Consumers to benefit from roll back of ACFI cuts

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Media Release

06 December 2016

Consumers to benefit from roll back of ACFI cuts

Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC has welcomed Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt’s, announcement to roll back the significant adjustments to the Complex Health Care (CHC) domain of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

Mr Wyatt instead announced a one year freeze on indexation of ACFI followed by a 50% freeze on indexation of the CHC domain into a second year.

“We applaud the Minister for recognising and acting on the unintended outcomes these cuts would have had on people living with dementia, who are some of the most vulnerable residents in our aged care facilities,” Professor Samuel said.

“More than half of all people in permanent residential aged care have a diagnosis of dementia.1 The original changes and adjustments to the CHC domain would undoubtedly have had a disproportionate impact on people living with dementia, who often require complex pain management as well as physiotherapy supports.

“The move to freeze indexation on the ACFI instead of adjusting the CHC domain will better distribute the impact of ACFI changes across the board. However, while an indexation pause is more preferable to the alternative, it will not address the underlying cause in the dramatic growth of ACFI funding.

Professor Samuel said ACFI remained a flawed funding tool and needed to be overhauled to ensure quality outcomes for consumers and that the current model was a reactive approach responding more to a clinical need for intervention than ongoing quality of life.

“We still need to have a broader conversation that explores options for a new funding tool in residential care, and we need to look at what it is that we are trying to build,” Professor Samuel said.

“For people living with dementia, their families and carers, quality involves ensuring the environment is as home-like as possible, and that there is a flexible approach to providing the best possible care for each individual resident.

“We look forward to working with the Government to improve standards of care into the future.”

Read the Assistant Minister’s release here.

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Residential aged care in Australia 2010-11: A statistical overview. Cat. no. AGE 68. Canberra

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Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.

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(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
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