Welcome Message from the CEO
Our staff have been busy this month putting industry concerns about the operation of the new My Aged Care (MAC) system directly to the Department of Social Services (DSS). Our particular focus, however, has been issues relating to the work we do on the home environment which we believe need to be better administered and resourced. We have also discussed directly with staff at DSS the operation of home modifications and home maintenance in the new CHSP and with colleagues at the National Aged Care Alliance and federal parliamentarians about the future of home based programs. The continued engagement by our members with MOD.A staff has greatly assisted our lobbying in these areas.
Just as we attempt to bed down the MAC and now the CHSP changes in October we will be coming to terms with the requirements of the new DSS Data Exchange (DEX). The rollout of training and information sessions will hopefully explain how this will work for providers, but MOD.A will monitor the situation and is prepared to identify areas which may be problematic and to work through these with the DSS.
We are expecting the release of the Client Contribution Framework (ie: Fees Policy) in the first week of October which will be in line with the broad principle-based approach announced prior to the release of the CHSP Manual. The Framework can be implemented flexibly to meet varying client profiles and organisational needs. The expectation is that contributions towards the cost of care will move towards a nationally consistent approach over time with contributions gradually making up 15% of a service provider’s grant revenue.
During September historic agreements were signed to rollout the NDIS in NSW and Victoria. We expect there to be more announcements related to home modifications under the NDIS very shortly. MOD.A will continue to work close with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure that participants have access to high quality home modifications as and when they are required.
I will be taking leave from 25 September to 21 October during which time I will be presenting at the Claiming Full Citizenship conference in Vancouver, Canada (full report in our next newsletter). During this time the office will be operating as usual so please continue to send your comments, questions and feedback to our staff.
Michael Bleasdale CEO