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The Centre for
Health Brain Ageing at the University of NSW is seeking support for a new initiative
that aims to ramp up dementia research through a mega-database of
international research and a large Australian prevention trial.
by NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre will determine the true costs of
in Canberra for pre-Budget lobbying
for single system – strong statements in support of a consolidated home support and
home care package program
Call for integrated approach to young people
aged care has become the default option for many young people with severe
disabilities requiring high levels of care and support.A Senate inquiry is currently examining some
of the solutions to this long-standing problem.
Facing the fear
initiatives have conveyed an important message for aged care staff to seek to
understand what is happening from the point of view of the person with
Unfolding changes warrant greater scrutiny
Australia moves towards a deregulated aged care market, one based on greater
competition, international and local research suggests that we need to closely
monitor the impacts on quality.But the
lack of good data in Australia will compound the challenge, writes Dr Richard
issue: should government caps on aged care places be lifted?
The art of the deal
and acquisition activity in Australian aged care last year eclipsed the pre-GFC
period. Having been involved in several of those transactions, Cam Ansell
shares the characteristics of an efficient due diligence process, and the
pitfalls to avoid.
Does the 28-day rule prevent residents
deciding to pay a RAD before entry?
the department is seeking to interpret the law in a manner consistent with the
policy intention that prospective residents are not denied a place because they
choose to pay by a DAP, it is doubtful that the legislative provisions are as
restrictive as they suggest
Portraits of emerging leaders
age diversity has been a longstanding challenge facing aged care boards.Darragh O’Keeffe profiles four professionals
who are involved in a young leaders program in the sector and have some big
ideas for aged care.
Making it in the market
aged care NFPs, the need to compete in a market-based sector presents a
profound challenge – how to maintain commercial viability while fulfilling
their mission.Two advisors tell why a
focus on purpose should be the primary driver.
Going after quality – as I lives depend on
consistently safe, high quality care in aged care is not easy.Dr Cathy Balding outlines five actions aged
care board members can take to achieve strategic quality governance.
Speaking up: it’s what we do around here
of mistreatment and poor outcomes in residential aged care have been back in
the news lately. AAA asks organizational psychologists with experience in the
sector to share their insights into how providers can create a culture where
staff feel supported and safe making a report to management.
government open to considering some of the more ambitious proposals put forward
by the Productivity Commission in 2011, sector stakeholders are now determining
what measures they want on the table.Here, one of the report’s co-authors Sue Macri tells why she thinks the PC’s recommendations on the
uncapping of places and quality of training must feature in the next phase of
Benetas – putting the customer at the centre
by extensive research with its customers and their families, as well as staff,
Benetas is pioneering a new Customer Experience Model that aims to redefine how
aged care meets the needs and preferences of seniors.
‘Emotional intelligence key to care’
Sheard has a passionate and uncompromising stance on dementia care.AAA meets the instigator of the Butterfly
Care Home ahead of his Australian speaking tour in June
What is the story with dementia-friendly
last few years there has been much discussion about the aim to create more
dementia-friendly communities.But what
does this mean and what is happening in practice? To help us understand we
asked three contributors to share their thoughts:Carol
Bennett, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia; Philly Hare, program manager ‘Dementia
without Walls’ and Agnes Houston, vice chair European Person With Dementia
Empathy is key to alleviating worrying
research indicating 90 per cent of people with dementia will experience one or
more behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), it is essential
that aged care staff know how to respond.Judi Weaver, senior dementia care
advisor with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, explains why these symptoms occur and outlines
some strategies to alleviate them. p. 48-49
Building and refurb
Facilities of the future
addition to meeting current tastes and preferences, a core consideration for
Australian architects and builders is that aged care facilities must function
to support new and emerging models of care.AAA profiles three projects that do just that.
Volunteering’s rich rewards
counsellor and author on grandparenting Helene Gonski has devoted much of the
last few years to volunteering in aged care.She recounts the great friendships she has made and the reciprocal
benefits of volunteering.