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Industry & Reform

Lyons announces resignation as ACWIC chair

Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) chair Libby Lyons has resigned, citing a belief that now is the right time for her to pass on the leadership of the not-for-profit organisation.

ACWIC calls for pay rise to tackle gendered aged care workforce

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) said it supports the call by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) for action to address Australia’s high levels of gender segregation in industries including aged care.

Australians young and old crying out for desperately needed mental health care reform

Older Australians are at high-risk for mental distress and suicide, yet their current level of support and care remains hopelessly inadequate. While it's imperative that government be proactive with measures to address the crisis, aged care providers and workers, too, have a vital role to play in improving the culture relating to mental health issues in this country. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to SANE Australia CEO Rachel Green in search of some answers.

Pacific Island labour milestone reached six months early

A scheme to expand the number of Pacific Islanders working in Australian industries such as agriculture and aged care has reached its target six months early.

Star rating for residential care raises accountability and transparency: expert

Elder Rights Advocacy has growing concerns for older Victorians who are currently living in aged care homes which have received a low star rating and are deemed substandard in the newly introduced Star Rating for residential services.

Brave Maria’s battle aided immeasurably by accessible aged and community care services

Not-for-profit support networks and charities are often a vital means for many elderly clients to maintain connections with community, no matter their health barriers. For cancer patient Maria Daly they proved irreplaceable. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Class action builds against retirement village operator, hundreds register interest

Australia’s largest class action yet against a retirement village operator and owner, Aveo Group Ltd, is set to be heard in the Federal Court in Melbourne from March 1.

‘As a nation, we can – and must – do better’ – the big push to deinstitutionalise aged care

While a plethora of much-needed modern advances have been made in the provision of aged care in recent decades, many facilities remain mired in outdated, regimented and paternalistic ways. OPAN has responded with its Deinstitutionalisation in Aged Care position statement, detailing a range of recommendations on how we can move towards person-centred models of care that are provided in the recipient’s own home, or a home-like setting. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Addressing super inequities could deliver 11 per cent boost to members’ retirement balance

National industry super fund HESTA says the May 2023 Federal Budget is an opportunity to deliver a fairer super system for women and low- and middle-income earners, with new HESTA modelling showing paying super on the Commonwealth Parental Leave Pay scheme and better targeting tax concessions could significantly improve the retirement balances of critical health and community services professionals.

Major provider announces several new acquisitions across New South Wales

BaptistCare has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire three aged care sites located in the Central West of NSW and South West Sydney from Tulich Family Communities.

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