dementia Australia

Simon Drysdale Group Director, Seniors Living, Thomson Adsett
Sandra Slatter, President/ Founder, Heathcote Dementia Alliance
Tamar Krebs, Founder and Executive Director, Group Homes Australia 
2.44pm – 2.54pmVirtual Break 

2.57pm – 3.17pm


End-of-Life In-home care: ECH GP ServiceDr Sally Tideman, Consultant GP, ECH Inc.
3.20pm – 3.40pm

End-of-Life In-home care: Possibilities and challenges


Professor Liz Reymond, Director Metro South Health  |  Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative
3.43pm – 4.05pmPanel Discussion:
End-of-Life In-home care: Possibilities and challenges

Facilitator: Prof Deborah Parker, School of Nursing, UTS,
Professor Liz Reymond, Director Metro South Health  |  Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative
Dr Merran Cooper, Touchstone Life Care
Deidre McGill, Executive General Manager, At Home Support, Bolton Clarke
Leanne Davey Nurse Practitioner-Palliative Care, Bolton Clarke

4.05pm – 4.10pm

Wrap up & Close of Forum

MC: Troy Speirs, Senior Policy Advisor, LASA


Each delegate will require their own individual registration and will receive a unique login to the online portal which is only valid for use on one device at a time. The online conference platform is simple to use and allows you to access presentations, one to one meetings, and connect with your colleagues in the meeting hub. There will also be live support available for the duration of the forum should you have any questions.

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