November 26, 2014

Australian Ageing Agenda November-December 2014

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News feature
New dementia supplement ‘years in the making’
Correspondence between the Department of Social Services and Ministers Andrews and Fifield released under the Freedom of Information Act help shed light on the oversubscription and termination of the dementia supplement
p. 10-11 

AAG News
Next generation of researchers in the ageing field – profiles three young researchers and their projects
p. 12-13 

Industry View
Blueprint for a proposed new ACSA by Vaughan Harding p. 14
Call for political leadership – we should like to see the Federal Government show vision in the care and support of people with dementia and building and integrated health and aged care system, Patrick Reid
Let’s finish the job on reform – The sector should not be sitting around waiting for government to take the lead on individualized funding and uncapped supply by Ian Yates
Reframing the discussion – Federal budgetary pressures are not going to ease any time soon, so the need to think creatively about positive ageing solutions will go on by Mary Wood, p. 18 

Rock the boat
The full picture
If we’re serious about having true consumer choice on My Aged Care then seniors must be presented with information on all available services – and that includes those provided by private providers
p. 22 

Understanding the new order
With providers and consumers getting used to the 1 July changes, analysts are determining the new lay of the land in aged care finances
p. 24-25

Would you pay $87 million for a place to live?
Providers need to clearly articulate the value of what they are offering, as well as their point of difference, in order to effectively compete with the facility down the road
p. 26-27 

Unintended consequences
The law contains safeguards that aim to protect residents’ security of tenure in residential aged care, but new research shows that in some instances these measures can be detrimental to other residents and staff
p. 28-29 

‘How many walls to you see?’
The concept of an open and safe residential care facility is becoming a reality thanks to the emergence of new technologies – but there are several considerations
p. 30 -33 

In their own words
By considering the experiences and perspectives of residents we can identify the design features of aged care facilities that meet their needs and facilitate them to live their lives positively
p. 34-35

In conversation
Realising the ‘capability of the sector’
While research has been the tool of her trade for the past 40 years, Professor Barbara Horner tells Natasha Egan that it is the industry partnerships and the translation of that research into action that lights her fire
p. 36-37 

New Horizons in Aged Care
Bupa Aged Care continues to show what’s possible in aged care
p. 38-41 

Putting robots in their place
We owe it to those we care for to explore all the options before we resort to robots as personal companions
p. 42-43 

Bad buildings and challenging behaviours
When good design features are missing it’s much more likely that people with dementia will display excel BPSD as a result of the confusion and frustration caused by their environment
p. 44-45 

Models of care
New directions
From collaborations with acute and retirement living sectors to the development of new workforce approaches, aged care providers are pioneering future models of delivering care and services. AAA presents snapshots of three initiatives to watch.
p. 46-47 

Sprains and strains
Residential aged care was recently the target of a national campaign to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in the sector.  This article reports on the initial findings and explains why investing in staff wellbeing can also drive down injuries.
p. 48-51 

Caring for the mind
Mental health issues are under-addressed in aged care and there needs to be more mental health professionals who know about treating older people
p. 52 

LGBTI seniors in focus
As well as examining the impacts of discrimination on health and wellbeing, the inaugural National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference showcased inclusive services being adopted by providers
p. 57

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