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Government seeks to explain aged care restrictive practice act amendments as concerns and objections voiced

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

New free trade agreement could keep Australia’s aged care industry shackled indefinitely

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

Please explain: What is a booster and why do I need one?

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.

Evidence-based music use is a fundamental component of meeting the aged care quality standards – it’s time it was recognised as such

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.

Our older Aussies are using video-gaming to help with “cognitive elasticity” and potentially ward off dementia

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'.

Ongoing restrictions in aged care are causing untold anxiety and pain for residents: feature

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.

How increased communication from aged care organisations can deliver safer, more holistic, and quicker patient care  

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.

Stakeholders at loggerheads regarding AN-ACC and future allied health provision in aged care

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.

The fluffy robotic companion pets bringing laughter, play and so much more to many in aged care

Loneliness, depression and dementia in older Australians are all too often treated with pharmaceutical interventions. But in the wake of the Royal Commission, which identified...

Only 3.8 per cent of Australian aged care homes would meet new mandatory minimum staffing standards: new research

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.

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