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NACCF - Summary 27 July 2016

Summary of Meeting – 27 July 2016

The National Aged and Community Care Forum met in Canberra on 27 July 2016.

Aged Care Reforms Update

Members received an update on aged care reforms.  A five-year review of the aged care reforms scheduled to commence in August 2016.

On 1 July 2016, 400 places over two years were announced through the Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) for Short-Term Restorative Care. On 27 February 2017, the changes to home care packages will be implemented giving more choice and control to the consumer.

Navigating the Aged Care System

There was a joint presentation from DVA and the Department of Health regarding the aged care system.

Members were advised that pathways to DVA services have not changed.  DVA provides lower level care for clients through a range of services, while Health provides a higher level of care which can be accessed through the MyAgedCare website or contact centre.  DVA clients, as Australian citizens, can access both services, but the services cannot be duplicated.

Dementia and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Members were provided an overview of a review currently underway which will inform the development of a strategic policy document. This Policy document will discuss DVA’s current approach to dementia and seeks to identify the future priorities in relation to support for clients.

Graduate Project: Identifying the Gaps in DVA Clients’ End of Life Care Journey

Members of the 2016 DVA Graduate Cohort addressed the Forum on their Graduate Project to identify gaps in DVA clients’ End of Life Care journey.

The project focuses on identifying where gaps and deficiencies currently exist in DVA’s Provision of End of Life care services.  The members were consulted regarding barriers, possibilities, and gaps in DVAs end of life care, including advanced care planning and palliative care.

The next meeting of the NACCF will be held on 23 November 2016.

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