September 16, 2014

Australian Ageing Agenda - September October 2014

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  • Provider strikes overseas recruitment deal – Ethno-specific aged care provider Fronditha Care has been given the green light to sponsor 60 overseas care workers
  • TLC’s ‘new model’ for care – integrating aged care with primary healthcare for continuity of care
  • Fresh calls for registration of care workers
  • New national Elder Abuse Hub in development
  • ‘Generous gift’ for homeless seniors –Peter and Lyndy White Foundation donates $7.5 million
Alternatives to axed supplement in the works
The national Aged Care Alliance is reviewing options on what should replace the scrapped $110 million dementia supplement
p. 12-13
How inclusive are you?
Older LGBTI people look out for subtle messages, either positive or negative from prospective providers as they need to be extra vigilant about how they will be treated by aged care services
p. 14-15
Industry View – p. 16-20
Aged and Community Services Australia – Our workforce white paper identifies issues of concern that providers and the industry must address by John Kelly CEO, ACSA
Leading Age Services Australia – Residents were dealt a blow by the removal of the dementia supplement, and despite the wider expertise of LASA members being on hand, it is still not being used by the department by Patrick Reid CEO, LASA
Retirement Living Council – A national seniors housing strategy, with a focus on the supply of affordable housing built to support independence, would help address budgetary pressures and increase quality of life by Mary Wood, executive director RLC
Consumer View - COTA
The payroll tax decision creates sovereign risk, but the severe behaviours supplement is a different issue and the sector needs to consider why it blew out by Ian Yates CEO, COTA
P. 22
State focus – WA
Services providers, peak bodies and independent experts are all warning of a looming crisis in the provision of accommodation for WA’s increasing older population
p. 24-25
Understanding ageing in public policy
The resurrected Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing prepares to release its Blueprint for an Ageing Australia
p. 26-27
Rock the Boat
Time for a big shift in thinking
In order for organisations to truly adopt a consumer focus, those in charge need to ask themselves how they are empowering their care workers to find their voice
p. 28
HQ - Lessons in viability
Growing pains
No organization wants to be faced with closure, and no community wants to lose its local aged care facility, but that’s exactly where many aged care providers could find themselves if they fail to adapt
p. 30-35
Making the leap
Aged care organisations are considering all their options as they attempt to navigate the new operational landscape. For almost all this will mean huge structural and operational change. Two providers discuss the different paths they took, and offer advice following their strategic decisions.
p. 36-37
Eyeing the market
With both major political parties agreeing that home equity release schemes
Are best left to the private financial services sector to operate we look at the products currently available
p. 38-39
Making it count
With providers needing to account to consumers for all indirect service costs, many are asking whether their models need a refresh to bring them into the new world
p. 40-41
In conversation
‘An opportunity to innovate’
The scale of sector change is such it’s time to throw out the traditional management structure and empower frontline staff says RDNS chief executive Stephen Muggleton.
p. 42-43
The better life choice
Goodwin, Canberra’s largest and oldest aged care service provider has much to celebrate in its 60th anniversary year. 
p. 44-47
End of life
Bringing peace of mind
Advance care planning at Montefiore is offering residents an opportunity to influence their end-of-life care wishes
p. 48
Palliative care
‘In the place of their choice’
Community aged care workers are being upskilled in palliative care as part of an integrated approach to supporting more people to die at home
p. 50-52
The choice of dying at home
A recent ABC report on the Palliative Care Home Support Program in NSW was a poignant and powerful testimony to the concept of living well right to the very end
p. 54-55
Rural and remote
Making the difference
To address the unique challenges faced by organisations operating in the rural and remote areas, a 20 per cent boost to the Viability Supplement was headline measure in the recent Federal Budget.  AAA speaks to the chief executives of three rural and remote providers to discover what impact the funding will have on their services.
p. 56-59
‘A different realm’
The social role of the arts has been a running theme throughout the career of actor and drama educator Maurie Barlin.  How as a performer with the Arts Health Institute he has turned to the power of art as therapy.
p. 60

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