Aged Care Update 15 May

OTA provided a submission to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission in response to the draft guidelines for the Revised Aged Care Quality Standards. We also wrote to the Support at Home Implementation team within the Department of Health and Aged Care regarding its work in developing the assistive technology and home modifications pathway for the future Support at Home Program. In our submission we reiterated our interest in supporting and informing the design and planning of this work.

OTA attended a meeting with the Quality Indicators Section of the Choice and Transparency Branch of the Department of Health and Aged Care to discuss the definition of allied health for both quarterly financial reporting and for costing work conducted by the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA).  Representatives from AHPA and the Speech Pathology Association were also in attendance. Discussions centred around the need to support accurate data collection on the allied health workforce utilisation by aged care providers and actions were identified to help both providers and allied health professionals contracted in by providers to support improved data quality.

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