Living Longer. Living Better – Department of Health and Ageing – 20 April 2012

Posted on April 20, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Policy | Tags: |

Living Longer. Living Better – Department of Health and Ageing – 20 April 2012

“On 20 April 2012, the Prime Minister and Minister Butler unveiled a comprehensive package of reforms to build a better, fairer, more sustainable and more nationally consistent aged care system.

The “Living Longer. Living Better.” aged care reform package provides $3.7 billion over five years. It represents the commencement of a 10 year reform program to create a flexible and seamless system that provides older Australians with more choice, control and easier access to a full range of services, where they want it and when they need it. It also positions us to meet the social and economic challenges of the nation’s ageing population.

The reforms give priority to providing more support and care in the home, better access to residential care, more support for those with dementia and strengthening the aged care workforce. They will be progressively implemented from 1 July 2012 to give early benefits to consumers and providers but also to ensure there is a smooth transition for consumers and providers and sufficient time to adapt and plan ahead of further reform.”

More Choice, Easier Access and Better Care for Older Australians [media release]  – 20 April 2012

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