The Department of Health has announced that secretary Glenys Beauchamp is retiring and chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy as her successor.
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The Federal Government has announced medication management and education initiatives to reduce chemical restraint in aged care as part of a $500 million-plus response to the royal commission’s interim report.
The government has announced 10,000 additional home care packages and new targets to get people with disability out of aged care facilities.
The federal and state health ministers have made medicine safety a national priority in the wake of the aged care royal commission’s interim findings.
The groups representing Australia’s pharmacists and community pharmacies have backed the aged care royal commission’s calls to strengthen medication review program.
The government has announced a $3 million funding boost to support the national programs for training the aged care workforce and supporting facilities to better manage dementia-related behaviours.
A Queensland University of Technology project has secured $1.9 million to roll out a tailored staff training program in 12 aged care facilities that aims to the reduce unnecessary hospitalisations of residents.
A research institute at Macquarie University has secured $1.8 million to develop a digital dashboard to help aged care providers monitor quality indicators and improve the health and wellbeing of residents.
Also in this wrap: Curtin University establishes dementia research centre; RAAFA WA announces next stage of development; and Catholic Healthcare commences construction of retirement living facility.
The first of 35 new Specialist Dementia Care Units for people whose symptoms are too severe to be adequately cared for by mainstream services is expected to start receiving residents this year.
A bone health lifestyle management resource has been produced for the one-in-three Australians aged fifty and over who suffer from osteoporosis.
The Federal Government is working with industry and the Opposition on a bipartisan short-term plan to increase residential aged care funding.
The federal government is ordering all residential care providers to supply their staff with a flu vaccine to curb aged care influenza.
Head to Health, a new government website connects Australians with trusted digital and phone mental health resources.