Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) CEO Sean Rooney welcomes the spotlight on aged care quality, with the Morrison Government’s boost today of $16 million for the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
The Commission will bring together the functions of the Aged Care Quality Agency, the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health.
Mr Rooney said the new Aged Care Safety and Quality Commission, along with the Aged Care Quality Framework would provide a strong backbone for quality outcomes in aged care.
“The Commission must be held accountable for a world-class regulatory framework delivering on risk identification and management, transparency, and robust, timely and fair complaints management systems and processes.”
The $16 million is on top of $32.6 million over 4 years announced in the 20180-19 Budget to establish a robust risk-profiling approach to support the new Commission to better identify risks.
Mr Rooney said all parties – Government, the sector and older people and their families – want a world class aged care system that delivers accessible, affordable, quality care and services.
“A lot of work has already been done on policy reforms to ensure that Australia’s aged care system is supported to deliver the quality care our older Australians need and deserve, now and into the future,” Mr Rooney said.
“However, there is still much more work to do, particularly around workforce development and a sustainable funding strategy.”
Mr Rooney also welcomed Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt’s announcement today of the immediate release of supporting funds:
- $40 million available from today to support aged care services in regional, rural and remote locations to improve, maintain and expand their infrastructure. LASA assumes that this is an advance of the Budget measure of $40 million over 5 years for infrastructure investment for regional, rural and remote aged care.
- $50 million to support residential aged care providers and their staff to improve quality and standards of care across the sector – funding will begin to flow next week. LASA assumes that this is an advance of the Budget measure which was $50 million funding over two years for residential aged care services to assist with transition to the new Aged Care Quality Standards, developed as part of the Single Quality Framework (SAQF).
Mr Rooney said our industry is committed to meeting the needs of older Australians and to working in partnership with Government to deliver the high quality care our older Australians need and deserve.