Rapid response team to cut ACAT assessment waiting times – how will it impact on village managers?

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The new Federal Government has made a commitment of $1 million to cut ACAT assessment times – in some cases standing up to 13 months, particularly in NSW. A rapid response team is being established to target trouble spots in the Tweed in Northern NSW (the seat of the Federal Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot), and Manly-Warringah in Sydney. Other priority areas include Hornsby and Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. For retirement village managers, often at the frontline of overseeing a resident’s care, the program is a step in the right direction. At present there are just 115 Aged Care Assessment Teams nationally. If each team did 4 assessments a day, every day, they would just cover 110,000 people in 12 months. Will the $1 million let them catch up, let alone cover future demand?