Tuesday, 17 May 2022
    Aged Care

    Rights based model trial proposed

    Tasmania could be used as a trial location for a new rights-based aged care system under a proposal from the Grattan Institute, The Examiner reports.

    The proposal would see Tasmania, and South Australia, used as trial locations for a complete revamp of the aged care sector.

    A new system which focuses on providing personalised care plans to aged care residents would take the place of the existing one size fits all model.

    He said there was a need to revamp systems to reduce waiting lists and put the rights of people first.

    “The current Aged Care Act is basically about controlling spending. As a result of the style of the aged care act it means there is a whole lot of people on waiting lists for home care,” Mr Duckett said.

    “The whole style of operation needs to change to be much more based on the needs of the older Australian, to be much more orientated to what their aspirations are in terms of being independent and so on.

    “What we are saying, as part of the transformation, is we need to work with the older Australia to set up a personal care plan and fund services on the basis of that individual care plan.”

    As of June this year more than 155,000 Australians had accessed home care packages. Under the system people are assigned home care package one, two, three or four based on their needs.

    Council of the Ageing Tasmania chief executive officer Sue Leitch agreed there was a need to shift to a rights-first model of care.

    She said while COTA didn’t agree with everything proposed by the Grattan Institute, it did agree with Tasmania being a good location to run any potential trial.


    The Grattan Institute want to trial a rights based aged care model in Tasmania (Examiner)

    Grattan Institute