20
Aug 18

Financial Sustainability in Aged Care: What can you do?

Aged care reform continues with quality and consumer driven care as top priority, but what is yet to be properly addressed is the issue of financial sustainability. The recent StewartBrown report highlighted that 43% of residential aged care facilities have been operating at a loss. Pat Sparrow, the Chief Executive Officer of peak body Aged … Continue reading Financial Sustainability in Aged Care: What can you do?

01
Jun 16

Changes to ACFI and milestones of reform

Author:Ian Yates

On the 6 & 7 July 2016 I have the pleasure of facilitating the first in the COTA Criterion Aged Care Roadmap series of events with our Strategic Thinking for Choice and Control conference. The Aged Care Sector Committee’s “Aged Care Roadmap” has now been endorsed by the Government; with Minister Ley declaring that “We … Continue reading Changes to ACFI and milestones of reform

24
May 16

Campaign launched to put better aged care on election agenda

The National Aged Care Alliance has launched the ‘Australians Deserve to Age Well’ campaign this week, calling on all political parties to put aged care on the election agenda. The Alliance is made up of 48 aged care consumer advocates, service providers, professionals and unions, and is working to end the “aged care lottery”.   … Continue reading Campaign launched to put better aged care on election agenda

04
May 16

Regional & remote aged care: Improving strategic thinking to thrive and survive

Aged Care providers working in Australia face many challenges in regional and remote areas according to the Aged Care Finance Authority. Higher cost pressure and lower financial results force them to look at the ongoing viability of their organisations: Funding Viability dilemmas created by the small size of both residential and community services. Higher costs … Continue reading Regional & remote aged care: Improving strategic thinking to thrive and survive

20
Apr 16

The Aged Care Roadmap is out – learn more about future directions

In April 2015, the Aged Care Sector Committee was tasked by the former Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, to develop a roadmap on future directions for aged care.   This Aged Care Roadmap sets out the views of the aged care sector leadership on where the current reform process should end up … Continue reading The Aged Care Roadmap is out – learn more about future directions

08
Mar 16

What is quality in aged care?

The Quality in Aged Care Conference, held by Criterion and COTA Australia, kicked off today with lively debate around the definition of quality in the context of aged care. The conference Chair, Ian Yates from COTA, began the discussion by stating: “Quality is a significant challenge that both government and providers don’t have our heads … Continue reading What is quality in aged care?

05
Feb 16

Surviving in the NGO ‘Marketplace’

Things are changing for the NGO sector.  There is a trend away from block funding and towards models that see providers operating in a marketplace environment (think the NDIS, Consumer Directed Care and the recently announced Mental Health Reforms). So how do you ensure your NGO survives in the new environment? We’ve heard how many … Continue reading Surviving in the NGO ‘Marketplace’

21
Jan 16

Aged Care Consumer Insights: “Consumers have the potential to be the greatest champions of your service”

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency released its “Let’s Talk About Quality” report early this month following consultation with the sector. The report said a key message for government was that quality standards should recognise what makes a difference to the quality of care for consumers, including interpersonal, social and relational aspects of care. The … Continue reading Aged Care Consumer Insights: “Consumers have the potential to be the greatest champions of your service”