July 17, 2014

Australian Ageing Agenda July-August 2014

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  • Changes to Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement after cost blow out
  • Federal Government continues with block funding on Home Support programs rather than moving to a mixed funding model.
  • Implementing the Productivity Commission’s proposed equity release scheme and equal treatment of assets would remove inequities
  • Win some, lose some – praise and criticism for the Coalition Governments first Federal Budget
  • Concern over plan to fold the AIHW into a new super agency
  • Co-payment will negatively impact older people and residents of aged care facilities
  • Calls for a national approach to elder abuse
  • Workers’ mental health at risk
  • Closing the gap with UnitingCare Ageing’s  indigenous employment plan
Industry view ACSA
If we are to care for the most vulnerable members of our community long in the future, we need to make plans now writes John Kelly CEO, Aged and Community Services Australia
Industry view LASA
While we were pleased to see the return of the workforce supplement funding, it only brings the industry back in line with funding that was removed in 2012 writes Patrick Reid CEO, Leading Age Services Australia
Consumer view COTA
The biggest sleeper for this Budget for providers is the proposed cut to pension indexation from September 2017 writes Ian Yates CEO, COTA
Industry view RLC
Maintaining high standards is crucial to securing the future of the retirement living sector writer Mary Wood Executive Director, Retirement Living Council 

State focus Tasmania
Strength in numbers
With a shrinking workforce in the state, aged services in Tasmania are forced to compete with the health and disability sectors for staff, but stakeholders have decided their future lies in collaboration
p. 18-19
Students see opportunities in aged care – pilot program for Year 10 & 11 students
p. 20
A taxing problem for providers
p. 21 

While the need to ‘bed down’ the current suite of reforms is becoming something of a mantra for the Assistant Minister for social Services, it’s clear Mitch Fifield is open to, if not actively considering, some of the more ambitious proposals to change aged care
p. 22-23

Inside My Aged Care
A key element of the reforms, aged care’s gateway for information and access marks its one year anniversary in July.  The author visited the contact centre and heard from its staff about the service being provided.
p. 24-25 

Stigmas shrouded in silence
Are we inadvertently responsible for the high number of Australians dying through suicide in old age?
p. 26-27

Our report card
Following AAA’s in-depth report last issue on research in aged care, Benetas chief executive Sandra Hills discusses her organisation’s ambitious research agenda, the progress made and the challenges ahead.
p. 28 

Transition advice
With just a year until all home care packages need to be delivered on a CDC basis, those in the know give some timely advice for organisations not yet prepared.
p. 30-32
No time to waste
If you haven’t started delivering consumer-directed home care packages, get practicing because from July 2015 it is CDC or bust.  Tips from two providers already embracing the CDC way.
p. 34-35

Aged care service gets five stars
Looking for an aged care provider with a vision for the future? Then look no further, Arcare has what it takes when it comes to progressive residential and home care.  The organization is pioneering a new approach to elder care with some inspiring results.
p. 36-39 

A half century of knowledge
As the Australian Association of Gerontology celebrates its 50th anniversary, AAA presents a special report on the association’s evolution and the important influence it has had on ageing research, policy and practice.
p. 40-47 

Clinical education & training -  What you need to know
AAA presents expert advice on:
  • Infection control
  • Diabetes
  • Medication Management
  • Palliative care
  • Wound care
  • Mental health
  • Continence care
  • p. 48-53
Creating a compliance culture
Regulatory compliance training for aged care staff must be supported by a leadership team that models the values and behaviours they wish to see in their staff
p. 54
Let’s talk about sex
A highlight of HammondCare’s International Dementia Conference in late June was a panel discussion on sexuality and people with dementia
p. 55 

The simplest pleasures
After more than 35 years in the food industry Maggie Beer has turned her attention to advocacy and set her sights on aged care.
p. 56-58
Bringing dignity back to modified meals
Innovations in moulded texture-modified food are not only having profound impacts on residents’ wellbeing and interest in food but also boosting the morale of catering and care staff.
p. 60-62

Health data up your sleeve
As wearable health and fitness technology becomes ubiquitous and interoperable, the more useful the health and fitness data it collects will be for controlling your health
p. 64-66

Giving voice to stories of ageing
Theatre-maker and director Brienna Macnish has turned to ageing in her latest work.  She tells how artistic projects can help communities to begin a conversation about late life and confront the taboo of ageing.
p. 68

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