After more than three years of public consultation and lobbying, the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package passed through parliament on Wednesday night, with amendments from the Government and the Greens.
The push for more industry-led research has gained momentum with the launch of Australia’s first cognitive decline partnership centre, jointly funded by the NHMRC and four health and aged care organisations.
A year in review, Merry Christmas wishes and a big thank you for your support throughout 2012…from the AAA team.
The federal government has announced two new aged care reform strategies: one addresses sexual diversity and the other, cultural and ethnic diversity. Both strategies have received praise from LGBTI and CALD advocacy groups.
Australia has helped the worldwide effort get the UN to adopt a special palliative care ‘indicator’ in its Global Monitoring Framework. The international community now has a common way to measure and collect data on pain management performance.
An ABC ‘Lateline’ investigation claims that there could be over 6,000 dementia care residents unnecessarily being overprescribed antipsychotics. Minister Butler has answered questions about the figures and the possibility of an inquiry into the matter.
AAA speaks to the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, one-on-one, about the how the ‘ACFI issue’ was dealt with and sector support for aged care reform. Read exerpts of the transcript.
Australia will finally receive news announcing whether or not dementia will be made a National Health Priority Area (NHPA) as of close of play tomorrow, after Minister Butler and Minister Plibersek propose that state and territory health ministers add it
More than 1000 aged care professionals were invited to visit Adelaide to attend the two-day Department of Health and Ageing’s National Aged Care Conference. AAA relays the highlights from day one.
Minister Butler has announced new government plans to create and release a specific CALD aged care strategy before the end of 2012, to ensure that all future aged care reforms are culturally inclusive.
Former NSW Deputy Premier, Dr Andrew Refshauge, will be the new chair of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Board.
The Commonwealth may have announced a reform package, and is soon to take responsibility of HACC, but that does not give state and local governments permission to wash their hands of aged care, says NSW Minister for Ageing, Andrew Constance MP.
Up until now, the Opposition has refused to either openly support or reject the government’s proposed package of aged care reforms. NACA hopes that tonight will be the night when the sector finds out exactly where it stands.
CEO of Amana Living and deputy president of ACSA, Ray Glickman, tells AAA why he is worried that the government may not have achieved the right mix in its recently announced, ‘Living Longer Living Better’ aged care reform package.