HERE NOW – AAC’s FIRST ALLIED HEALTH PROVIDER to include a costed and realistic option to keep seeing Physio and OT after 1st October

NEW – A way to keep Physio and OT for nursing home residents after the 1st of October when the new funding model (AN-ACC) starts. A simple cost per a resident per a day option for nursing homes that meets compliance and expectations of the Department of Health and Quality standards (8 minutes per a resident per a day of allied health professionals not lifestyle or AHA).

 

NOTE – This has been updated post passing of the Aged Care reform bill on the 2nd August 2022. It has also been updated following discussion of this model including the user pays option below with The Australian Greens and which will be included in a submission to Senate by 12th August 2022 for a final report 30th August 2022.

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AAC Health group physio Otis demonstrating a softer way of doing boxing for older residents with a yoga bolster not a boxing bag!

 

We are the FIRST to our knowledge to have a solution to provide quality physiotherapy and OT for ALL residents in a nursing home after October 1st. AAC HEALTH GROUP’s menu of allied health services will give facilities and residents the choice of the Allied health service they want, and what they don’t, in a simple per a user per a day cost model. We genuinely want nursing homes and their residents not to miss out on allied health, and we want facilities and residents to be able to afford.

This is our solution to this dilemma that residents and homes are in right now. Want older residents to keep doing things like this?

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You can! Our menu of allied health services and its called “AAC’s Better Elder Care”. To find out more about, and how it can work for residents of the nursing home you work, live at or visit, contact us for a no obligation quote. Contact and ask about “AAC Better Elder Care” privatepractice@aachealthgroup.com.au or Phone 1300 574 462 to learn more.

We’ll update more on this product here as we have more and more homes come on and use this new service. Stay tuned!

 

AAC Health Group team supporting AAC Allied Aged Care and our nursing homes and residents now and post October 1st.

Are you a nursing home manager, decision maker, or someone just wanting to know how it came about that allied health isn’t separately funded after October 1st? Read on for more detailed information

(or maybe you just have trouble sleeping this might help 🙂

 

 

Allied health isn’t being funded after October 1st! What?

We’ve been at the forefront of helping the public awareness, warning and paying ourselves entirely for a campaign for nearly a year about the poetntial Death of Allied Health when the new funding model start now less than 2 months away on the 1st of October 2022. We’ve been saying all along that nursing homes won’t be able to afford to provide allied health even if they want to.  Allied Health are leaving anyway, tired of COVID, massages and able to make twice the money they do in aged care in community care, with a lot less stress.

We tried our best to fight this, our Stop the #DeathofAlliedHealth campaing  (www.alliedagedcare.com.au/doac ) was supported by high profile Australians Danny Green, Tracey Spicer, David Campese and Dr Joanna Nell, Josephine Moon and many more. We are grateful for the 20,000 people who signed our senate petition, which we presented in person on their behalf in Canberra to lodge by Senator Janet Rice of the Australian Greens.

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Senator Janet Rice Deputy Senate Leader Australian Greens with AAC Allied Aged Care CEO Alwyn Blayse March 29th Parliament House Canberra

We lodged submissions and appeared at public hearings on this issue at the Senate, and QLD government Health and Environment committee in November and December 2021. We weren’t alone. We were the first to make comment on this issue, but we were joined by professional associations like AHPA, SARRAH, OT Australia, Australian Physiotherapy Association, ACSA, LASA, QLD government and many more warning that very credibly in their opinion, the very existence of Allied Health for older residents was under serious threat without separate funding. This risk was echoed by the Australian Greens and Labor in the Senate response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality.

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From Australian Greens

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The Australian Greens even called for, in a dissenting report, that the ANACC be delayed because of concerns on allied health amongst other concerns and lack of detail.

