Welcome Message from the CEO
Welcome to our July newsletter. Along with the new financial year this month has delivered us the new My Aged Care system. With it has come some technological and volume management issues for the whole of the aged care sector and in particular for those providers delivering home modifications and home maintenance services.
MOD.A continues to engage directly with the Department of Social Services (DSS) at the national and state level to identify and address the problems service providers and their clients are having navigating this new system. We will be holding a forum in NSW for members on Friday 14 August (venue to be confirmed) to address these issues and also to look at how the CHSP will impact home maintenance and modifications services when it commences in November 2015. This will also be an opportunity to get clarity on how NSW Statewide will operate from November, what the requirements are regarding Home Building Rectification Fund insurance and to talk about the new QARP guidelines. Our intention is to take our recommended solutions to the Department of Social Services and to the MAC call centre, so we can get the system working better for clients and providers. I will inform you directly once the venue and other details are confirmed. I encourage you to attend if you can and look forward to seeing as many members there as possible.
While much of our time has been spent talking with members about the new MAC system, we have continued to work on our position statements, which will articulate how home modifications can impact on disability and aged care, and how both of those systems can, ideally, accommodate our services to extend the provision of quality modifications to an increasing number and diversity of people. We are now members of the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) and are preparing for our first meeting there at the end of August.
Finally, we continue with preparations for our inaugural national conference on 28 and 29 April 2016 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Please reserve these dates in your calendar. We will advise program and registration details over the next few months as they become available.
Michael Bleasdale CEO