The Community Transport Service Type Review will examine
community transport services funded under the Home and Community Care (HACC)
Program, the Community Transport Program and the Area Assistance Scheme.
The primary aim of the Review is the development of
Community Transport Service Type Guidelines including good practice principles.
NCOSS Report: NCOSS attended the National HACC Forum alongside three hundred invited delegates in Melbourne on 21 and 22 February 2008. This download is a summary of the highlights of the Forum.
Policy Position, April 2007
Supplementary Questions to the Inquiry.
The NSW Parliament conducted
an Inquiry into HACC and Home Care during 2006. NCOSS has prepared an
initial submission to respond to the terms of reference in July. At
the Inquiry hearings in September, NCOSS was given a number of
questions on notice. In October, a supplementary submission was
prepared to respond to these additional items. The submissions comment
on Commonwealth/State relations, the adequacy of the HACC program and
the method and timing of planning and funds distribution. There are
also comments on the adequacy and coverage of the NSW Home Care Service.
NCOSS response: Following a 2005 review of the Home Modifications and Maintenance service type under the Home Community Care program, DADHC has contracted KPMG to prepare a discussion paper on new models for service provision. NCOSS has responded to the Paper with general and specific comments and has identified a preferred model.
DADHC discussion paper: plan.arch.usyd.edu.au (http://plan.arch.usyd.edu.au/hmm/hmm_web/default.cfm)
NCOSS submission: As part of its
annual HACC planning process, DADHC invited interested stakeholders to
provide written submissions on Statewide issues of concern for frail
older people, people with disabilities and their carers to inform
strategic directions for the 2006-07 NSW HACC Program. In preparation
for this submission, NCOSS met with a range of peak and Statewide
bodies to consult on important issues for consumers and the sector.
This submission lists these and other issues and includes a list of
ideas and initiatives for non-recurrent allocations which could benefit
the provision of HACC in NSW.
Under its broad reform agenda for community care programs, the Commonwealth Department of Health Ageing is currently investigating ways to improve assessment and the management of eligibility for community care recipients. NCOSS has developed policy responses to the consultation papers but remains concerned that HACC service providers have not been directly included in the consultation processes.
The first in a series of policy papers, published in May 2002. It contains guiding principles and recommendations for government and service providers under a range of topics including:
1. Autonomy and self-determination;
2. Aboriginal representation within the system;
3. needs and assessment;
4. service development co-ordination and training.
The Gathering Committee believes that these contributed some positive outcomes in some areas. The Committee is currently developing the next paper in the series which, while updating the previous, will also include topics such as planning, management and transport.