Doctors provided more than 5 million Medicare services in residential aged care facilities last financial year but support is needed to do better, the annual report from Australia’s general practice peak body shows.
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The federal government hopes to have a new system ready by June next year which will allow health professionals to send referrals directly from their own clinical systems to My Aged Care.
A controversial editorial published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday has sparked heated debate about the benefits of early diagnosis of dementia and the potential risks.
Australian Greens Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann has announced the party’s commitment to put voluntary assisted suicide on the political agenda in Canberra. National Seniors Australia, PCA, Alzheimer’s Australia and the ANMF also launch their campaigns.
The number of doctors conducting residential aged care visits is declining. Around 90 per cent of all GPs attending residential aged care facilities are aged over 40 and each GP is spending more time consulting. This is all according to a new AMA report.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is among 28 organisations that have been funded to encourage quicker uptake of telehealth videoconferencing.
The Australian Medical Association says the aged care reform process lacks any discussion of how to improve access to medical care in aged care facilities and the homes of older people, and that their recent offer to help has been rebuffed by government.
The Australian Medical Association has made public its position on how residential aged care should be funded.
With financial incentives from Medicare available since July, 2012 could be the year that telehealth is widely implemented in nursing homes – vastly improving residents’ access to specialist nursing, medical and allied health expertise.
The Hospital in the Home Society of Australasia wants the government to tweak the Medicare Benefits Schedule, and they have the figures to show them why.
Health innovation researchers will combine an interactive public lecture with a dramatic exploration of some of the latest thinking on the future of health care.
Aged care providers, doctors and Government are all looking to Medicare Locals as the forum to facilitate better access to healthcare for aged care recipients.www.acqi.org.au/
CHA says the uncertainty surrounding the proposed primary healthcare organisations is getting in the way of aged care planning.
More doctors and claiming rights for nurse practitioners are both good news for the sector.