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Let’s Rethink Diabetes: The less known impacts for those living with this common condition

During National Diabetes Awareness Week we acknowledge that the disease increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and lower limb amputation. However, Diabetes Australia has launched a new campaign, Let’s Rethink Diabetes, to raise awareness for a less recognised impact of the condition: reduced mental health due to the negative stigma surrounding it. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Vic Govt’s four-year cross-department roadmap to enhance elders’ wellbeing

A new, four year roadmap released by the Victorian Government outlines its vision to tackle priority issues faced by seniors, including social connection, the digital divide, reducing ageism and using healthcare advances to improve the health of older people. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

ACWIC head buoyed by new Govt’s willingness to listen re: aged care crisis

ACWIC CEO Louise O’Neill sat down last week with Federal Labor's new assistant minister for health and aged care, Ged Kearney, to discuss the current crisis in aged care and what the Govt is doing to right the ship. BIANCA ROBERTS caught up with O'Neill for a chat about the meeting.

Medication reviews are frustratingly rare, more onsite pharmacies will hopefully change that

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has linked medication reviews to a lower risk of death for aged care residents, yet studies show that only one in five aged care residents ever receive a medication review from a pharmacist. BIANCA ROBERTS investigates

Real World Games’ gold medal performance helping physical and mental health

The Real World Games, conducted by Guide Healthcare, saw more than 250 aged care residents from 15 residential aged care facilities across the country compete in four weeks’ worth of strength and mobility challenges. It has delivered both physical and mental health benefits in equal measure. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Getting the best people into our aged care workforce – and keeping them there: a special feature

Despite the royal commission providing a number of recommendations, an ideal aged care system seems as far out of reach as it's ever been. With limited capacity to respond stemming from workforce shortages and restrictive government budgets, how does the sector attract quality, long-term workers and hold on to them? BIANCA ROBERTS chats to a few stakeholders about how we move forward from here.

COTA VIC’s bite-size exercise program to have Aussies Living Longer Living Stronger

Mish Wright is coordinator of COTA VIC’s Living Longer Living Stronger program. The initiative helps to break down the intimidating nature of exercise in older age by shaping the notion of a workout into bite-size activities. It's working a treat. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New financial year will provide small gains for workers, as providers lament worsening financial prospects

The new financial year will come with added government supports for the country’s lowest paid workers, inflation-levelling 5.2 per cent pay increase and scrapped super threshold. Aged care providers. in contrast, are lamenting that they have been left behind. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.

Inside Everybody’s Oma – the doco on family, hope, love and learning while living with dementia

Accumulating more than 140,000 followers, the Oma’s Applesauce Facebook page has for the past few years shared Hendrika Van Genderen’s journey with dementia through a series of short video clips taken by her filmmaker son, Jason Van Genderen. Those clips, an inspiration to millions online, have now been woven together into a powerful, feature length film titled Everybody’s Oma. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted to Jason about the project.

Providers under growing financial pressure and in need of Govt assistance: Sadler

ACCPA Interim CEO Paul Sadler has told Aged Care News that many providers could be forced out of the sector without Government funding that will allow them to meet the increasing costs of providing quality care and support. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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