CTO celebrates Government decision to delay home care reform agenda
It is with great pleasure that we share today’s announcment of the Federal Government’s decision to delay the implemention of in-home aged-care reforms to 01 July 2024 in line with the Royal Commission recommendations.
Media reports highlighted that the postponement has come ‘amid concern in the sector that the rollout was being rushed’ and explained that the government will ‘use the additional time for consultation in the sector, including with older Australians needing additional support, their families and carers, as well as service providers and aged-care advocates.’
Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells also asserted that “In-home care, on which more than one million Australians rely, is not an area to make policy on the run… We are returning to the royal commission’s recommendation… and taking the time to address the concerns.”
This is a great achievement for the community transport sector in NSW. The CTO has carried out innovative and sector leading work with the Support at Home Alliance, the Australian Health Services Research Institute and the Centre for Health Service Development to elevate the voice of our industry and ensure that transport is a part of ongoing discussion and co-design efforts.
Recognition that the transition to reform is a serious and time consuming pursuit is the first step in supporting Government to understand the important and life affecting role transport plays in the quality of life for our senior Australians.
Thank you to our members who have supported these efforts with letter writing campaigns and conversations with local members – it has been a great team effort.
Aged Care Minister Anika Wells speaking in parliament – Photo courtesy of The Guardian Newspaper
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