In the May-June edition of Australian Ageing Agenda magazine we are looking at information and communications technology, infection control and clinical education and training.

Whether you’re an old hand or a new kid on the block, you are almost definitely now using video conferencing across your aged care organisation including in your residential care facilities.

COVID-19 has brought us all social distancing and working from home requirements along with additional visitor restrictions for the sector.

Everything from leadership meetings to family catch ups and health consultations are now taking place over video.

We will talk to aged care executives and technology and industry providers the opportunities and challenges including:

  • getting the most out of your ICT network and systems
  • addressing connectivity and conferencing challenges
  • tips for leaders and managers meeting remotely
  • web conferencing security

Infection control

While infection control has always been a core focus for residential aged care providers, this focus has been intensified since the coronavirus pandemic begun.

And this intensified focus looks sure to continue for the foreseeable future.

Next edition will present an update on how aged care infection control measures are doing in the fight to prevent COVID-19 from entering and taking hold in aged care facilities.

We will also speak to the experts about the best-practice infection control and hygiene measures that all frontline workers should be using.

Clinical education and training

There are a variety of options available for aged care workers looking for professional development to both increase their scope of practice in their current role or to develop their career in an upward or sideways direction.

In the next issue, we will highlight new approaches and courses in aged care clinical education and training including online options that aim to help aged care staff increase their skills and reach their career goals.

If you have a story to tell or expertise to share on these topics, please get in touch.

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  1. The graphic at the head of this item is the same kind of image we get all the time: a glamorous woman, in her late 50s im guessing, thin, elegant – almost none of us recipients of aged care look like her. It looks like she’s a model from an American ad. I feel no connection with her. It may be hard to source appropriate images but please don’t be part of the cultural problem of pushing real people off to the margins.

  2. Thanks for the feedback. I get your point. From my point of view, the people in the image are meant to be members of the aged care workforce during a videconfernce team meeting, not aged care recipients.

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