Living Longer Living Better
The Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 was introduced to Australian Federal Parliament on 13 March 2013 as a part of the 10 year Government plan “Living Longer Living Better” for aged care reform.
The bill represents a 10 year commitment from the Government aimed at improving Australia’s aged care system. The initial Living Longer Living Better reform was announced around 12 months ago. Introduced in the Bill are a variety of changes which will hugely alter the Australian aged care system from 1 July 2013 onwards. So what does this mean for the industry?
The Future of Australian Aged Care
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Living Longer Living Better proposed changes:
The Bill includes changes to funding. As people are living longer and the nation requires an unprecedented amount of aged carers, the goal is to address the financial burden and create a more manageable cost structure. To combat this there will be ‘means’ testing introduced and removal of the distinction between low care and high care recipients.
From 1 July 2013:
The Community Aged Care Packages, under the Government community care program will be replaced by a new home care scheme. This will include specialised flexible home care packages like:
- The Extended Aged Care at Home
- The Extended Aged Care at Home – Dementia
Additionally, the current community visitor scheme will extend to these new home care schemes.
From 1 July 2014:
For people entering residential aged care or community care from 1 July 2014, there will be changes to the care fees and subsidy arrangements. Changes include funding to care accommodation to incorporate lump sum, periodic, or a combination of these to ease financial strain.
Additionally, for care recipients using Centrelink, there will be an introduction to means testing through income and assets assessment. There will be a removal of the distinction between low level and high level residential care. The Bill also states that care recipients under the current arrangement will continue, unless the recipient:
- Leaves the care facility for 28 days,
- Moves to another facility, or
- Elects to be subject to the new arrangements on or after 1 July 2014.
Demand for Aged Care Course Training
As you probably already know, Australia has a huge demand for aged care workers. There is set to be more than 3.6 million people expected to need health care within the aged care system.
Currently, the oldest baby boomer is 66 years, and there are around 4.5 million baby boomers about to occupy a space that only 2.5 million of the previous generation represent. Additionally, for everyone that is 60 years today, the life expectancy is 92, so there is a huge shift in not only volume of the aging population, but length of care this population requires.
Did You Know? By 2050, there will be an extra 500,000 aged care employees needed with 1 in every 20 Australians working in Aged care?!
Future of Aged Care
The future of aged care is focused heavily around dementia training and research. Recent studies have shown that the condition is expected to affect almost 1 million Australians by 2050. Both employers and employees are required to be trained in dementia care, one of the fundamental course units.
Aged Care Courses and Dementia Training:
The Cert III Aged Care Course focuses on dementia training through the unit CHCAC319A – Provide Support To People Living With Dementia. Within this unit, students will gain the knowledge and skills required to provide support to clients with dementia in a variety of settings, including family homes, community day settings and residential care.
Careers for Aged Care Courses Students
So, thinking of studying an aged care (or related) course but not sure where it can take you? There are a variety of aged, disability and home and community care courses to suit your career goals and aspirations.
The Certificate III in Aged Care allows you to become a:
- Community Support Worker
- Field Officer
- Nursing Assistant
- Care Worker
- Disability Service Officer.
With the Certificate III in Disability Work, you can gain employment as a:
- Disability Support Worker
- Community Care Worker
- Care Assistant
- Disability Service Worker
- Personal Care Giver
- Home Care Assistant.
The Certificate III in Home and Community Care allows you to work as a:
- Home Care Worker
- Personal Care Assistant
- Community Support Worker
- Residential Care Worker
- Nursing Assistant
- Disability Service officer.
Become an integral part of some of Australia’s most precious individual’s lives with a care training course and gain the valuable knowledge to care for our elderly community.
Topics: Aged Care Courses, Disability Courses, Home and Community Care Courses, Certificate III in Aged Care, Aged Care
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