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Aged care needs to re-think young leadership initiatives: peer network

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oung professionals and industry veterans are collaborating to tackle the long-standing issue of aged care sector support for aspiring leaders. The aged care industry is failing to attract enough young people to work in the sector as that proportion of the workforce has remained largely static in recent years. And ne...

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The Aged Care Channel (ACC) is offering a free educational tv program to learn to recognise the signs of elder abuse and know what to do in cases of suspected abuse.

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Named Abuse: Recognising and Reporting,the program is aimed at home care providers, managers, direct care workers, co-ordinators, case managers and anyone interested in the well-being and care of older people in the community. The World Health Organisation’s World Report on Ageing and Health indicates that older adults frequ...

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Protecting people with dementia in hospital

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The identifier is part of the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program (DCHP) and endorsed by Alzheimer’s Australia. The program, developed at Ballarat Health Services, aims to improve awareness and communication with people with dementia and their families, to ensure they get the appropriate care in hospital. It involves a targeted trainin...

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Nutrition on the menu for seniors

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The global awareness week, held from 14-20 March, aims to shine a light on the importance of nutrition and hydration within health and social care settings. VMCH catering services manager Ellis Wilkinson describes hydration and nutrition as “critically important” for seniors in aged care. “As we age we can lose our appetite ...

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BrainyApp makeover to train your brain

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After more than 370,000 downloads globally since its launch in 2011, this fresh, new version of BrainyApp, the dementia risk-reduction innovation from Alzheimer’s Australia and the Bupa Health Foundation, has been re-released to coincide with Brain Awareness Week 2016, held from 14-21 March. BrainyApp is based on scientific research that l...

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Sony Medical launches new SRG-120DS full-HD pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras

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SYDNEY, 11 February 2016 – With the latest addition of the SRG-120DS, Sony offers a total of six full-HD pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras under the SRG series. The all-in-one compact and lightweight design makes these cameras easy to install in a variety of locations while integrating seamlessly to different ...

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$5.79 million to support aged care in rural and remote communities

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The Commonwealth today announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative. Minister for Aged Care, Sussan Ley, said this investment in our smaller rural and remote communities makes it easier for older Australians to stay connecte...

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New Aged Care Complaints Commissioner gets to work

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Australia’s ‘independent’ Aged Care Complaints Commissioner starts work this week, to handle and investigate any complaint relating to a Commonwealth subsidised residential or home-based aged care service. Supported by a team of 150 people in multiple sites across the country, Ms Rae Lamb has assumed powers for dealing with age...

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Discount PBS Prescriptions Start Jan 1

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Today marks the start of landmark competition reforms in the medicines sector, whereby pharmacists are able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for the first time. Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced today consumers could now access discounts of up to $1 on every PB...

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ACCC Panadol Osteo

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I have asked my Department to urgently alert the ACCC to plans by the makers of Panadol Osteo to increase their price by 50 per cent on January 1 2016. There are no obvious market changes that justify such a substantial increase. This includes changes to the listing of a small number (15 per cent) of over-the-counter medicines on the Pharmace...

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