Federal Government announces Severe Behaviour Response Teams
4 February 2015

Federal Government announces Severe Behaviour Response Teams

Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills, today welcomed the Government’s announcement of dementia-related support for aged care residents as a step forward.

“Since the cessation of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, there has been a serious lack of support for dementia-related funding in aged care,” Ms Hills said.

“Today’s announcement represents a step forward in terms of providing support for those living with dementia however I would echo many of my colleagues’ comments in saying this did not necessarily solve all issues.

“Minister Fifield has committed to maintaining original funding levels but addressing this issue in the long term will require greater consultation.”

Ms Hills said the aged and community care sector must now consider this proposal in detail and work constructively with government, peak bodies and the wider community.

“A key component of the success or failure of this proposal going forward will be the Government’s willingness to engage, consult and address issues which arise over time.

“At present, there is a willingness from Government, the department and industry to work together which is pivotal to ongoing reform in aged and community care.”

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