News tagged with Aged Care

Finding the support you need

If you’re finding it harder to do the things you used to, My Aged Care can help you access aged services to support you.

The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for consumers and service providers.

These resources include new case study videos for:

You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.

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Aged Care Diversity Framework – Action Plans

The Hon Ken Wyatt, AM, MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, has launched action plans developed under the Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group developed the action plans to guide the aged care sector to deliver respectful, inclusive and culturally safe care for:

  • Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
  • Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, and Intersex elders

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The Actions to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders

Everyone in Australia has the right to access quality, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services that cater to their individual needs and respect their background and life experiences.

The Australian Government has published the Aged Care Diversity Framework and a series of action plans to help the aged care sector to better cater for the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older Australians.

The Framework and action plans were developed following extensive community consultations.

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Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework – Homelessness Action Plan

The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee has started work on an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework to help the aged care sector support older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).

The Sub-group is supported in this work by a reference group which has been convened by the Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG). HAAG has received funding from the Department of Health.

Invitation to participate

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New online resource Life Checks recognises we need to plan well to achieve the best possible ageing

Australia’s leading senior’s advocacy organisation COTA Australia has congratulated the government on the launch of its new Life Checks campaign, website and resources, which may potentially provide life checks and information for more than 9 million mid-life and older Australians.

COTA Australia CEO, Ian Yates, said the Life Checks questionnaire and supporting resources are recognition that we need to plan as a nation for a population that is living longer than ever before.

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More Home Care Packages

In December the Commonwealth Government announced the release of 10,000 high level home care packages as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)  budget review.

The 10,000 new high-level home care packages deliver important services at home, such as complex clinical care from a range of providers, nursing and mobility care, nutrition, hydration and meal preparation and transport support.

The packages will be available from early 2019 and split across 5,000 level 3 and 5,000 level 4 packages … Read the rest

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Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

Following on from the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (the Tune Report) the Commonwealth has announced a streamlined consumer assessment process for all aged care services to be delivered by a new national assessment workforce by 2020.

The Department has released a discussion paper to consult on a streamlined assessment model and seek the views of stakeholders and interested parties, including those representing consumers, assessment services, aged care providers and the health and aged care workforce. Submissions are open … Read the rest

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New Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

The new Aged Care Quality and Safety commission began on January 1 2019 and combines the previous responsibilities of  both the Aged Care Quality Agency and Aged Care Complaints Commission into one streamlined organisation.

COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said the Commission, headed by new Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM, “is another significant step towards stronger monitoring and enforcement of quality in Australia’s aged care system, supported by a regime of unannounced visits by assessors, and new, more consumer-focused aged … Read the rest

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Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Innovation Fund

The Department of Health is seeking expressions of interest (EOI)  for innovative proposals for the delivery of CHSP services. The aim is to “identify more effective, efficient and user-centric options for the provision of entry level aged care services ”.  The EOI will close at 2pm (ACT Local Time, so 3pm in Queensland) Friday 1 February 2019.

More information can be found via the Grants Connect page www.grants.gov.au.

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Emergency Planning for Aged Care Services

 

It is important that all aged care providers are well prepared and able to respond to emergency events.

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

It is important that you are well prepared for any events which may impact your service.

The Australian Department of Health website provides resources that you may wish to consider in your planning.

Volunteering Queensland has released two disaster preparedness tools to help older Queenslanders to start basic disaster … Read the rest

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