On 20 April 2012 the Australian Government announced the Living Longer, Living Better aged care reform package, which provides $3.7 billion over five years towards building a better, fairer and more nationally consistent aged care system.
What impact will the reforms have on the HACC sector?
Helping older people to stay at home is one of the key focuses under the reforms, with $955.4 million being allocated to this goal. Of this amount, $75.3 million will go toward drawing together existing programs into an integrated Home Support Program.
The Commonwealth Home Support program
The Commonwealth Home Support program will come into effect from 1 July 2015. The new program will bring under the one program all of the services currently providing basic home support – including the Commonwealth HACC Program, the National Respite for Carers Program, the Day Therapy Centres program and the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program.
Currently these programs offer different services to consumers and carers, through different pathways, but with the same objective of helping people to remain in the community. Consolidating these programs will provide a comprehensive basic home support program with an emphasis on prevention and reablement as the first level of care in an end to end aged care system.
For more information
For more information on the Living Longer, Living Better
aged care reform package visit the Living Longer, Living Better website
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