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This section will keep you up to date with news in the palliative care sector. Please note that the links below were current at the time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update their content.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has just released draft guidance resources on the new strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards. It is seeking feedback on these documents (one per Standard) from providers, aged care workers, older people and their representatives, and other stakeholders. Your responses will help the Commission ‘produce resources that are fit-for-purpose, easy-to-understand and support the delivery of quality, person-centred aged care’.
Feedback welcomed up until midday AEST on 30 April 2024.
As part of a detailed submission to the Federal Government, Palliative Care Australia proposes the need to maintain funding for the Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure beyond June 2024, with costs shared with states and territories. By linking specialist palliative care services with people in residential aged care, this program has already demonstrated a reduction in unnecessary emergency and hospital admissions and delivered savings and efficiencies for hospital systems.
Aged care workers and service providers can view a recording of an interactive Q&A panel discussion on the draft new Aged Care Act. The webinar answers sector questions on the Act, explains the draft law, and provides information on how the public can get involved in the consultation process. This information is also relevant to older people, their families and carers.
The government has released the final draft of the strengthened aged care quality standards. For each of the seven standards there is a description of the intent of each standard, an outcome statement (which providers will be assessed against) and actions which show how providers have met the standard.
Standard 5 deals with Clinical Care and describes the responsibilities of providers to deliver safe and quality clinical care to older people. Outcome 5.7 addresses Palliative care and end-of-life care. Effective implementation of Standard 5 is reliant on the systems and processes from Standards 1–7.
The draft strengthened Quality Standards are not yet in operation but have been circulated for information and consideration of future implementation.
Andrea Kelly has been appointed as the Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner. Her appointment is a first step in addressing Recommendation 49 of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which recommended a statutory First Nations Aged Care Commissioner to ensure culturally safe, tailored and flexible aged care services for First Nations people.
The Department of Health and Aged Care (the department) is developing a new Aged Care Act that will put the rights of older people at the centre of our aged care system. The draft of the new Act (called the exposure draft) is now available for public consultation. Anyone can contribute to the consultation, including older people, their families and carers, aged care providers and workers, researchers, experts and anyone interested in Australia’s aged care system. Consultation will close on Friday 16 February 2024.
You can contribute to consultation on the new Act by:
Register for a workshop or access the online survey.
To help providers understand the coming aged care reforms, a special national conference will be on 23–24 April 2024 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Registrations, details and the program are now open.
Australia is a culturally and linguistically diverse country. Understanding how people from diverse backgrounds interact with aged care services is particularly important given older people already face more complex health needs and challenges in navigating the health system. This AIHW Infocus report describes how Australians born overseas use aged care services. New data development activities that can increase understanding of how people from diverse backgrounds access and use the Australian aged care system are also covered.