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December 02, 2015
Australian Ageing Agenda November/December 2015
A problematic affair
Addressing one of the fundamentalcriticisms of aged care, the My Aged Care
gateway was established to streamline access for consumers, but recent
experiences show there are still significant issues to be resolved.
A taxing issue
With tax reform back on the agenda, the author considers the
likelihood and possible implications should state and federal government decide
to introduce a goods and services tax (GST) in aged care.
Preparing for the
As aged care facilities face many issues in managing
critical incidents the article outlines the steps providers can take before,
during and after an incident.
At the frontline of
An outline of approaches for timely recognition and
management of pain in residents and the important role that personal care
workers can play.
Source of support
It is critical that residential aged care is equipped to
care for the old and dying, but insufficient resources and workforce issues add
to the challenge.
When to start?
The challenge facing care providers is how to use the
available evidence to integrate a general palliative care approach into
services face review
The government has raised the prospect of a new national
advocacy service for aged care clients, but the existing state-based agencies
are being backed by key stakeholders in arguing for the status quo – with some
Specialised mediation and counselling services may help
resolve conflict between older people, families and aged care staff in a way
that preserves relationships. The article explores how these services are
taking off for seniors across Australia.