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Understanding the reforms and the implications for CHSP

Written by Lauranne Beernaert, Sector Support Coordinator

The aged care landscape is changing at a rapid pace, as demonstrated by the frequency of community consultations to inform the new aged care system and the number of webinars focused on the topic. It is anticipated that this will continue, and service providers will be increasingly required to participate in surveys and adapt to new regulations.

As the state is in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak, your Sector Support team acknowledges the challenges in keeping informed with the latest Sector information while balancing multiple responsibilities to ensure that care is delivered in a safe manner. Therefore, we have attended two recent webinars on the aged care reforms and prepared a summary for each for your reference.

The first webinar ‘Reforms in Home Care’ was held on 30 June 2021 and hosted by the Department of Health. It can be downloaded here. The webinar covered the following topics:

  • Key elements of the new Support at Home Program
  • Launch of the Home Care Workforce Support Program

The second webinar ‘What’s next for the CHSP’ was held on 28 July 2021 and presented Professor Kathy Eagar’s view on the Royal Commission and what this may mean for CHSP providers. Professor Eagar has had a celebrated career investigating both community and residential aged care and has presented expert testimony to the Royal Commission. A summary can be accessed here. The webinar covered the following topics:

  • Some promising elements
  • Missed opportunities
  • CHSP implications
  • Opportunities for CHSP-funded organisations

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