Update from the CEO
Welcome to our October newsletter, timed to coincide with Day 1 of the new Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). With the advent of the new programme come expectations of the sector for greater functionality of the My Aged Care (MAC) system to generate referrals for home modifications and a greater capacity of the new Data Exchange (DEX) reporting system to reflect the positive impact that home modifications and other CHSP outputs have on outcomes for older people living at home. There may well be some teething issues with DEX as it is implemented from today, and MOD.A will be happy to receive feedback from members, monitor these, and provide feedback to DSS with a view to making improvements.
This newsletter reports on how home modifications and accessible housing design is becoming a more critical issue in the successful implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). MOD.A has always said that at the end of the day we are involved in the provision and improvement of the housing stock, as well as customising homes to meet the individual needs of clients. Having suitable housing is vital to the success of not only the NDIS but also the increased reliance on the family home for those who wish to age in place. Momentum appears to be building across sectors to have more coordinated and concerted efforts made by the Commonwealth government to influence the supply and quality of housing, public and private, to make sure that innovative reforms in aged care and disability are supported.
November is also the time of year when men’s health comes under the spotlight. Members have approached MOD.A from time to time to indicate an interest in promoting Movember activities, which are designed to raise the profile of specific men’s health issues, and to encourage men to actively monitor their health and to seek assistance when they have concerns. The Movember
campaign is global and has steadily gained momentum over the years, made visible by growing or regrowing facial hair, and wearing the colour purple. But as you will see from the website there are a number of practices which the campaign aims to encourage during the month, such as a focus on inactivity, which we as employers would do well to promote. I would like to encourage members to become active within their organisations to promote and celebrate Movember and to share what they are doing with other members via MOD.A’s Facebook page.
Michael Bleasdale CEO