National advocacy body Painaustralia is calling for pain treatment practices in aged care to be overhauled including the adequate funding of pain assessments.
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Carol Bennett steps down as Alzheimer’s Australia CEO, Maree McCabe appointed interim national chief executive; ClarkeHopkinsClarke appoints Jennifer Rodezno as senior associate.
Aged care stakeholders have welcomed the reappointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for Aged Care and Ken Wyatt as Assistant Minister, saying it provides continuity for the next stage of reforms.
ELECTION: Uncapping the supply of aged care places, recognising end-of-life care as a priority and finalising a sector workforce strategy are among the commitments stakeholders are seeking from the major parties.
Aged care’s one-stop shop for consumers has received a boost in funding to help meet the significant and ongoing increase in demand, the government announced in last night’s Federal Budget.
With the government having signalled the next reforms to commence in 2017, many are hopeful that 2016 will be a year of action and preparation for change.
The full rollout of CDC across community care, the announcement of further consumer control from 2017, and the moving of aged care back to the health department – it was another significant year for aged care.
Appropriate safeguards for people from special needs groups and access to comparative measures of quality must be in place as community aged care is opened up to market forces, the chief executive of Alzheimer’s Australia will tell an upcoming conference.
Aged care providers and professionals will have a unique opportunity to influence dementia research and how it is translated into practice with the establishment of a new virtual online network.
For years researchers and advocates have said that dementia research is not given the appropriate priority. Now a major new analysis provides compelling support for their argument.
Community aged care organisation integratedliving Australia is among recipients of $52 million in government funding for projects to improve palliative care training for care workers.
In this wrap: aged care provider announces merger; Estia adds four facilities to portfolio; UnitingCare Ageing recognised as a ‘top 20’ employer for LGBTI staff; palliative care program recognised; call for action on dementia in indigenous communities.
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.
In this wrap: SA Government puts ageing on the agenda; young onset dementia needs greater support, says Bennett; alcohol, drug problems among seniors in focus; provider brings greater consumer choice to residential; and think tank to drive innovations in ageing.