Your Aged Care Update #34

Your Aged Care Update #34: Residential aged care pricing activities – access for the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority and more.

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Residential aged care pricing activities – access for the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority

Approved residential aged care providers must, if requested to participate in pricing activities, give the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) access and assistance to:

  • all areas on premises of services (other than personal rooms of residents not part of pricing activities)
  • residents who are participating in pricing activities
  • staff on premises during a pricing activity
  • provider records.

This will help IHACPA develop up-to-date pricing that reflects the true costs of delivering residential aged care.

For more information, see Section 10.1 of the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding guide.

Webinar - Digital Transformation Tech Talk

The Department of Health and Aged Care's Digital Transformation program is working to create a better-connected aged care network, that is consolidated, sustainable, automated, and modern.

We are inviting you to join us for an ongoing conversation via the Digital Transformation Tech Talk webinar series.

When: Thursday 7 September, 2pm (AEST).

At the webinar we will:

  • share an update on the department’s broader data and digital strategy,
  • hear from the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA)
  • provide a playback on some of our key digital transformation initiatives
  • answer your questions live.

Register for the webinar: Digital Transformation Tech Talk.

Webinar - Neuropsychological aspects of dementia

The Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults will hold a free webinar on neuropsychological aspects of dementia.

This webinar is for people who work in aged care, as well as psychologists, social workers, counsellors and volunteers who work with older people.

Neuropsychologist Dr Luke Smith will outline the changes in social cognition, behaviour and thinking that can occur as a result of neurodegenerative diseases, and the strategies to manage these symptoms. 

The presentation includes clinical examples of manifestations of trauma in delirium and the impact of trauma on older adults.

When: Friday 15 September, 4.45‑6pm AEST.

Find out more and register for the webinar.

COVID-19 Additional vaccine dose recommendation

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated their advice for the COVID-19 booster dose.

If it has been 6 months since receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, an additional dose:

  • is recommended for people aged 75 or older
  • should be considered for people aged 65-74, following discussion with their health care provider.

Aged care residents who have not yet received any booster dose this year are advised to do so.

Residential aged care homes are responsible for ensuring residents have access to recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Visit the department’s website for information

24/7 registered nurse reporting for August now due

24/7 registered nurse (RN) coverage reporting for August in GPMS is due by 11:59pm AEST Thursday 7 September 2023.

Providers that fail to report:

Services Australia reminds eligible providers to complete their 24/7 RN reporting before submitting their August 24/7 RN supplement claim.

For information on 24/7 RN coverage reported in July see:

Registered nurse coverage in residential aged care dashboard
Registered nurse coverage in residential aged care facilities

Changes to care minutes allocations

Care minutes allocations for each Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) class will change from 1 October 2023.

These changes ensure care minutes targets align with services’ care funding through AN-ACC, and better match care time with residents’ needs.

The care minutes allocations for each AN-ACC class are used to calculate care minutes targets for residential aged care services. This means from 1 October 2023, the mandatory targets you are required to meet may be different to your current targets.

To prepare for any changes, estimate the care minutes targets for your services using the AN-ACC funding and care minutes estimator.

Grant opportunity - Specialist Dementia Care Program

A grant opportunity for the Specialist Dementia Care Program is open for eligible aged care providers located in the following Primary Health Network regions:

  • New South Wales
    • Central and Eastern Sydney (South Eastern Sydney LHD region)
    • Murrumbidgee (Wagga Wagga region)
    • Western Sydney
    • Western NSW (Orange region)
  • Queensland
    • Brisbane South
    • Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast region)
    • Darling Downs and West Moreton
  • Victoria
    • Gippsland (Traralgon or Bairnsdale region)
    • Murray (Bendigo region)
  • Western Australia
    • Country WA (Albany or Bunbury region)

We will hold an information webinar for each state. To register click on the link for each state in the above list.

Grant information, including eligibility requirements is on GrantConnect (GO5304)

Applications close Monday 6 November 2023, 2pm (AEDT).

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