Council explores options to respond to Commonwealth aged care reforms

Published on 15 March 2019

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is continuing its efforts to respond to Commonwealth Government reforms of the aged care sector.

The proposed reforms mean it may not be possible for Council to continue to deliver some aged and disability services to residents in the current manner beyond June 2020.

In 2020, the Commonwealth Government is proposing to introduce an open market aged care system where there will be a range of providers available and clients will be able to choose who they receive their services from.

At its meeting on Tuesday 12 March, Council resolved to proceed with a request for proposal (RFP) process and community engagement exercise to explore all options available to deliver certain Aged and Disability services to Peninsula residents.

The Shire is committed to ensuring continuity of care for clients as these national changes are introduced. Services will continue as normal during this period and we will keep clients and community informed throughout the process.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the Shire is “acting early to ensure Council has time to consider all options for the best way to transition if the new aged care system the Commonwealth Government is considering goes ahead.

“The next phase will place Council and our community in the best position to consider suitable operating models in the lead up to the open market aged care system currently intended to be introduced by the Commonwealth Government in July 2020”.

Councillor Gill reinforced that during the process there is to be no change to current Council service delivery.

“Council has not resolved at this stage to progress or pursue anything further than to undertake an RFP and community engagement process and is not obligated to proceed with appointing a new service provider at the conclusion of the RFP process”.

The following services are included in the RFP:

  • Domestic Assistance
  • Personal Care
  • Respite Care
  • Social Support – Individual (Shopping Assistance)

The following services are not included in the RFP:

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Assessment
  • Home maintenance
  • Community Transport
  • Seniors Clubs
  • Positive Ageing

Councillor Gill said, “client continuity of care is of utmost importance throughout this process and all decision making will be driven by the needs and wellbeing of our residents”.

The Shire is seeking input from clients and community members about the role the Shire should play in supporting older residents in light of the changes the Commonwealth aged care reforms will bring about.

Community meetings will be held as follows:

MORNINGTON
Monday 8 April
4.30 - 6.30pm
Council Chambers
Shire Office Mornington
2 Queen Street

ROSEBUD
Tuesday 9 April
11.00am – 1.00pm
Rosebud Memorial Hall
997 Point Nepean Road

HASTINGS
Thursday 11 April
3 – 5pm
Hastings Community Hub
1973 Frankston Flinders Road

For more information, if you have any questions or if you want to provide your views through the community engagement process: