The nation’s leading consumer representatives will comprise the first witnesses at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety when hearings get underway next week.
Aged care providers have welcomed the passage of legislation establishing the nation’s first independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and say they will work with the new watchdog to uphold high standards of care.
A parliamentary inquiry has called for legislation to ensure aged care facilities have at least one registered nurse on site at all times and a review of funding to assess its adequacy to meet residents’ needs.
The Australian Medical Association has released a new position statement targeting elder abuse and warns it will increase as the population ages.
Australia’s peak doctors’ group is calling on the Commonwealth to fund a quality aged care workforce following the release of a member survey that raises concerns over doctors cutting back on facility visits, a lack of trained nurses and inadequate financial compensation.
The federal government hopes to have a new system ready by June next year which will allow health professionals to send referrals directly from their own clinical systems to My Aged Care.
There is broad support for a government initiative to roll out flu vaccinations to aged care workers, but provider peaks have called on the community to also ensure best practice is followed.
A lack of data around unmet demand for aged care services, the failings of My Aged Care and the need for a sector workforce strategy are among the key issues stakeholders have raised with the government’s review into the aged care reforms, submissions show.
Australia’s peak doctors group has urged governments to increase funding for quality end of life care and nationally consistent palliative care services in Australia.
Doctors groups have expressed concern that the Federal Government’s new co-payment model for GPs will negatively impact older people and residents of aged care facilities.
The private sector and medical providers could soon have a much bigger say in how Australia’s ailing efforts to create a national system of electronic health and medical records unfolds.
Catherine King has been named Shadow Minister for Health while Shane Neumann becomes Shadow Minister for Ageing.
The AMA has held crisis talks with the head of the Department of Health & Ageing, Professor Jane Halton, over the unprecedented walkout of clinical advisors from the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA)
Pressure is mounting on the Rudd government to scrap the controversial $2000 cap on tax deductions for self-education expenses, as professional groups including nurses, doctors, dentists and pharmacists join forces to fight the tax cap.