Thursday, 11 March 2010 15:17

Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

The submission provides a review of the issues that have been identified by the Uniting Care network throughout Australia. It provides an analysis and recommendations that address the terms of reference which broadly fall into the following categories:
• Matching funding to care needs;
• Funding outcomes for providers;
• Documentation and administrative arrangements;
• Design issues, including the role of health professionals; and
• Interface with other elements of aged care.


Within the submission each term of reference has been articulated with Uniting Care’s experiences with ACFI and the impact the instrument has had on services to residents. Recommendations are provided based on evidence that has been collected from the time ACFI was first introduced in March, 2008.

At the outset Uniting Care wishes to acknowledge the many positive aspects of the introduction of ACFI. These positive developments include:
• A strong requirement for, and focus on, rigorous assessment of care needs
• The potential for an eventual reduction in paperwork load for care staff
• Appropriate recognition of, and focus on, depression in the older person
• A strong approach and tools in areas such as continence management
• The generally supportive role played by many ACFI validators.

Additional Info

  • Submitted to: Department of Health and Ageing
  • Regarding: Aged care funding
  • Date Submitted: Thursday, 11 March 2010
  • Contact Name: UnitingCare Australia
  • Contact Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Contact Phone: 02 6249 6717
  • Policy area(s): Aged care