CHSP sector gathers in Adelaide to discuss Royal Commission Final Report

ACSA Sector Support and Development recently hosted a state-wide CHSP symposium at Morphettville Racecourse (SA) to discuss the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report.

07 Apr 2021

This successful event was attended by 100 delegates from a broad range of CHSP services covering multiple city and regional councils, multicultural services, NFP service providers, and Local Health Networks.

Derek Dittrich, ACSA Senior Manager, Strategic Policy delivered the keynote presentation on the Final Report’s CHSP and home care related recommendations, and their potential implications for the sector should they be adopted by Government.

Following this presentation, a workshop was facilitated whereby delegates raised for discussion key areas of interest and concern that came out of the Report’s recommendations, covering:

  • Workforce challenges into the future, including recruitment and retention, casualisation of the workforce, skills and qualifications;

  • The role of volunteers in a reformed aged care;

  • Clearing of the Home Care prioritisation queue, including the challenge of workforce;

  • Meeting diversity;

  • Funding in a reformed aged care, including the anticipated mix of block, activity and grant-based funding, and the role of independent pricing;

  • Independent assessors and care finders, and their role in supporting people entering aged care;

  • Role of allied health in the future;

  • The role of consumer contributions in the future;

  • Structural reform, including development of a human rights-based Aged Care Act, with the consumer at the centre;

  • The interface of aged care and NDIS; and

  • The challenges of regional, rural and remote service providers.

Many delegates agreed it would be appropriate to get together once again following the release of the Australian Government May Budget, and their report to Parliament at the end of May responding to the Final Report’s 148 recommendations.

ACSA is hosting a national webinar presentation on 22 April for members on this subject titled Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety – Final Report: Care, Dignity and Respect. Where to from here for CHSP Providers?

This webinar will focus on the key findings from the Royal Commission, along with the implications and challenges this will bring for CHSP providers. 

Presented by Derek Dittrich, ACSA’s Senior Manager Strategic Policy, this webinar will provide attendees with insights into:

  • How the Royal Commission’s key findings might affect their current service model.

  • Considerations of their current business model and skills sets and potential changes for their organisation.

  • How the findings might impact on their current and future workforce

  • Considerations about navigating important structural changes.

We would encourage all Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) providers – managers, team leaders, coordinators, and governing board members – to register for this free event.


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