Input Wanted on Sector’s Digital Strategy
The government is seeking feedback on their draft Aged Care Data and Digital Strategy 2023-2028. This draft strategy aligns with the recommendations of the aged care royal commission, which suggested a complete digital overhaul of the sector. The strategy aims to understand the role of data and digital technology in the aged care sector, outline current challenges and key outcomes, and encourage innovation and transformation through guidelines and recommendations. The strategy is scheduled to be launched in December.
What to Consider when Caring for Someone from the Stolen Generations
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing and Aged Care Council (NATSIAACC) is currently helping form a new definition and framework of culturally safe care to be included in the next Aged Care Act. The last group of Stolen Generation survivors have become eligible for aged care services, and NATSIAACC is aiming to ensure that culturally safe practices are embedded into aged care services for Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander older people, their families and communities. Understanding trauma and triggers, as well as the role of family in the lives of survivors of the Stolen Generation, is vital to providing them the most culturally appropriate and safe care.
Draft National Road Transport Technology Strategy and 2024–27 National Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Action Plan
The Australian Government is inviting feedback on a draft National Road Transport Technology Strategy and 2024–27 National Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Action Plan. The feedback gathered will help in the rollout of new transport technologies, and make road transport meet industry and community needs in its safety, accessibility, convenience and environmental sustainability. The deadline for submissions is 6 December 2023.
Bus Industry Taskforce
The aim of this Taskforce is to make recommendations to the Minister for the improvement of bus services across NSW. This Taskforce has been created by the NSW Government and is comprised of bus operators, industry experts, the workforce, and community representatives. The options for providing feedback include completing a survey or uploading a submission by 31 March 2024.
New Home Care Pricing Audit Program Launched
The Commission’s new Home Care Pricing Audit Program will involve auditing certain home care providers from November 2023 to June 2024. This audit is to ensure that the new legislative requirements which came into effect in January 2023 have been met, among other obligations. The audits aim to help identify and address sector concerns and educational needs.
OPAN’s Presenting Issues Report July 2022 – June 2023 Launched
This report outlines the increase in the amount of information and advocacy support provided to older people and their loved ones and representatives by OPAN over the last financial year. It also identifies the issues being experienced by older people, some of which relate to communication, access, and choice and control. Recommendations were also put forward by OPAN in this report.