Release of the Tune Report
The Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017, led by Mr David Tune AO PSM and known as the ‘Tune Report’, was tabled in Parliament on 14 September. The Report reviewed the package of Living Longer, Living Better reforms and other changes to aged care introduced from 2013, and made recommendations for further improvements.
Most importantly, the Report recommends that the Government review respite arrangements, how best to make sure that there is enough respite and that access is equitable for carers of older people. While Carers Australia supports the recommendation, we will soon release research showing how difficult it is for carers to find respite care. We will advocate for more respite to be made available, with more choices for carers and people with care needs.
Other recommendations supported by Carers Australia include:
- strengthening the aged care workforce through education, training and a workforce strategy
- changes to home care packages, including a new level 5 package, to help people stay in their homes for longer
- integration of the Regional Assessment Service and Aged Care Assessment Team into a single, independent process
- improvements to the My Aged Care website, including search functionality, introduction of a system navigator and a national awareness raising campaign
- introducing standard fees for using the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
- measures to improve access to aged care for Indigenous and CALD Australians.