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Dietitians ready to support Govt to serve up better food and nutrition in aged care

Dietitians Australia says it has been pleasing to hear the Prime Minister and Minister for Aged Care voice their commitment to improving food and nutrition as part of their five-point plan for turning aged care around in Australia.

PM says minimum wage rise the right decision, business groups disagree

The Fair Work Commission's decision to increase the minimum wage by 5.2 per cent was the correct one,  despite the concerns raised by business groups, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

Tasmania to begin phase-out of mandatory mask rules, including aged care

Tasmania will soon drop aged care, hospital, public transport and school mask mandates, and is set to welcome back large cruise ships in October.

New report says older Australians need more financial support during pandemic

Financial experts are encouraging pre-retirees to sharpen their financial skills as a new report from the University of South Australia shows that 31 per cent of older Australians (aged 55+ years) feel insecure about their financial futures, particularly amid the current pandemic.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day a chance for action on protecting our older Australians

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we take the opportunity to assess how far things have improved since the aged care royal commission delivered its frightening report on aged care. And how far we have to go. ALARM is bringing transparency and accountability to the sector by providing aged care residents a voice so that their complaints are heard and interests are represented.

Calling out physical, financial, and mental wrongdoing on Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder Abuse Action Australia co-chair Jenny Blakey says, “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to affirm the value of older people and their rights to be respected." BIANCA ROBERTS reports

OPAN panel discussion confronts disturbing epidemic of sexual assault in aged care

A devastating 530 incidences of sexual abuse were reported within residential aged care facilities in the last quarter of 2021. A panel discussion hosted by prominent journalist and feminist activist, Jane Caro, has examined awareness and the stamping out of the sexual abuse of elders across this country. BIANCA ROBERTS dialed in

General Homecare grows community of providers with the addition of NSW HSS

General Homecare has announced that NSW Home Support Services (HSS) will join the group, expanding their family of locally trusted care service organisations and the first in New South Wales.

‘Fixing the aged care crisis’ won’t be easy – just 5% of homes above mandatory staffing targets

In his election victory speech, PM Anthony Albanese pledged to “fix the crisis in aged care”. One of the biggest challenges facing the Government is addressing widespread staffing shortages. Only a fraction of aged care homes currently have staffing levels above new minimum ratios that will be mandatory from October next year.

New quality of life measurer for those in home and community-based aged care gets thumbs up

A new type of ‘Quality of Life’ assessment tool developed by Flinders University to provide contemporary and comprehensive measurement of elders' wellbeing, has been put to the test and passed with flying colours. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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