Proposed amendments to federal aged care legislation will prevent legal challenges to residential aged care facility providers implementing restrictive practices, where consent has been given prior. Aged care advocates have concerns. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a free trade agreement between Australia and 14 other Indo-Pacific countries. It is being called the 'largest free deal in the world’, but aged care advocates are worried it will keep the aged care industry chained to inadequate and antiquated standards. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
A high COVID-19 vaccination rate is allowing even the hardest-hit Australian states to begin to return to normal. But why do we need a third shot? Professor Janaki Amin, from the Macquarie University Department of Health Systems and Population, explains.
Music is the universal language and with skill and care can be a powerful ally in aged care. Staff need to be trained and educated to feel comfortable and capable of using music in a way that's driven by evidence, rather than by a sense of, 'oh, this is fun - let's put a CD on and hope that cheers everybody up'. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.
New research out of Bond University and the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has revealed that these days Nan and Pop are every bit as likely to be joining in the fun of video gaming as children, teenagers or 40-year-old 'big kids'.
While much of Australia is beginning to enjoy post-lockdown free movement and association, it is yet to be a reality for the thousands of older Australians living in residential aged care facilities. As BIANCA ROBERTS reports, it’s a situation that is dire, with harms borne by ongoing restrictions, in place despite no presence of COVID, causing lasting damage to the health and wellbeing of residents.
The healthcare sector has seen many lifesaving developments stem from technology over the past 10 years. From the improvement of telehealth for remote communities to the implementation of digital patient histories. However, there are still gaps in this gradual automation process.
The Australian Department of Health, researchers and allied health practitioners are at odds in the debate surrounding the perceived effectiveness of the new funding tool for services in residential aged care.
One of the most significant outcomes from the aged care royal commission was the Federal Government’s commitment this year to mandate minimum staffing levels in residential aged care homes by 2023. Our study shows only a tiny fraction of aged care homes would already comply with the new requirements.