Attention – All Non NDIS Participants – there is something in it for you!

Mar 17 , 2022

Julie-Anne Dietz

Attention – All Non NDIS Participants – there is something in it for you!

$35 million investment to reduce the number of younger people in residential aged care
Media release from the Minister: 22 December 2021
5 - 7 minute read

 

If you are looking for a Support planner look here; 80 YPIRAC Planners who work with NDIS participants - Google Search . I urge all our families of Non-NDIS Participants to seek support, there is now funding for it.

Many of us have heard or seen the Radio and TV Advertisements for the Disabilities Royal Commission. I urge all carers and advocates to offer your input if you have something useful to offer. The more involved will all are the better the understanding of the major factors at play in our sector.

I am thankful there is a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. I think the government should be commended for elevating the status of priority for this topic. As with any commission of this scale, I reserve my assessment of its impacts until we understand the outcomes and the actions of correction that are actually implemented.

Just prior to Christmas it was announced that the Australian Government is investing an additional $35 million to continue delivering on its commitment to reduce the number of younger people entering, and living in, residential aged care. Again, I commend the Government for recognising this issue and taking this move.

“The aged care system was designed to best support the needs of senior Australians, not younger people,” Minister Colbeck said.

Interestingly $16 million of this funding has been ear marked to engage with younger people who are not NDIS participants. This is on top of $10.1 million announced last budget to help younger people find appropriate accommodation and supports.

This funding also includes around $18.9 million for additional National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff to help younger NDIS participants, their families, carers and support coordinators to explore reasonable and necessary supports to meet their home and living goals. This complements the NDIA’s existing 80 YPIRAC Planners who work with NDIS participants to ensure their plans reflect their housing goals as well as all other supports.

“We want younger people to have the care and support they need to live life on their terms and although there is more work to be done, we are making positive progress,” Minister Colbeck said.

Minister Reynolds said the initiatives will help the Government meet its targets to have no younger people under the age of 45 living in residential aged care by 2022, and under the age of 65 by 2025 (other than in exceptional circumstances).

he 2020/21 YPIRAC annual report , released today, shows from 30 June 2020 to 30 June 2021 there was a:

  • 43 per cent reduction in the number of younger people entering residential aged care (712) compared to the previous 12 months (1,250)
  • 23 per cent reduction in the number of people under the age of 45 living in residential aged care from 130 to 100.  
  • 20 per cent reduction in people under the age of 65 living in residential aged care from 4,858 to 3,899.

Read More Link - This is the link to the media release.