Your Aged Care Update issue 23, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #23: Consultation for Aged Care Quality Standards, HCP Program Assurance Community of Practice: Live chat session, Discussion paper: In-home aged care, a Grant Opportunity and more

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Aged Care Quality Standards: Public consultation now open

Consultation on the revised Aged Care Quality Standards is now open until 25 November 2022.

The department is conducting an urgent review of the Aged Care Quality Standards, as recommended by the Royal Commission, and is seeking feedback on a revised version of the standards.

The Quality Standards provide a shared understanding of what is expected in aged care, and are a valuable resource for older Australians, their families, providers and staff alike.

Find out more about the revised Quality Standards, register for online focus groups or complete the survey at the Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub.

HCP Program Assurance Community of Practice: Live chat session

The next live chat session for the Home Care Packages (HCP) Program Assurance Community of Practice will be held at 2pm‑3pm AEDT on Thursday 20 October.

This month, department staff from the Program Assurance Branch will be online to answer your questions about pricing transparency. Join us to discuss:

  • the current pricing transparency assurance review
  • provider obligations regarding pricing transparency.

All approved HCP providers are welcome to attend. For those who have not yet joined, sign up for the HCP Program Assurance Community of Practice.

For help signing up, email

Webinar: Digital Transformation Tech Talk

The department’s Digital Transformation agenda is working to create a better-connected aged care network that is consolidated, sustainable, automated and modern. 

Join us for our next Digital Transformation Tech Talk webinar at 2pm-3:30pm AEST on Tuesday 25 October.

Hear more about why we are undertaking this important work as we explore some of the immediate transformation priorities. You will also have a chance to ask questions.

If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and available on the department’s website.

Register for the Digital Transformation Tech Talk webinar.

Discussion paper: In-home aged care

A New Program for In-Home Aged Care Discussion Paper is now available, and the department is calling for your feedback through a written submission.
The department will also be holding consultation sessions on the discussion paper throughout November. If you would like to participate in a session, please email by Friday 4 November, and note your preference to attend the industry sessions or the sessions for older Australians and their carers.
For more information on this discussion paper or to view other consultation opportunities please visit the Aged Care Engagement Hub.

Webinar: Living with significant health issues – a life story perspective

Join Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults for their upcoming free webinar on ageing at 4.45‑6pm AEDT on Friday 28 October.

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

Emeritus Professor of English Richard Freadman outlines the role that stories play in shaping our experience of illness. Professor Freadman will discuss how writing about illness and exploring one’s experience of illness with others can be therapeutic.

Find out more information and register for the webinar.

Reminder: Electronic National Residential Medication Chart Grant Opportunity

Round 1 of the electronic National Residential Medication Chart (eNRMC) Adoption grant opportunity is now open. Residential aged care services, multi-purpose services and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care providers may be eligible for up to $22,000.

The grant opportunity is designed to help offset costs associated with implementing an eNRMC product, such as software and hardware costs, change management processes and staff training.

Round 1 grant applications close at 2pm AEDT, Thursday 30 March 2023.

For further information on the eNRMC grant opportunity, please see GO5666: GrantConnect (  

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