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The department of health under both the Morrison government and now the Albanese government has steadfastly says this is not true though and allied health will continue in the ANACC. Their most recent position on the issue of allied health in the ANACC is here Allied health requirements for nursing homes under the AN-ACC was written May 2022 and updated 1st of July 2022.  On June 16th 2022 in public comments at the Future of Aged Care Summit Commissioner Janet Anderson confirmed that the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission would continue with unannounced spot accreditation visits of homes, that they wouldn’t punish providers unncessarily,  they would hold them to the Quality standards and Aged Care Act which include provisions for allied health as detailed on the DOH website above. She recommended to avoid complaints about access to allied health that she would recommend nursing homes discuss the transition with residents and allied health, and referred to this website. The following day, 17th June we heard Dr Nick Hartland from Department of Health confirm that his department and the new government are expecting nursing homes to spend around 4% of their ANACC budgets on allied health professionals (and specified NOT allied health assistants, diversional therapists). Specifically he was referred to the Mirus figures below of 1.58 minutes a resident per a day which he said he had not read, and did not know the current spend or minutes of allied health that occur in Australia, he was waiting on this information from nursing homes. Despite this he confirmed that he fully expected nursing home providers to spend AT LEAST 8 minutes a resident per a day of allied health professionals (again not AHA/DT/AO) in their next ACFR (aged care financial report). This ACFR template below requires homes to show how much spend and minutes they have provided of separate allied health professions (and separates AHA and DT/AO)

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So who is right? Department of Health or all the allied health professional associations and us?

Its hard to argue with these facts of allied health minutes per a resident per a day below. Its 13th July 2022 as we write this, only 79 days away. Where do you think Allied Health levels are headed? Do you agree with Department of Health who publicly stated on the 17th of June 2022 that he fully expected nursing homes to provide 8 minutes a resident per a day of allied health AT LEAST?

 

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Allied Health minutes in Australia in RACF from Royal Commission to July 2022. Source Stewart Brown, and also Mirus Reports April 2022 (see below)

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And here are Mirus minutes for June, released on 20th July 2022 that had 1.73 minutes only marginally up from 1.58 minutes in April. This was the same month DOH said they expected 8 minutes. Looks like more of the same doesnt it?

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Department of Health may be right though. Maybe if they expect 8 minutes a resident per a day, and their validators find levels like this above, they will sanction and punish homes and that will be enough. Maybe residents and their families being asked to pay for vital physio and OT will instead make complaints to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the link to do this is here by the way however please read carefully we are not stating you should do this, only that it is available if you feel is appropriate after reading the material here) https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/making-complaint/lodge-complaint

And many of the nursing homes we work at ARE continuing to fund allied health (although several aren’t, and are cutting lists, or attempting to cancel contracts/not pay invoices and take their chances in court which we will do if we have to).

But we are well aware that with the 1.58 minutes a resident per a day above, to get to the 8 minutes level and keep allied health jobs, nursing homes all over the country would need to immediately invest FIVE TIMES the current allied health levels. And this would require homes to be able to find physios and OTs. As mentioned, business advisors for us and other allied health are already telling us – there is a workforce shortage, why stay in aged care when you can get twice the money in community care?

However we NEVER want to give up on older people and those who look after them. We believe allied health is a human right even if the future looks bleak we will always focus on coming up with a solution. And we’ve got one.

To be clear this solution is only focused and available for the ETHICAL nursing homes. The ones who actually know that whatever advice they receive is, that physio and OT ARE REQUIRED for their residents. The ones who care what their nurses go through and want to keep them, and not give them more to do without allied health around as well, and somehow also meet the direct care requirements of the AN-ACC.

These are also homes that don’t want hospital admissions, falls, pressure injuries and residents in pain without allied health. They are the homes that want to provide allied health because they know, as do their residents and families that they need an allied health service beyond October, and even right now.

The management of these better homes are prepared to think outside the box, and look at HOW to fund allied health even if its not funded the way that the government is saying it will be to date.

SO if you’re an ethical and better nursing home, or a resident/family member who lives in one and thinks that the nursing home SHOULD still provide and pay for some allied health we have the solution after October 1st.

We have a UNIQUE AAC only model of nursing home services that will give facilities and residents choice of the Allied health service they want, in a simple per a user per a day cost model. We genuinely want nursing homes and their residents not to miss out on allied health, and we want facilities and residents to be able to afford.

This is our solution to this dilemma that residents and homes are in right now. Want older residents to keep doing things like this?

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You can! Our unique and first in the industry menu of allied health services  has now started. Its called “AAC’s Better Elder Care”.

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To find out more about, and how it can work for residents of the nursing home you work, live at or visit, contact us for a no obligation quote. Contact and ask about “AAC Better Elder Care” privatepractice@aachealthgroup.com.au or Phone 1300 574 462 to learn more.

We’ll update more on this product here as we have more and more homes come on and use this new service. Stay tuned!

 

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