Today’s MYEFO statement will facilitate current aged care reforms while the Aged Care Royal Commission continues its work, but major structural reform is needed to fix the aged care system so it works properly.
The Royal Commission has identified that in its upcoming hearing to be held in Canberra 9 – 13 December it will investigate the interfaces between the aged care and health care systems. COTA believes improvements to the interface between healthcare and aged care systems are essential.
The Federal Government’s response to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, including a funding injection of $537 million, has been applauded by COTA Australia as an important step forward, but a plan to urgently reduce home care waiting times is still missing from the equation.
COTA Australia writes in response to the consultation on CP317 – unsolicited telephone sales of direct life insurance and consumer credit insurance. We welcome this important interim measure as part of broader law reform by the Australian Government.
Chief Executive of COTA Australia, Ian Yates, appeared yesterday as one of the earliest witnesses on the first day of public hearings for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety in Adelaide. The witness statement and transcript from his appearance are now available.
COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide suggestions for the development of the Letters Patent (Terms of Reference) for the announced Royal Commission into the Quality and Safety in Aged Care.
COTA Australia today outlined the five priority fixes that need to occur in the near future to address well documented failures in aged care while the Royal Commission into aged care is conducting further investigation of the sector.