On 15 March 2019, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the release of a University of Wollongong study about a proposed new residential aged care funding model. The landmark study was based on data collected from over 180 residential aged care facilities and 4,500 residents.
The funding model proposed by the study addresses identified flaws in the Aged Care Funding Instrument including complex and time consuming assessment processes.
A consultation paper has been released and can be accessed on the Consultation hub. The consultation process is open until 31 May 2019.
Macular Disease Foundation Australia digital training tools
The Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has developed free, easy-to-use digital training tools to be used in all Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to help understand the visual needs of residents. These resources were developed in response to an MDFA study funded by the department.
Resources on managing eye health and vision loss for RACF staff and families include:
Introduction video from the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP