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On the queue for home care?

As part of the recent My Aged Care system changes, the Federal Government will start sending ‘readiness’ letters to people who are waiting on the national queue for a Home Care Package.  This letter is targeted at those people who have been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as eligible to receive a home care package, but are waiting for a Home Care Package to become available.

Readiness letters will be sent out around three months before a … Read the rest

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National Advance Care Planning Week 

 

National Advance Care Planning Week, 16 ‐ 22 April 2018, encourages all Australians, regardless of their current health status to make their future health care preferences known.  The initiative challenges people to start conversations with loved ones about what living well means to them and to consider who they would want to speak for them, if they were too sick to speak for themselves.

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Organisations and community groups are invited to host an event to help raise … Read the rest

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Planning ahead… Think you have your bases covered?

 

You might want to take another look.

Since last year, we have been running a peer education program on Enduring Powers of Attorney (which we will refer to here as EPAs). This has been an interesting learning as we’ve explored people’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about EPAs. We want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the myths and concerns we’ve encountered.

Myth: I have a will, and that covers everything I need

When many of us … Read the rest

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Integrated Carer Support Service

On 5 March 2018, the Australian Government announced funding of an additional $85.6 million over four years for the introduction of new services for carers.

This will provide carers with access to new early intervention supports and services to improve carers well-being and long term outcomes.

The new services form part of the integrated carer support service (ICSS) to be implemented in two stages:

  • From October 2018, carers will be able to access new digital services including peer support, counselling,
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Young at Heart Film Fest – Two 2-1 passes to giveaway

 

Palace Cinemas has returned again with their Young At Heart Film Festival. The film festival is specially curated for films lovers over the age of 60, exclusively at Palace Cinemas, held in Brisbane 17-25 April.

The festival boasts a selection of heartwarming dramas, hilarious and inspiring documentaries and Hollywood classics. This year they are  bringing the leading ladies back to the big screen with classics such as All About Eve, A Star Is Born and more.  Find out more at … Read the rest

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National Palliative Care Standards 5th Edition

The National Palliative Care Standards (Edition 5) have been updated following consultation with the palliative care community and other stakeholders.

The National Palliative Care Standards (the Standards) clearly articulate and promote a vision for compassionate and appropriate specialist palliative care. The Standards recognise the importance of care that is person-centred and age-appropriate; and which pays particular attention to the needs of people who may be especially vulnerable or at risk.

There is increasing recognition that caring for people who are … Read the rest

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Reforms to Human Services Inquiry Report

This report was sent to Government on 27 October 2017 and publicly released on 26 March 2018.

The Commission has made recommendations on how to apply increased competition, contestability and informed user choice to the human services that were identified in the first stage study report to improve outcomes for users, and the community as a whole.

This inquiry is about finding ways to put the people who use human services at the heart of service provision. This matters because … Read the rest

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Senate Inquiry Report – Residential Aged Care

The interim report from the Senate Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised was released 13 February 2018.

The particular focus of the inquiry was on the Makk and McLeay wards of the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility in South Australia; and the failure of regulatory systems to identify and address serious issues … Read the rest

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National Plan to address elder abuse

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, announced on 20 February that a National Plan to address elder abuse will be developed to ensure the protection of older people in our community.

A National Plan was a key recommendation of the 2017 Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Report: Elder Abuse – a National Legal Response, which highlighted examples of serious physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people.

“Abuse takes many forms and can have wide reaching emotional, financial and physical effects … Read the rest

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Survey on Universal Housing Design

Edit:  5 March 2018

This survey is now closed.


The Australian Network for Universal Housing Design is pushing for more accessible and inclusive housing and require as many people as possible to complete a short survey.

COAG’s 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy committed to support the National Dialogue for Universal Housing Design’s goal that all new homes will be of an agreed liveable design standard by 2020.

At the direction of the Building Ministers Forum, the Australian Building Codes Board is … Read the rest

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