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Home care funding approach fails to meet demand

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National Seniors Australia said today the federal government’s latest home care data report showed the current ‘drip feed’ funding approach was failing to reduce the overall waiting list.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said National Seniors acknowledged the government’s additional funding commitments over recent months, but the overall home care waiting list had grown from almost 127,000 to almost 128,000 in the December quarter.

This was 24,000 higher than the total 104,000 at the end of 2017.

While the number of people with level 3 and 4 (high needs) packages grew by almost 4,500 over the December 2018 quarter, 88,772 people with high care needs were still waiting.

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Source:
Ian Henschke, 2019, National Seniors (https://nationalseniors.com.au/)

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