Aged care needs overhaul: Productivity Commission

A PRODUCTIVITY Commission's report on aged care has recommended an overhaul of the system, including means testing of aged care residents and the removal of caps on care packages and residential bed numbers.

The draft report, Caring for Older Australians, identifies a number of weaknesses in the aged care system including difficulties navigating the system, gaps in service coverage, inequitable service charges and workforce pressures.

According to the report, pressures on the aged care workforce could also be alleviated through wage increases for nurses and other care staff delivering aged care services.

Other workforce recommendations included advanced clinical courses for nurses to become nurse practitioners as well as an expansion of teaching aged care services to medical, nursing and allied health care students.

However, the report did not recommend changes to the PIP payments related to GP