2019-20 Financial Year
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety inquired into the quality of aged care services provided to Australians, whether the services meet the needs of older Australians, the extent of substandard care, mistreatment, abuse, systematic failures present in the aged care system and actions to be taken in response.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety called for submissions related to the aged care workforce to inform its final report. The Commission inquired into education and training of the workforce, workforce planning, staffing numbers and mix, conditions of employment and the role of the government.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) consulted with stakeholders on the best ways to improve the methods that inform how NDIS prices are set. Factors reviewed include, but are not limited to, existing price controls held by states and territories, cost of health services and geographical location of participants.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) sought feedback on its newly developed standards for general practice in residential aged care to support and enhance the delivery of quality and safe general practitioner care in residential aged care facilities.
National Consultation on the draft Severe (3rd and 4th degree) perineal tears clinical care standard
The clinical care standard was developed to improve national consistency in best practice care for the prevention, identification and management of third and fourth degree perineal tears. The guidelines apply to care for women planning a vaginal delivery and women who experience a severe perineal tear and involves care provided from prenatal to postoperative and antenatal care.
The review aimed to assess the state of nursing education in Australia and provide independent advice on the effectiveness of current preparation to meet health consumer needs, factors affecting the choice of nursing as an occupation, transition to practice programs and competitiveness and attractiveness of Australian nursing qualifications in the international context.
2020-21 Financial Year
The Pregnancy Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women. They are intended for all health professionals who contribute to antenatal care including midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners, nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and allied health professionals.
Skills IQ sought input into what a personal care worker in aged care should be from the perspective of the consumer. Terms of reference included the breadth of consumer needs, the range and complexity of skills required to meet those needs and the extent to which these needs can be met by a personal care worker compared with a multi-disciplinary team.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services sought feedback on the development of an overarching framework for disability reform and the new National Disability Strategy 2020-30 to improve the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services consulted on how to better measure and report outcomes for people with disability as part of the National Disability Strategy and NDIS through a joint framework. The aim will be to use these measures and indicators to monitor and improve outcomes for people with disability.
Skills IQ consultation on Individual Support, Ageing and Disability Support Training Package products
Skills IQ conducted a consultation review to update existing Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses on Individual Support, Ageing and Disability to ensure workers have relevant skills and knowledge to meet consumer needs.
The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) held an inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) proposal of independent assessments as part of the NDIS access and planning processes in 2021. These assessments would assess an individual’s functional capacity which would be used to inform decisions about eligibility and funding within the NDIS.
Skills IQ undertook the task of updating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Package Qualifications to align and improve the skills for health workers working for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services sought comment on a proposed ten year National Disability Employment Strategy to address disadvantage experienced by people with disability related to employment with the aim of increasing employment rates and economic inclusion for people with disability.