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Some healthy competition

Jim Toohey on some of the key challenges facing providers arising from the PC draft report The recommendations of the Productivity Commission draft report highlight both the historical unfairness for providers and residents of recent policy settings and also the ...

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Re-orienting the system

The PC has done a great job of drawing together the main threads of reform discussion over recent years, writes Ian Yates. The draft presents a coherent and integrated way forward that re-orients the system around the consumer and entitlement, ...

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Avoiding clichés

Some recent press comment must not be allowed to inhibit a more sophisticated and forward-looking public debate, writes Ian Hardy. ‘Nursing Homes Rorting Bonds’ ran a headline in The Australian the day after the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft ...

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The invisible majority

The PC report is a great start, but more focus is needed on people living with dementia, writes Glenn Rees. Alzheimer’s Australia has welcomed the draft report of the Productivity Commission which sets out a new vision for aged care, ...

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Once in a generation opportunity

The most critical challenge for the Australian community is to ensure we are all appropriately housed, yet this is the PC’s principal deficiency, writes Doug Strain. At last we have a comprehensive plan that effectively charts a course for the ...

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More than one ball in the air

While the PC draft is to be welcomed, its important providers in the West don’t lose sight of what needs to be done in the interim of reform, writes Anne-Marie Archer. The PC’s recommendations have received an overwhelming amount of ...

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Law and order

The PC’s recommendations on complaints handling and investigations form a sound basis for reform, writes Angela Wood. The Productivity Commission has recommended an independent regulator for aged care – the Australian Aged Care Regulation Commission (AACRC). The AACRC will handle ...

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Exclude incontinent from law: GP

Those suffering from incontinence should not be charged when caught urinating in public, doctor tells police minister. A Queensland MP is lobbying for incontinent people who urinate in public out of necessity to be spared the humiliation of going to ...

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