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Lawyers and advocates unite in last minute bid to halt controversial restrictive practices bill

A bill tabled this week by new aged care minister Anika Wells, offering legal immunity to aged care providers and workers administering restrictive practices in ‘certain circumstances’, is, according to lawyers and advocates, a fundamental breach of human rights and requires urgent amendment before being passed. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

RMIT-Cisco Health Transformation Lab reveals potential for a futuristic response to aged care royal commission

The RMIT-Cisco Health Transformation Lab in Melbourne released a 42 page report yesterday, highlighting the use-case for smart-technologies as a means of reforming aged care quality. Aged Care News reporter BIANCA ROBERTS attended the launch, which showcased these technologies in action.

Dementia Australia CEO commends Government on aged care reform progress, highlights dementia-specific priorities

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has welcomed the Federal Government’s swift action in prioritising aged care in the first week of the new parliament.

As VAD is poised for nationwide legalisation, new research highlights doctors’ prediction quandary

For the last 25 years residents in the Northern Territory and the ACT have not been able to legally participate in Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). A private members bill to be presented to the new federal parliament could change that. New research, however, highlights the need for more work to be done to clarify the accuracy of terminal prognoses. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

‘Historic’ aged care amendment bill introduced to parliament

Minister for aged care Anika Wells introduced a bill into parliament today that, if passed, will enact reforms to three key areas of the aged care sector and aims to deliver on some of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety's most critical recommendations. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Experts answer hard questions on staying safe during winter as the COVID surge rumbles on

A group of leading Australian medical and epidemiological experts answer a variety of questions relating to how worrisome the new COVID variants are for public health and safety, and whether previous mandates should be reinstated. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

The harmful gap between aged and disability care has gone on for long enough: a special investigation

A lack of integrated thinking between aged and disability care has for some time now been the cause of a significant, harmful gap in care for our nation’s most vulnerable. BIANCA ROBERTS sits down with a range of stakeholders to discuss how things stand, how we got here, and, most importantly, how this unacceptable discrimination against elders with disabilities can be remedied.

Rural locum program a great opportunity for personal care assistants, nurses and managers

Aged care workers — be they personal care assistants, nurses or managers — are being offered subsidised travel and accommodation to work locum placements in rural and remote areas across Australia. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Polypharmacy is not an issue, inappropriate polypharmacy is the problem

According to a new AIHW report, more than a third of Australian aged care residents are taking nine or more prescription medications at once. For many this is a necessity, but it's important that this juggling act is properly monitored and managed. It's also important that pharmacists are available as a crucial check and balance within the aged care system. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Speaking the same language: the incredible importance of embedding linguistic services

New research from Canada has found that for older, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients, receiving care in their first language is not only good for their health and wellbeing, but that there are grave health consequences when it doesn't happen. Here in Australia, writer and translator Danijela Hlis says it's time for our government to accept responsibility and legislate, not simply recommend. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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