Review of Community Visitors Scheme

The final report of the review into the Australian Government’s Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) was released today by the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt.

 

“The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services with the CVS providing support to people receiving home care packages or in residential facilities that may experience social isolation,” Minister Wyatt said.

 

“The current reforms to Australia’s aged care system means we have an opportunity to look at how people access and receive a range of aged care services.

 

“The review of the Community Visitors Scheme explored how the scheme can continue to provide support to consumers and how this support aligns with aged care reforms,” Minister Wyatt said.

 

The final report presents a range of options to enhance the Community Visitor Scheme and align it with other aged care support programs within the context of current aged care reforms.

 

A 12 month extension of funding will be offered to providers to allow consideration of the options.

 

The final report for the review can be seen at the Department of Health’s website, https://agedcare.health.gov.au/older-people-their-families-and-carers/community-visitors-scheme.

 

15 May 2017.