Allied health professionals certified with limited registration from their professional body are eligible to provide complex pain management services in residential aged care, the Department of Health has ruled.
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People with family in aged care are more likely than others to discuss a family member’s end-of-life care wishes with them, according to a national survey.
Allied health peak bodies have welcomed the expanded pain management program for residential aged care proposed in the recent review of the sector’s funding tool.
The peak body representing Australian physiotherapists has urged the government to improve the choice and scope of physiotherapy services for aged care residents.
The peak body for physiotherapists is calling on the Federal Government to fund contemporary pain management therapies in residential aged care, including exercise, and overhaul the funding instrument to support restorative care practices.
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.
Incontinence cost the aged and health systems $1.6 billion in 2008/09, according to a new AIHW report, which shows residential aged care accounts for the vast majority of the expenditure.
The importance of maintaining strength and balance is the message many health agencies are spreading to health professionals for the month of April, also known as April No Falls, to educate and raise awareness about falls prevention measures.