The ongoing Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted several shocking deficiencies in the care of older Australians including the lack of oral care, writes Dr Kathleen Matthews.
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The Australian Dental Association and Alzheimer’s Australia have partnered to release an education resource for dentists to help address the oral health needs of people living with dementia.
Increased transitional support for the sector, new programs on key clinical areas, and measures to improve workforce feature in the Budget wish lists of consumer and professional groups.
While there is growing acceptance of the need for greater involvement of the various allied health services in aged care, policy and practice barriers remain. Here, leading peak bodies outline what needs to change.