Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck has been given the aged care portfolio in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ministry reshuffle.
Aged care stakeholders have congratulated the re-elected Morrison government but reiterated calls for a Cabinet position for the sector’s minister and urgent action on key issues.
Mobile tablets will be handed out to 650 seniors to help them chat with volunteers, friends and family in a new program designed to combat loneliness in the community.
The national spiritual care and ageing peak body has received $544,000 to help aged care staff meet their obligations for spiritual care under the new standards and empower consumers about their rights.
The Australian Labor Party has promised $100 million to expand access to culturally appropriate residential aged care for seniors from multicultural backgrounds if elected to government.
The Morrison Government has announced funding for a national trial of an Australian-developed pain recognition app for aged care residents with dementia.
State-run aged care facilities in South Australia will take part in a $500,000 trial of surveillance and monitoring systems under a federally-funded initiative commencing in the second half of this year.
National peak and advocacy organisations representing aged care and culturally diverse consumers are the latest recipients of aged care funding in the Morrison Government’s post-budget cash splash.
Four regional CHSP assessment organisations will take part in a $29 million reablement trial designed to help older Australians remain in their homes.
The preparatory work for a new serious incident scheme for aged care announced in this week’s budget includes developing a consultation paper, further research and legislative amendments.
The federal government is providing $300,000 to develop a learning framework to support cultural training for aged care nurses.
Residential aged care providers need to ensure assessment by an approved person and document alternative alternative options tried before physical or chemical restraint can be used from 1 July.
A government-commissioned report recommends a broader range of reportable incidents in aged care and outlines five options for a new serious incident scheme, three of which apply across all settings.
The federal government has announced the locations and funding round for 12 new specialist dementia care units and the allocation of a further two units to HammondCare.