Benetas submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health (2014)

19 Sep 2014

Benetas is a provider of aged care services. Benetas  operates as one of the largest not-for-profit aged care providers in Victoria, employing over 1,400 staff and 400 volunteers  to support over 4,000 older people, and their carers and families, to live fulfilling lives through our aged care homes and community services across metropolitan and regional Victoria.  Benetas offers a range of aged care services including residential care via 13 residential aged care facilities, in-home care, respite care and housing services. Benetas also provides specialised care and expertise in dementia, palliative and culturally appropriate care for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Benetas has an active advocacy and research agenda, and has a focus on translational research that can be used to improve aged care services and models of care. Findings are shared with the industry and government at all levels to help inform policy directions and aims to ultimately improve the ageing experience of all older Australians and their families.

This submission by Benetas addresses the following terms of reference:

b. the impact of additional costs on access to affordable healthcare and the sustainability of Medicare;

d. the interaction between elements of the health system, including between aged care and health care;

f. the better integration and coordination of Medicare services, including access to general practice, specialist medical practitioners, pharmaceuticals, optometry, diagnostic, dental and allied health services;

g. health workforce planning.

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