Community and primary health – Policy

Too many young people are ending up in residential aged care because community health services are inaccessible to them or because there are insufficient community-based rehabilitation services.

Solution 1: Governments need to invest in community-based rehabilitation services

Young people with disability need access to rehabilitation services to maintain and improve their independence and avoid aged care. A nationally consistent approach needs to be funded where rehabilitation is provided in the community, with governments to determine the cost sharing between the NDIS and state health systems.

Solution 2: Governments need to invest in plugging the gaps in clinical supports

We welcome the funding of disability related clinical care needs in NDIS plans. A subset of young people in aged care have complex medical care needs, requiring nursing and other clinical support to live in the community. Access to these services is very limited and this lack of clinical care forces younger people into aged care, which is the only environment where this clinical support can be accessed.