Aged Care Sector Committee - Communiqué - 23 September 2016

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The Aged Care Sector Committee (the Committee) held its tenth face to face meeting on Friday 23 September 2016.

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care opened the meeting, sharing his observations of the aged care sector from recent experiences and visits “It is so important that we continue to listen to the consumers of the aged care system, listen to their needs and what they have to say about the current system. Ageing in the home allows the individual autonomy to live their life as they see fit and then if they transition into residential care it is done with dignity, respect and they have a quality of care that reflects that”. The Assistant Minister acknowledged there were some challenges ahead with aged care, sustainability into the future and changing expectations of the baby boomer generation on the horizon. He expressed his passion for aged care and looks forward to working more with the Aged Care Sector Committee.

The Committee had a robust discussion on the future of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), constructively discussing the surrounding issues.

The Committee was provided with an update on the National Quality Indicators Program in Aged Care and the Single Aged Care Quality Framework. Ms Andrea Coote, Chair of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council, provided members with an update on the operations of the Council.

The Department of Human Services attended the meeting, providing an update to the Committee on current issues. New representatives from Human Services expressed a continued willingness and commitment to work with the Department, Committee and sector on issues to further stabilise the IT system.

The Committee was advised of the appointment of Mr David Tune, AO PSM as the Chair of the 2016/2017 Legislative Review. He will remain Chair of the Aged Cared Sector Committee.

The Committee will next convene on 2 December 2016.