The professional organisation for Australia’s general practitioners is seeking feedback on a draft set of voluntary standards for residential aged care facilities to improve the primary care of residents.
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Doctors’ groups have welcomed the additional $98 million to increase payments to general practitioners visiting aged care residents announced in the Government’s half yearly budget update.
Bupa Care Services believes it can solve one of the great vexing issues in aged care – getting access to a GP. They hope their initiative will transform the industry and set a new benchmark in bridging the nexus between primary care and aged care.
Many health professionals don’t realise that dementia can strike anyone at any age and as a result, often misdignose adults under age 65 with the disease, according to people with younger onset dementia and their carers.
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.