Anglicare Australia has made the following submission to a draft model for the delivery of an integrated carers' support system.
Anglicare Australia argues that the design of a comprehensive integrated carers’ support system demonstrates a real investigation into the complexity of life for the many people in Australia who are voluntary, mostly family, carers.
As commentary in the draft model makes clear, the proposed new system needs to draw on the connections with the ongoing reforms in aged and disability care.
We are concerned that carers are not getting the support they need, and are at risk of losing more as the NDIS and further aged care reforms roll out. The shift to a customer or client focus in both aged and disability care has resulted in some carers finding it more difficult both to be a part of the planning for the person they care for and to access support and services for themselves.
We understand that the integrated support system is designed to address some of these issues and deliver a more holistic support. However the logistics of the aged care, health and disability systems generate a lot of complexity and difficulty, and are still evolving at a rapid rate. The proposed system needs to be carefully designed with that in mind.
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