This submission presents some
ideas about how community transport services may be improved as they are transferred to
the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
NCOSS Summary: As part of the Living Longer, Living Better reform package for aged care in Australia, the Australian Government announced on 20 April 2012 that community care would be enhanced. NCOSS has prepared a summary on the Home Care Packages Program.
NCOSS Submission: The draft Guidelines offer an important opportunity for policy and program development in aged care in Australia. They introduce Consumer Directed Care (CDC) into the mainstream of aged care policy.
The NSW HACC Issues Forum provided this information to the Home Support Advisory Group of the National Aged Care Alliance to inform the Group's recommendations to the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) on the establishment of the Home Support Program.
This discussion paper outlines why community care support for people with disability should be able to be converted to portable, individualised funding that is allocated to a person. This paper outlines the context for these changes and the potential benefits of implementing person centred approaches in community care, especially with the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming into effect in NSW.
NSW HACC Issues Forum supports a number of aspects of the draft Bill, and notes that they have considerable prospects for successfully supporting people living with disabilities to live well. NSW HACC Issues Forum particularly supports the person centred approach embedded in many aspects of the draft Bill, and the provision for considerable choice and control by people living with disabilities in support of a good life.
NSW HACC Issues Forum submission: Feedback to the House of Representatives Standing Committee Inquiry into dementia: early diagnosis and intervention.
NCOSS summary and comments: National Carer Strategy, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, August 2011.
NCOSS Submission to the NSW Review of HACC funded Home Modification Services
NSW HACC Issues Forum submission: National Human Rights Consultation
This 2005 advice prepared by NCOSS is once again highly relevant as COAG is again considering whether to implement a proposed split of the HACC program.