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Making the most of home care packages

People in home care, and their carers, are invited to join an online conversation about changes that affect them.

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As we get older, we can worry that we are losing the ability, or even the right, to make choices about our own wellbeing. 

Thankfully, there are situations where we do have choices and, for many of us, that includes the important decision of whether to move into an aged care facility or remain in our own home with assistance from others. 

But where do you go to find the right information about home care?

The details

In January, the Department of Health and Aged Care updated the Home Care Packages Care Recipient Program Manual to help care recipients and their carers to have informed conversations with providers about what services they can access. 

To assist in the process, the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is hosting a Home care packages: what’s changed? webinar for older people, their families and carers from 1-2pm AEST on Tuesday 18 April 2023.  

A Department of Health and Aged Care representative will join OPAN’s panel to discuss inclusions and exclusions under the Home Care Packages Program, and what recent caps to charges will mean for home care services and fees. 

In the webinar, the panel will discuss: 

  • What the recent changes will mean for home care services and fees. 

  • What’s included and what’s excluded. 

  • Where to go for more information and support.


They will also talk about the 15% pay raise for aged care workers, from 30 June, and its likely effect on the aged care system. 

The panel, hosted by Dianne Weller, will include: 

  • Craig Gear OAM, CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network. 

  • Frank Smith, home care recipient, member of OPAN’s National Older Persons Reference Group. 

  • Melissa Fraser, Financial Advocacy Officer from ADACAS (OPAN’s ACT member). 

  • Julia Atkinson, acting Assistant Secretary of the Home Care and Assessments Branch, Department of Health and Aged Care. 

The webinar will be followed by a live Q&A session. 

Register for their webinar at 

Related reading: OPAN, Home Care Packages Program Operational Manual 

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