The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), a representative body of 54 peak national organisations in aged care, wants the Federal Government to use the Budget to clear the Home Care Package Waiting List.
NACA detailed a list of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety it had sent to the Federal Government for inclusion in the Federal Budget and admitted there had not been a formal response.
- Additional funds to wipe out the 100,000 on the Home Care Package waiting list and create a new Care at Home Program;
- Form an Implementation Taskforce with independent and government membership to commence implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations including publishing and committing to a timetable for reform implementation
- Draft a new Aged Care Act based on human rights
- Establish key bodies for System Governance
- Commit to an agreement to increase aged care sector wages
- Commit to and invest in a co-design process with older Australians, their informal carers and the sector to inform the development of the new aged care program
- Set a minimum quality and safety standard for staff time in residential aged care
- Establish a workforce education and training fund to improve care quality
- Provide immediate funding increases to ensure care needs are met
- Commit to funding the delivery of culturally safe and trauma informed care and services to diverse and marginalised groups
- Commit to transparent and rigorous performance indicators to support consumer choice and quality improvement
The Federal Budget is on Tuesday (May 11).