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Livable housing design: the costs and benefits to Australian society

The Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) conducted an online survey from October 2017 to February 2018 inviting individuals to share their opinions on how Council of Australian Governments (COAG) should meet their commitment in the 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy that all new homes will be of agreed universal design standards by 2020.

The survey was advertised widely through community groups and housing organisations. It attracted 1329 participants, the majority of whom were home owners and people who needed … Read the rest

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Enhancing consumer engagement – workshops for aged care services

The Quality Agency is partnering with COTA Queensland to conduct industry-focused workshops on developing and enhancing consumer engagement practices in line with the new aged care quality standards. ...

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CHSP Manual Policy updated

The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Manual Policy has been updated and the 2018 version released. This manual continues to reflect the Wellness and Reablement approach and provides case studies and strategies for embedding this approach. It also provides policy clarification on a number of matters and reflects new funding conditions effective 1 July 2018.

Access the manual at agedcare.health.gov.au

 

 

 

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Wellness and Reablement updates

 

A Maturity Framework was used to explore, discuss, and capture the current situation in the service system and identify some good practice examples. ...

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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

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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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