The Albanese Government’s 10-Year Dementia Action Plan is aiming for greater public awareness of dementia, and excellent post-diagnostic support for those living with the condition, as well as their carers. However, many in the sector are concerned that it fails to address a range of royal commission rcommendations, particularly in regards to human rights of people living with dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to several leading advocacy body heads.
A new program to be launched next month is the first in-person, community-focussed course to provide practical and effective education to improve knowledge and confidence for those caring for someone in their last days, weeks, or months of life.
Leading virus expert, Burnet Institute's Professor Brendan Crabb, has called for greater support for people affected by long COVID, warning those with the condition have felt abandoned by the Federal Government.
Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.
The continuation of once-in-a-generation aged care reform following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is critical in being able to achieve the kind of care and support older Australians both need and deserve, the Aged & Community Care Providers Association says.
Australia is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID for 2022, with the number of people hospitalised with COVID trending to levels seen in winter and ongoing high levels of deaths. New COVID waves are expected to occur every three to four months for some time.
Colin Osborne is the CEO of Peninsula Villages on the NSW Central Coast, which accommodates 300 residents across its three residential care facilities. He's keen to highlight the mounting issues - increased expenses, PPE, quality control measures and a lack of workers - that face aged care in the current climate.
In response to the horror stories of abuse and neglect from the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the new Federal Labor government has made legislative changes. Prior to this, Australia’s most recent aged-care reforms were enacted a decade ago. The focus, however, is still largely on residential care homes, so what about older Australians in the broader community?