The Morrison Government has announced funding for a national trial of an Australian-developed pain recognition app for aged care residents with dementia.
In the forthcoming March-April edition of Australian Ageing Agenda we put the focus on nutrition, including how aged care facilities can improve the quality of the food they serve, pain management, workforce recruitment and retention and allied health.
Allied health professionals certified with limited registration from their professional body are eligible to provide complex pain management services in residential aged care, the Department of Health has ruled.
The health department has withdrawn its recent advice concerning allied health professionals with limited registration and pain management services in aged care while it consults with the sector.
Allied health professionals have raised concerns over a health department clarification about pain management claims by providers, saying it means they may have to let some workers go.
Use of analgesics and related medications is widespread in the residential aged care, according to a new study by pharmacists working in the sector.
Differences in male and female experiences of illness and pain may not be sufficiently understood in treatment of aged care residents, according to a new review.
The revised residential care funding tool contains fewer and simplified questions, introduces a new therapy program for pain management and suggests external assessment options, the government-commissioned report released this week shows.
Australian developer ePAT Technologies has partnered with Dementia Support Australia for a pilot that will see 150 expert consultants across Australia using its new pain recognition app with up to 5,000 people with dementia each year.
A point-of-care assessment app designed to help detect pain in people with dementia has gained approval for use as a medical device in Australia and Europe.
The peak body representing Australian physiotherapists has urged the government to improve the choice and scope of physiotherapy services for aged care residents.
The Federal Government announces changes to how it will achieve savings of $1.2 billion in aged care funding by adjusting some of the controversial measures contained in its May budget.
The peak body for physiotherapists is calling on the Federal Government to fund contemporary pain management therapies in residential aged care, including exercise, and overhaul the funding instrument to support restorative care practices.
Residential aged care providers may be more effectively recognising and managing pain among people with dementia than they have been in the past, according to a forthcoming study.