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Reform to reality for Regional Assessment Services

22 Dec 2015 posted by:
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On 19 November 2015 our Business Manager, Dave Haynes, presented on ‘reform to reality’ at the Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) state conference. Although there have been significant challenges over the past six months regarding the implementation of My Aged Care including the National Contact Centre and Regional Assessment Services (RAS) nationally, there have been significant achievements and we are confident that as each day and week passes, the gap between the desired reform and the reality of what is actually happening is closing.

Care Assess is the leading RAS across Tasmania. We fundamentally believe in the reform agenda recommended by the Productivity Commission in its Caring for Older Australian’s report and the subsequent reforms that were initiated by the Labor government and now continued by the Liberal government. We believe that these reforms (including the recent changes to My Aged Care) can deliver improved wellbeing for older people, particularly though:

  • improved access to information;
  • consistency of service access; and
  • a system wide approach to wellness and reablement.

As one of our highest priorities, Care Assess’ RAS wellness assessors are focusing upon providing reablement assessment and supports, including referral into restorative care services where appropriate, for all clients who can and should benefit from this.

We are very keen to continue working closely with service providers and encourage organisations to contact us directly regarding any referrals and assessments you have questions about. You can email rasintake@careassess.com.au or just pick up the phone!

The gap between reform and reality is is closing. We are committed to continually improving aspects of the system over which we have control or the capacity to influence. We all, as broader stakeholders within the Aged Care System, have a responsibility to continue identifying, raising and raising again, the areas for improvement in the new system and striving to be agents of change ourselves.

We are three and a half years into a 10 year reform agenda and it will shortly be 12 months until February 2017, the next major step in our reform journey. It’s important that we all work together to ensure that the strategic vision of the My Aged Care gateway programme is realized so that the planned reforms of the coming years have every chance of success.

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