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Catholic Health welcomes cut to aged care paperwork

Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan has welcomed Ageing Minister Julie Bishop's announcement that nursing home staff will spend less time attending to bureaucratic requirements and more time caring for residents.

"This issue has led many dedicated nursing and attendant care staff to despair that they cannot spend more time with residents," he said. "It was high time the Government moved to simplify the administration of their program and freed up more resources to be used on the main game, that is resident care."

But Mr Sullivan said it is also crucial that the Government also recognise that the number one issue facing residential aged care providers is the erosion in funding for care.

"This has been an on-going source of tension and disillusionment for many in the sector and threatens the quality of care of vulnerable people," he said. "The Government put in place a pricing review to buy the political space to address this problem. The proof of its commitment to the care of residents will be in a substantial increase in funding based on the real costs of care for the elderly."

Paperwork Cut Welcomed But Guarantees Needed (Catholic Health Australia)

Gap payments on way back under hospital chain's new owners (Sydney Morning Herald)
Paperwork slashed in aged care homes (Julie Bishop MP Media Release)
Catholic Health Australia

22 Oct 2003