VHA visits aged care members

September 4, 2019

VHA Advisor Aged Care, Heather Witham, recently visited members at Merri Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton and Cobaw Community Health Services, Kyneton District Health Service to discuss issues impacting on community aged care.

The complexity of the issues impacting these services due to differing funding streams and reporting is significant, as well as inadequate funding.

Other issues identified include the need for: funding flexibility for short-term episodic care, Commonwealth Home Support Programme funding increases to meet actual costs of services such as occupational therapy assessments, staff training needs, and admin costs; incentives for GPs and hospitals to upload client details onto My Aged Care.

Heather plans to visit more services to discuss issues impacting on public sector aged care providers. Contact heather.witham@vha.org.au if there are issues you would like to discuss or to arrange a visit to your service.

Photo: Julyan Howard, Divisional Director, Primary Care, GV Health Shepparton