Senior Australians have not been flocking to register for the PCEHR but two health providers tell of their successful efforts in signing up aged care clients and other older Australians while the sector waits for planning and support from government.
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Regularly working out improves your memory, planning and thinking skills plus reduces your risk of dementia, according to a new research paper from Alzheimer’s Australia and Fitness Australia.
There is a revolution occurring across Australian kitchens and dining rooms and the implications for aged care providers might seem challenging as baby boomers hove into view but it is a challenge many providers are already enjoying, writes Natasha Egan
It was all about play for those at Luna Park for the Arts Health Institute’s recent Play Up Convention in Sydney, where international expert Dr Stuart Brown talked about joyfulness being as important as nutrition, sleep and exercise to health.
A new aged care training facility in Western Sydney is going the extra mile when it comes to imitating the workplace, offering a clever state-of-the-art simulation-style program to more than 200 students each year.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott has said he would direct funding from the aged care workforce supplement back to the general pool of aged care funding to the delight of provider peaks and the wrath of unions.
Indigenous leader Noel Pearson and aged care CEO Andrew Larpent separately spoke of the importance and power of the individual in creating positive change at a health and aged care conference in Melbourne on this week.
Consumer advocates have applauded the government’s announcement that a national fee structure will be rolled out across the commonwealth’s new home support program from July 2015, but warn adequate safety nets need to be in place.
If you provide home care packages, consumer directed care will have an impact on the way your organisation provides services. Natasha Egan discovers from those who have already started the journey that success hinges on cultural transformation.
The Health Informatics Society of Australia has elected a 10-member multidisciplinary leadership committee to its Aged Care Informatics special interest group to continue its promotion of information technology in aged care in the year ahead.
The commonwealth government has committed $8 million to enabling pathology and diagnostic imaging results to be uploaded to the national eHealth record, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek announced at the Health Informatics Conference this week.
Federal Minister for Regional Communications Sharon Bird launched on Wednesday an NBN enabled telehealth pilot program to support and monitor the health of older people in their homes.
Workplace health and wellbeing programs are on the rise in the aged services sector. In this feature article, Natasha Egan finds that with an older and ageing workforce, taking staff health and fitness seriously is the way to go.
Investment is needed to improve the number of GPs offering online consultations according to Curtin University researchers, who found uptake is far from routine in Australia despite the potential for benefits.