It is the beginning of equal access to psychological services for people with a diagnosed mental health disorder living in residential aged care, write Dr Louise Roufeil and Dr Harriet Radermacher.
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Seniors are ramping up pressure on the Federal Government over the lack of access to psychological services for older people living in residential aged care, launching a petition calling on new health minister Greg Hunt to reverse the discriminatory policy.
The Federal Government is not committing to remove current restrictions that prevent aged care residents from accessing Medicare-funded psychology sessions, despite a growing chorus of experts calling for a change and mounting media coverage of the issue.
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.
The Australian Psychological Society wants to pilot a postgraduate student placement program in residential aged care as part of it’s mission to improve access to psychological care services for elderly people.
In the absence of more conclusive evidence, we should be careful not to over-emphasise the benefits of Alzheimer’s disease prevention strategies, an international expert has warned.