Welcome Message from the CEO
August has been a busy month as providers continue to experience difficulties with the new My Aged Care (MAC) system. We have recorded the various problems and issues being experienced by our members and are committed to presenting the issues (and potential solutions) at a meeting with the Department of Social Services (DSS) in the near future. The Forum we held in Sydney on Friday 14 August provided a great opportunity for our NSW members to meet and discuss these issues. Together with feedback from our meeting with Queensland providers at the end of July we have built up a solid understanding of how the system could be improved to benefit providers.
We recently attended our first meeting of the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) in Canberra as a member. MOD.A’s involvement in the Alliance over the next three years will enable us to make sure that the work that needs doing on the home environment to ensure that older people can successfully age in place and safely receive the support they require is identified as a key area of focus.
During the month we also held our latest board meeting and appointed a new Director – Mr David Hallett, CEO of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Victoria). On behalf of members I welcome David to the board and look forward to his contributions to the development of our organisation as we continue to grow and expand.
Finally, a reminder that September is national Dementia Awareness Month and World Alzheimer’s Day is on Monday 21 September. The theme of this years’ Dementia Awareness Month is Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation
and aims to encourage Australians to become more aware of and to have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also provides a good opportunity to remind providers of the role they have in aiding people with this condition - modifications to the layout, amenities and appliances within the home to make them safer and more usable can play a big part in assisting people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to remain in their homes for longer. Information on events planned for Dementia Awareness Month can be found on the Alzheimer’s Australia website
Michael Bleasdale CEO