Our House hopeful following meeting with government

OUR House board members are hopeful last week's meeting with government officials in Sydney will put not-for-profit accommodation providers back on a level playing field.

Representatives from Our House, along with eight other hospital not-for-profit accommodation providers across the state, were pushing for the government change its recently implemented hospital accommodation funding policy.

The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) policy changes, which came into effect on September 1, has meant commercial accommodation subsidy rates have increased while the subsidy rates for patients staying at not-for-profit centres, like Our House, have stayed the same.

Our House chair Dr Chris Ingall said after meeting with representatives from the Ministry and IPTAAS, the group of not-for-profits felt hopeful a satisfactory solution would be found.

"Frank discussion over two hours has led to an undertaking from Elizabeth Koff, Deputy Secretary to the Minister, who chaired the meeting, to go back and look at the policy and find a solution to the difficulties posed by the policy," he said.

"The Ministry has heard loud and clear from the Northern Rivers community and the Our House board."

Dr Ingall said if the funding was brought back to an even playing field, Our House would be able to "keep its doors open and continue providing its unique service to the community."

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