LASA CEO Sean Rooney says while he acknowledges today’s release of the Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) report by Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt, a broader conversation around funding is needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector.
“While this report adds to the dialogue around the allocation of subsidies for residential aged care in the short term, it does not deal with the broader issues regarding system resourcing identified by David Tune in his recent review of the Living Longer Living Better Reforms,” Mr Rooney said.
Mr Rooney said the ACFI review released today provides recommendations focusing on:
- Adapting the ACFI tool to be suitable for an external model;
- Reducing subjectivity in relevant needs assessment questions; and
- Bringing the ACFI tool in line with contemporary care practices.
“LASA will review the report in detail with its Members and consider how any suggested changes to the ACFI might impact residents and providers.”
Beyond this, Mr Rooney reflected on David Tune’s recent findings that projected demand for aged care will need additional investment by government, beyond what is currently planned.
“David Tune identified planning for growth as one the main challenges of aged care policy because, in his view, the current planning mechanisms will not deliver sufficient services in the long term,” Mr Rooney said.
“He further identified the issue of how costs could be shared between governments and consumers as a key consideration.”
Mr Rooney said LASA recognises the critical importance of the aged care reform agenda to ensure accessible, affordable, quality care and services are available now and into the future.
“We believe that all potential resourcing solutions should be on the table to inform a mature and open national conversation,” Mr Rooney said.
“To this end, LASA looks forward to engaging with government and the community to progress this conversation of national importance.”