Strong Support and Optimism for the New Aged Care Act: Survey Insights

A recent Australian government survey paints a positive picture of public sentiment towards the proposed Aged Care Act. The survey, encompassing responses from a diverse group including providers, workers, advocacy groups, and even older adults with their families, revealed nearly two-thirds (61%) believe the Act will significantly improve the aged care system.

Key Takeaways:

  • Clarity and Alignment: Over 70% of respondents found the Act’s legislative components clear and easy to understand. Additionally, 68% agreed the definition of “high-quality care” aligns with their expectations.
  • Empowering Choice and Transparency: An overwhelming majority (84%) support the Act’s focus on ensuring support workers prioritize the preferences of older individuals receiving care. Furthermore, nearly all respondents (95%) believe the public should have access to information on healthcare workers’ qualifications and background checks.
A support worker doing aged care

Areas for Further Discussion:

While optimism prevails, some aspects of the Act require further clarification. Only 45% of respondents expressed confidence that the new definition of “care” will motivate providers to enhance service delivery. Similarly, just 32% believe the proposed subsidy framework adequately addresses the challenges of managing care costs. The Department of Health and Aged Care is committed to refining the Act based on this feedback before presenting it to parliament.

You can read more about whole report here.

From 1 July 2024, the residential aged care system will change to give older people more control to select an aged care home of their choice. aged care homes will start operating in a more competitive market and will need to respond to community expectations to attract people. You can also read more about the changes here.

Swan Iris Healthcare: Your Partner in Building a Better Aged Care System

At Swan Iris Healthcare, we share the optimism surrounding the Aged Care Act and are dedicated to supporting providers in navigating these positive changes. We offer a comprehensive solution through expertly recruited and qualified healthcare professionals. This allows you to focus on delivering exceptional care, while we handle critical aspects like compliance and payroll.

How We Support Providers and Participants:

  • Providers: Streamline your operations with our expert recruitment services, allowing you to focus on what matters most – caring for your residents.
  • Participants: We empower you by ensuring access to a pool of qualified and compassionate support workers who best suit your needs and preferences.

Join us in creating a future where exceptional care is the norm for all older Australians. Contact Swan Iris Healthcare today to discuss how we can help you navigate the evolving aged care landscape and achieve excellence in resident care.

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