A significant change in Child Care in recent times has been introduction of The National Quality Framework (NQF). The NQF aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services. Requirements such as qualification, educator-to-child ratios and other key staffing arrangements are being phased in between 2012 and 2020.
These changes and the new accreditation regime highlight the increasing need in the sector for efficient and robust quality reporting systems and tools such as incident reporting and management, staff credentialing and effective on boarding and induction programs.
Ansvar Australia as a specialist insurer and risk manager in this sector is able to support our customers through the provision of contemporary tools and resources to assist the transition to the new child care quality regime.
Based on the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report ‘Caring for Older Australians, The number of Australians aged 85 and over is projected to increase from 0.4 million in 2010 to 1.8 million (5.1 per cent of the population) by 2050. By 2050, it is expected that over 3.5 million older Australians will access aged care services each year, with around 80 per cent of services delivered in the community.
There are many complex challenges for aged care providers, changing funding models, transition to consumer directed care and an aged care workforce that will need to expand at a time of ‘age induced’ tightening of the overall labour market. These changes reflect the complex and fast moving risk context that our aged care customers are operating. Ansvar Australia assists our customers to manage risk by providing a range of Aged Care tool and resources.
In 2011, a Productivity Commission Report on long-term care and support for people with disability found that the then current disability support system was ‘underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient. It gave people with a disability little choice, no certainty of access to appropriate supports and little scope to participate in the community’.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now in its 4th year of staged roll out and it is changing the way services for people living with a disability are funded, designed and delivered. This includes the consumer directed model that provides choice and self-determination for people living with a disability. The scheme has transformed the lives for the better for many of the current participants, but the sector needs to overcome many complex challenges.
At Ansvar, we are continually adapting our risk management tools and resources to assist our disability sector customers to work through the risks and challenges of such a transformative change.
Every day, allied health professionals experience the growing demand on the Australian Healthcare system. As a percentage of GDP, health expenditure accounted for around 6.5% in the late 80s, it now accounts for more than 10%. Allied health professionals are one of the largest groups of professionals in the Australian healthcare system.
At Ansvar Insurance we are always looking at technologies and risk management supports to assist our allied health professionals to manage the risks associated with the very important care they provide.