Aged Care Sector Committee - Communiqué (21 July 2014)

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Extra-ordinary Meeting

An extra-ordinary meeting of the Aged Care Sector Committee to focus on finalising the Statement of Principles and the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan took place in Canberra on Monday, 21 July 2014.

Representatives from Assistant Minister Fifield’s Office attended the meeting to discuss the cessation of the Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement and convey next steps.

The Minister has requested that a one day forum be held in September 2014. The forum will consider strategies to improve the adoption of better practice dementia care in both residential care and care in the home. The issue will be considered in the context of dementia care being ‘core business’ for all aged care services, while acknowledging the need for specialist support particularly for clients with more complex needs or more severe Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

It is proposed that key dementia experts, other relevant stakeholders, and sector representatives nominated by members of the Aged Care Sector Committee will be invited to consider how to promote the wider adoption of better practice for the care of people with dementia and BPSD among aged care providers.

The Committee spent significant time discussing and workshopping the draft Statement of Principles. Members were each given the opportunity to provide comments and feedback based on consultation with their constituencies. Members suggested a number of changes to ensure the draft Statement of Principles is a useful and meaningful document for the aged care sector. Further work will be done out-of-session to progress and finalise the draft Statement of Principles.

The Committee also reviewed the revised Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Members endorsed the content of the document, but identified some structural changes.

The next full meeting of the Committee will be held on 5 September 2014 in Melbourne.