26 September 2023

Busy Health postpones projects

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The Department of Health has announced the postponement of its Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) assessment trials and the implementation of its home care payment alignment program.

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck said the Department’s resources were now focussed on keeping seniors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Several long-term measures will be put on hold for at least six months,” Senator Colbeck said.

He said the $4.6 million AN-ACC trial would not be rolled out at any new sites until further notice.

“So far, the trial has provided valuable information and insights into the AN-ACC assessment process and I know many facilities are still eager to participate when it recommences at a later date,” he said.

He said the 2020 Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) which was initially due to open in March would now be shelved until at least the end of the year.

“The Government will work with aged care peak bodies and other key stakeholders to determine the precise timing of the next round,” Senator Colbeck said.

“By delaying the 2020 ACAR, providers can concentrate their efforts on helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 instead of filling in application forms.”

He said support for seniors remained a priority.

“Making sure aged care providers can continue to provide safe, quality care for residents is our combined goal.

“The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases with age so we want to make sure senior Australians are not at increased risk by exposure to non-essential visitors, including assessors,” the Minister said.

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