Resource Utilisation Classification Study/Australian National Aged Care Classification Response

May 2019

This document responds to the Australian Department of Health consultation paper on the development of a new residential aged care funding model.

The outcomes of the Resource Utilisation Classification Study (RUCS) and Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) present a real opportunity to begin addressing some of the key funding issues behind poorer outcomes for people living in residential aged care.

AHPA and its members are hopeful that this will provide a means to address the low levels of access to allied health services many older people experience, and provide a more fit-for-purpose funding model for Australia’s aged care sector.

AHPA’s response highlights the crucial work of the allied health workforce in aged care and provides practical feedback on several recommendations with particular relevance to allied health service delivery in residential aged care homes.