Policy Submission: Caring for Older Australians
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JFA Purple Orange made this submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Caring for Older Australians. The submission includes commentary on specific matters identified in the Inquiry into Aged Care Terms of Reference.
Recommendation 1 - Ensure public policy, planning and commissioning of supports uphold the place of older people as valued citizens at the core of our communities
The Julia Farr Association recommends that public policy, planning and commissioning of supports uphold the place of older Australians and people ageing with disability as valued citizens at the core of our communities. We refer the Productivity Commission to the Julia Farr Association 2010 publication ‘Model of Citizenhood Support’ which sets out a framework for support that will lead people to citizenhood.
Recommendation 2 - Establish new common funding mechanisms for commissioning personal supports
The Julia Farr Association recommends that separate funding mechanisms for people living with disability and older people be replaced by a common funding mechanism that assures practical support to all Australians with significant personal support needs.
Recommendation 3 - Introduce Individualised (Self-Directed) Funding
The Julia Farr Association recommends that best practice Individualised Funding methodology be introduced widely as the dominant paradigm for the practical commissioning of supports for older people.
Recommendation 4 - Establish Person-Centred Planning arrangements
The Julia Farr Association recommends that authentic, person-centred planning and support methodologies be widely introduced as the dominant paradigm for developing supports for older Australians.