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Maximising benefits of care

In collaboration with Queensland statewide clinical networks, the Queensland Clinical Senate’s ‘Maximising Benefits of Care’ meeting on 1-2 August 2019 challenged clinicians to consider ‘low benefit’ procedures – those that deliver little or no benefit at significant personal cost to patients, the teams that care for them and to the system.

The Queensland Clinical Senate believes there is an individual and collective responsibility of all those in the health system, including consumers, to identify and reduce any care provided … Read the rest

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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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Maximising benefits of care

In collaboration with Queensland statewide clinical networks, the Queensland Clinical Senate’s ‘Maximising Benefits of Care’ meeting on 1-2 August 2019 challenged clinicians to consider ‘low benefit’ procedures – those that deliver little or no benefit at significant personal cost to patients, the teams that care for them and to the system.

The Queensland Clinical Senate believes there is an individual and collective responsibility of all those in the health system, including consumers, to identify and reduce any care provided … Read the rest

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Increasing social connections

 

Relationships Australia Queensland, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Queensland and Australian National University, are trialling a group program that aims to increase social connections among older people living in the community.

This program, called Groups for Health and Wellbeing (G4H), is a 5-session program that runs over 2 months, and each session lasts for 1-2 hours. Groups 4 Health (G4H) was created by a team of UQ School of Psychology researchers to directly target the psychological distress … Read the rest

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Have you been affected by the bushfires?

 

The Queensland Government is offering assistance for bushfire-affected regions including individual residents and not-for-profit organisations. Emergency Hardship grants of $180 per person, up to $900 for a family of five or more, have been made available through jointly-funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements. Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant and Structural Assistance Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents in these areas who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster. … Read the rest

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An intervention for family carers

 

Jenny Murfield, PhD candidate at Griffith University is conducting a study supervised by Prof Wendy Moyle and Prof Analise O’Donovan to develop an intervention for family carers of older adults that promotes self-compassion to support healthy emotion regulation and coping.

She is conducting interviews with key stakeholders including family carers to explore perceptions of self-compassion, and find out about the types of things that might facilitate or prevent uptake of a support intervention for family carers. She is also conducting … Read the rest

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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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Need help to pay your electricity or gas bills?

 

You have rights.

Stronger protections are now available to households having trouble paying their energy bills.

The Australian Energy Regulator has taken action to assist vulnerable customers experiencing payment difficulties by introducing an enforceable Customer Hardship Policy Guideline.

Energy retailers have important responsibilities in helping vulnerable customers. The Guideline requires energy retailers to provide consistent minimum standards of assistance, ensure hardship programs are easily accessible and put processes in place to identify customers who may need help.

Customers participating … Read the rest

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The crushing reality of reform: a consumer perspective

 

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland conducted a detailed situation
analysis late 2018, examining consumers’ experiences of the disability
reforms and their perspectives. COTA Queensland’s focus is the impact of
the disability reforms on people navigating their care and support options
as they age. A literature review, interviews, and monitoring of community
platforms and service provider forums informed the work. This position
paper is based on the outcomes of that analysis.

The paper commences with the consumer journey, outlining the … Read the rest

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On the couch with COTA 

 

On the couch with COTA

On September 12 2019, an audience of over 200 services providers and health professional gathered at Eatons Hill Hotel to attend the Brisbane North PNH’s Annual Aged Care Forum exploring the theme ‘The New Age of Ageing’.

Bronwyn Bidstrup, COTA Aged Care Coordinator and Volunteer Community Ambassador Zelda Lawrie held an informal armchair interview as part the program following on from the keynote speech delivered by Kirsty Nowlan from the Benevolent Society, who highlighted the … Read the rest

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