Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 3: Capital Measures (Continued)

Health and Ageing

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — one‑stop shops

Capital ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Health and Ageing - 20.0 - - -
Department of Health and Ageing - 3.2 2.5 5.3 5.4
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total - 3.3 2.6 5.4 5.5

The Government will provide $36.8 million over four years (including $20.0 million in capital in 2010‑11) to enable older Australians and their families to more easily access information and assessment for aged care services, through establishing one‑stop shops across the country.

The Government will fund a national, integrated aged care system offering information and assessment through telephone and web‑based technology, which will assist older Australians to access services in the place that best suits their care needs. This measure will also enable older Australians to be linked to assessment services, including through the one‑stop shops purchasing more complex aged care assessment services. This will enable one‑stop shops to better refer older people to appropriate assessment and care services.

As a part of this measure, the Department of Finance and Deregulation will receive $0.4 million over four years to fund a Gateway Review of the project. The Government's Gateway Review process provides quality assurance so that the intended outcomes for major government projects will be achieved.

This measure forms part of the Government's National Health and Hospitals Network package.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia's Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing of 12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — reform of roles and responsibilities — Home and Community Care and related programs

Capital ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Health and Ageing - 12.0 - 13.8 -
Department of Health and Ageing - 7.0 5.4 - -

The Government will provide $38.3 million over four years to facilitate the Government taking full funding and policy responsibility from July 2011 for meeting the care needs of people aged 65 and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) in the Home and Community Care program. Victoria has chosen not to participate in this arrangement.

This funding will support the development and implementation of national IT systems, to consolidate and manage contracts and to remove inequalities and inconsistencies across the States in aged care fee structures.

This nationally consistent aged care system will cover the full spectrum of services from basic home care through to high‑level residential care.

See also the related expense measure titled National Health and Hospitals Network — rebalancing financial responsibility in the federation.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia's Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health, and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

National Medical Stockpile — replenishment

Capital ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Health and Ageing - 37.3 - - -
Department of Health and Ageing - 0.9 - - -

The Government will provide $38.2 million in 2010‑11 to replenish the National Medical Stockpile, including $0.9 million to safely dispose of expired stock. The items to be replenished include stock expiring in 2009‑10 and 2010‑11, and antivirals purchased and stock deployed as part of the response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. The replenishment of the National Medical Stockpile is based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

The National Medical Stockpile is a national strategic reserve of medicines and medical equipment for health emergencies, including naturally occurring disease, bioterrorism and communicable disease outbreaks.

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