Welcome to the first News Digest in the transition year to the Support at Home program. In this edition, you will read about the latest updates, information, resources and events that are happening across the region.
There continues to be focus on changes, industrially and at the program level. Some of the key changes are the introduction of the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model on 1 October 2022 and providers are urged to communicate new resident details to Services Australia so that they are able to receive a shadow assessment by 30 September before the new funding model is applied.
Another key change is to the SCHADS Award with improved wages and conditions for aged care workers that came into effect on 1 July. This includes new standards such as two-hour minimum shifts and to encourage all home care providers to become aware of the changes and what needs to be considered at an operational level.
As always, there are a range of resources within this issue of the New Digest and I’d like to draw your attention to in-language resources on elder abuse that have been made available. The Australian Human Rights Commission now has elder abuse awareness posters and bookmarks in 20 languages. While we know that efforts to raise awareness and reduce elder abuse need to happen at the local level, we equally need action at a societal level. These new in-language resources will be critical for spreading the message across Western Sydney.
Finally, we’re pleased to advise that in order to bring you key information about the Support at Home transition and reforms as well as the support available to providers, we have introduced a new section of the News Digest. The Support at Home Reforms and Transition News will bring you key information from the Department of Health and Aged Care, advice on current issues for providers and will feature information on the support available for providers during transition. To start off, we are sharing the recent announcement by the Minister for Aged Care that the Support at Home Program start date is to be delayed until 24 July 2024. More details can be found in this new section.
We encourage you to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to share ideas on the types of other supports that will be useful for providers to ensure we keep providing quality support to older people at home in Western Sydney during the reforms.
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