Traditional funding not aligned to needs
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Natasha Egan
2d ago
We are pleased to make public Ageing at the Centre – Putting Elders and older people at the heart of our work. The report – released at the AAG Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group online Yarn Up in May 2024 – shows that organisations are using a little to do a lot, whether it be time, capital or expertise. This might mean covering costs or organising travel, repairs, funeral expenses and clothing. These things that are not considered aged care, but they are important components for caring for Elders and older Aboriginal people in and around Mparntwe Alice Springs. Ultim ..read more
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Elder abuse cases ‘tip of the iceberg’
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Christopher Kelly
2d ago
Recorded cases of elder abuse in Australia underestimate the true picture, Australian Ageing Agenda has been told. The Older Persons Advocacy Network received almost 1,300 calls regarding elder abuse in the six months to March 2024, according to preliminary data. “We know that’s just the tip of the iceberg because, of the almost one-in-six older people who reported experiencing abuse in the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, only one-third had sought help,” said OPAN chief executive officer Graig Gear.  OPAN’s data comes ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Held annually on 15 Ju ..read more
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Sector ‘better off’ under AN-ACC survey shows
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Christopher Kelly
2d ago
Sixty per cent of aged care leaders responding to a survey agree their business is financially enhanced under AN-ACC. Conducted by aged care consultancy firm Mirus Australia, the survey canvassed 233 executives from 170 aged care organisations across Australia. Source: Mirus Australia When asked about the financial impact of the Australian National Aged Care Classification funding model compared to the previous Aged Care Funding Instrument, three in five respondents strongly agreed (16 per cent) or agreed (44 per cent) their organisation is financially better off under AN-ACC. Thirty-two per c ..read more
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Outcome monitoring data released
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Natasha Egan
3d ago
The Registry of Senior Australians has released its public and provider reports on outcome monitoring for aged care, with antibiotic use and wait-time for home care packages topping the prevalence lists for residential and home care providers respectively in South Australia. The reports examine the quality and safety of care against 12 indicators for residential aged care and 15 for home care package services across the state. The public reports can be used by all providers to benchmark against, while individual facility and provider reports are available to both residential aged care and home ..read more
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Honours for aged care heroes
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Australian Ageing Agenda
4d ago
Farag Gobran – honorary director and founding chair of residential and home care provider St Maurice Aged Care – has been awarded a Medal of Order (OAM) “for services to youth, to aged welfare, and to the Egyptian community.” A pharmacist since 1970, Mr Gobran became founding chair of the faith-based provider – which serves the Coptic community across Sydney – in 2009. There are 493 people honoured in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the King’s Birthday Honours List announced by the Governor-General on Monday. Former vice-chairman of residential aged care provider Crookwell Fr ..read more
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Resthaven goes solar
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Australian Ageing Agenda
4d ago
South Australian aged care and retirement living provider Resthaven is installing solar panels across its residential care facilities, community services, and corporate offices. With the roll-out expected to be completed in July, the project will reduce the organisation’s carbon emissions by 9 per cent. Darren Birbeck “Resthaven is working to reduce our impact on the environment and to cut our carbon footprint,” said Resthaven chief executive officer Darren Birbeck. “We are committed to fulfilling our environmental responsibilities. Investing in solar is just one of the ways we are doing this ..read more
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Unpacking the quality expectations
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Natasha Egan
4d ago
Once again, the aged care sector braces for change as we prepare for the implementation of the Strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards, now set to occur in July 2025 with the commencement of the new Aged Care Act. Once introduced, these standards mark a significant step forward, as they build upon the previous regulations to both enhance existing requirements and add new elements, ultimately aimed at strengthening a person-centred approach to aged care. This is the first in a planned series of articles, where my colleagues and I aim to provide an overview of the key aspects we recommend provi ..read more
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Report addresses underservicing of allied health care
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Christopher Kelly
1w ago
The federal government is being called upon to amend the Quality of Care Principles to support equal access to allied health services. The recommendation features in a policy brief published by the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, such an amendment would, say the authors, “minimise service disruption and support equitable access to allied health services.” Under the Quality of Care Principles – which sit within the Aged Care Act – lay the Aged Care Quality Standards which require residential aged care facilities to provide care recipients with allied health services such as recreat ..read more
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Govt accepts Tune’s commission review
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Australian Ageing Agenda
1w ago
Every recommendation contained in the final report of the capability review of the aged care regulatory body has been accepted by the federal government. The purpose of the independent review – which was announced in July 2022 and assigned to David Tune three months later – was to identify and provide best-practice recommendations to ensure the the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has the necessary legislative foundations, capabilities, and resources to meet its regulatory responsibilities. A recommendation of the aged care royal commission, the capability review was conducted in consul ..read more
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Warrigal appoints two new directors
Australian Ageing Agenda
by Christopher Kelly
1w ago
New South Wales regional aged care provider Warrigal has welcomed two non-executive directors to its board. Beginning her tenure on 27 May, Professor Lorna Moxham has spent 44 years in the nursing profession, including 42 specialising in mental health. Currently a professor of mental health nursing at the University of Wollongong, Professor Moxham brings to the Warrigal board extensive clinical and academic expertise. Professor Moxham’s governance experience includes chairing a district health council and participating in various ministerial working parties. Daniel Rowan Commencing his board t ..read more
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