News feed: Aged Care Reforms

Online training on COVID-19 for care workers across all health care settings

 

The Australian Department of Health has a  30-minute online training module is now available – How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19. This training is for care workers across all health care settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 including:
•    COVID-19 – what is it?
•    Signs and symptoms
•    Keeping safe – protecting yourself and others
•    Myth busting

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PallConsult Steering Committee Expression of Interest

We are seeking a community representative to represent us on the PallConsult Steering Committee.

The aim of PallConsult is to build capacity within the generalist workforce to provide quality end-of-life care and to support equitable access to home-based care for those who choose it. The sought outcomes are improved palliative patient experience especially for non-urban Queenslanders without direct access to a specialist palliative care service, coupled with decreased unwanted hospital admissions.

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Australia’s ageing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse population

 

Over 4.9 million Australians speak a language other than English at home. People who have migrated to Australia and those older Australians who speak languages other than English, deserve the same access to information as others, and to feel confident in their choices.

Understanding individual and family needs and preferences is essential to providing aged care and palliative care consistent with a person’s values and beliefs. Providing culturally safe care is founded on respect for peoples’ background and lived experiences.… Read the rest

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My Aged Care: online access now available

A new online form is available on the My Aged Care website that allows individuals or someone acting on their behalf to:

The form can be completed by people in their own time as an alternative to calling the My Aged Care contact centre.

  • Visit the My Aged Care website for information on how to apply for an assessment.
  • This new functionality will be continuously improved. People are encouraged
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Redesign of the Aged Care System

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a series of hearings during the first half of 2020.

The first hearing will be conducted as a workshop and will focus on the redesign of the aged care system.  To be held in Adelaide 10 and 11 February 2020.

This workshop follows the release in December 2019 of Consultation Paper 1 on program redesign, a call for submissions in response to that paper and consultation with stakeholders and … Read the rest

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International systems and innovations indicate way forward for Australian aged care

New research on international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.

The university and its research partners produced two major reports for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety that examine how aged care is delivered around the world and the types of innovative approaches used. The reports are available on the Royal Commission’s website.

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Interim Report Released

 

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care was released 31 October 2019.

COTA Australia’s Media Release in response to the release of the Interim Report can be read here www.cota.org.au/news-items/media-release-aged-care-royal-commission-interim-report-response/

To view or download the Royal Commission’s interim report, please go to agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/Pages/interim-report.aspx
Hard copies of the report can be ordered online through
agedcareroyalcommission.printmanagement.com.au/

General information regarding the Royal Commission can be found on the Royal Commission’s website, including how to make a public submission agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/

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Home Care toolkit

 

Are you confident in providing end of life care for your clients?

How can you provide support for clients who require end of life care? What evidence-based tools can help you assess your client’s end of life symptoms? How can your service put in systems to support palliative care and advance care planning?

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a free, government-funded resource designed to connect you with evidence-based tools and resources in palliative care and advance … Read the rest

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Rights and safety in healthcare

 

The World Health Organization is focusing global attention on the issue of patient safety and launched a campaign in solidarity with patients on the very first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September. Greater patient involvement is the key to safer care. On the very first World Patient Safety Day WHO is prioritizing patient safety as a global health priority and urging patients, healthcare workers, policy makers and health care industry to “Speak up for patient safety!”.

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Regional Delivery Partners for the Carers Gateway 

COTA Queensland welcomes the announcement of funding to ten not-for-profit organisations who will receive about $493 million over five years to establish a new network of 16 Carer Gateway service to support the important work of the nation’s unpaid carers.

COTA Queensland, in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland and Carers Queensland, have listened to almost 400 older people living in different parts of the state and with different life experiences over the last six months.  Some key … Read the rest

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