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National Aged Care Alliance Communique February 2024

Date published: Thursday 22 February 2024

Category(ies): News, Feature

The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), co-chaired by our own Dr Robyn Sampson, convened in Canberra on 15th and 16th February 2024 to address crucial issues impacting aged care in Australia. 

Discussions centred around various topics, including the exposure draft of the new Aged Care Act, the interface between health and aged care, the Single Assessment Workforce, COVID management in residential aged care, and access to services.

Read the attached PDF to gain insights into the Alliance's nationwide advocacy efforts for high-quality, needs-based aged care services. 

Key Points Regarding the Exposure Draft of the New Aged Care Act:

  • Urgent prioritisations of passing a new rights-based Aged Care Act in 2024.
  • The necessity for a comprehensive consultation on various aspects, including missing chapters, Support at Home design, transition plans, and subordinate legislation.
  • Proposal for a statutory, independent Complaints Commissioner with dedicated funding and staffing.
  • Continued work required for implementing changes to supported decision-making and ensuring the right to services based on assessed need.

Government and Department Representatives in Attendance:

Notable representatives from government and departments contributed to discussions, including Andrea Kelly, Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner, and various officials from the Department of Health and Ageing.

About the National Aged Care Alliance:

NACA is a coalition of national aged care peak bodies advocating for high-quality, needs-based aged care services in Australia. Emphasising a human rights-based approach, NACA influences ongoing reform across aged care and interconnected systems to ensure equitable access and outcomes for older Australians.

 

For further insights into NACA's discussions and initiatives, read the full communique by downloading the PDF below.