Government responds to Interim Report with $537 million funding package
November 27, 2019
The Government has responded to the Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report with more funding for Home Care Packages (HCPs), medication management, dementia training, and, to remove younger people with disabilities from residential aged care.
While the VHA welcomes the 10,000 new HCPs (being rolled out from 1 December 2019), it has also noted these new places will barely make a dent on the 120,000-strong waiting list.
The $537 million funding package responds to the Interim Report’s three priority areas, including:
- $496.3 million for an additional 10,000 HCPs;
- $25.5 million to improve medication management programs to reduce the use of medication as a chemical restraint;
- $10 million for additional dementia training and support for aged care workers and providers; and
- $4.7 million to help meet new targets to remove younger people with disabilities from residential aged care.
The VHA is hopeful that a funding injection for residential aged care will follow in MYEFO, considering that 53 per cent of facilities are trading at a loss, which increases to 74 per cent in rural and remote areas.
The VHA will continue to strongly advocate on this with the Federal Government.
Read the Government’s media release here.