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At arm’s length

Broad praise for the PC’s recommendation of a single body overseeing quality and compliance, independent of government The creation of a new super regulatory body, operating at arm’s length from the government, is arguably one of the most critical reforms ...

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A class of their own

Family carers need more recognition in the final PC report Given the PC report acknowledges that carers provide 80 per cent of care support, it is insufficient to address their unique needs within the broader section of workforce and volunteering. ...

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Cost of care to reflect needs of diversity

The PC has recommended a comprehensive set of strategies to address the cultural and linguistic needs of older Australians The Productivity Commission has outlined well-targeted strategies to address the needs of CALD client groups but a broader policy framework is ...

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Walton welcomes AACRC

Author of CIS review praises the PC’s complaints handling proposals Professor Merrilyn Walton has said she was “relieved” and “heartened” by the Productivity Commission’s recognition of the work undertaken in her 2009 review into the Complaints Investigation Scheme (CIS). The ...

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Discontent on pay continues

Workforce is gearing up to be the main point of difference for the major players in coordinating a response to the PC draft The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), representing a coalition of unions, providers and consumers has agreed to ...

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One stop shop

Mixed feeling over PC’s recommendation for single body responsible for information, assessment and referral. Providers appear at odds over the Australian Seniors Gateway Agency, the proposed single body that would be responsible for providing information, assessment, care coordination and carer ...

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Leave it to the market?

Relaxing the regulatory controls on supply of licences and moving to a market-driven model means competition will increase No more ACAR, says the Productivity Commission. Instead of the government controlling the supply of beds and packages, the system should shift ...

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Making it happen

As well as discussing the finer points of the PC report, the industry is considering the implementation process Given the sheer scale of reform proposed by the Productivity Commission, it was inevitable that discussion would soon shift to implementation. Some ...

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