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U3A Twin Towns Senior of the Year 2017

Ilona has been a member of U3A Twin Towns for nearly a decade.  In that time, she has been an incredibly active participant in and organiser of U3A activities and events. ...

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Industry alert: emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest

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COTA Energy Advocacy Project – Ensuring older Australians have a strong voice

 

The COTA Energy Advocacy Project is a project involving COTA organisations in each of the National Energy Market jurisdictions. It aims to contribute to a better deal for older energy consumers by developing and supporting a knowledgeable group of energy advocates who can represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. The national project was funded by a grant provided by Energy Consumers Australia. ...

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Emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest

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ACCC Consumer Directed Aged Care survey

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently leading a national initiative of Commonwealth, state and territory consumer protection regulators to develop educational resources to assist older consumers and their support networks understand their consumer rights and options when choosing to interact with providers of goods and services in the aged care sector.

The ACCC would also like to assist providers in the Consumer Directed Care sector by developing resources to assist businesses to understand their obligations under the … Read the rest

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Opportunity to participate in the NSAF Review survey

The department is reviewing the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) in response to feedback from the sector. This is a high priority to support a more effective and streamlined assessment process.

Background

The National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) was implemented in My Aged Care in 2015 to support the collection of information during:

  • Screening (conducted over-the-phone by the My Aged Care contact centre)
  • Home Support Assessment (conducted face-to-face by the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service)
  • Comprehensive Assessment
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My Aged Care evaluation findings

 

The department conducted a second wave of research in late 2016 – early 2017 to evaluate the implementation of My Aged Care amongst consumers, assessors, service providers and other key stakeholder groups.

The objectives were to evaluate experiences and perceptions of the aged care system and My Aged Care since the first wave of research in early 2016.

Key findings

Care recipients and carers continue to report high levels of satisfaction in many areas, including:

  • screening outcomes
  • face-to-face assessment
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‘The New Middle Age: Ways to thrive in the longevity economy’ – National Ageing Research Institute

This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic.

There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an extended life expectancy in a volatile and rapidly changing economic and political environment. The authors argue that Australia and its political leaders have an opportunity to take the lead in bringing the nation round to a … Read the rest

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Help decide the future of digital health information

The Commonwealth Department of Health invites the public to have their say on how data in the My Health Record system may be used in future. There is scope for the My Health Record to be used for a variety of secondary purposes including research, policy and planning. The Australian Government Department of Health has released a Consultation Paper to begin identifying what Australians want the framework to say to help decide who should be able to access My Health … Read the rest

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Public consultation – redesign of dementia consumer supports

In January 2016, the Australian Government announced it would work with stakeholders to develop an improved range of consumer supports for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Following discussions and feedback from the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum, the Department of Health has developed a proposed suite of redesigned dementia consumer supports.

A consultation paper has been developed to explore and seek stakeholder feedback on the proposed suite of supports.

The consultation opened on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and … Read the rest

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