The new government faces a tough challenge in improving mental health. Very high psychological distress is rising most steeply in the middle-aged; more than doubling for women aged 55–64 from 2001–2018. Medicare spending and out-of-pocket mental health-care costs are increasing but those most needing care aren’t getting it.
The importance of developing aged care services that are inclusive for all elders was emphasised by the Older Person Advocacy Network (OPAN) in their latest webinar Who’s missing? Diversity and Inclusion in Aged Care on June 7. BIANCA ROBERTS tuned in
The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council has today launched a major new free online tool, specifically designed to support providers to establish a baseline understanding of their organisation’s workforce and lay a foundation for a sustainable workforce plan. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
You or a loved one in residential aged care may have concerns about personal or medical care, being adequately consulted about changes to care, or be concerned about charges on the latest bill. You could also be concerned about theft, neglect or abuse. Here’s how you can raise issues with the relevant person or authority to improve care and support.
Striking aged care workers are taking their fight direct to Southern Cross Care headquarters in Adelaide, the latest in a series of rolling stoppages. UWU's Carolyn Smith, says workers want to appeal to the provider’s executive team directly, but Southern Cross Care chief executive David Moran said it would be more appropriate for pressure to be applied on government, rather than individual providers. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Vittoria Primerano's carers in a Melbourne nursing home were so run off their feet they would forget to feed her. The Italian great-grandmother's daughter Maria Sampey decided to move her back home, one of thousands of Australians increasingly shunning aged-care services and instead turning to in-home supports for their loved ones.
Anika Wells, member for the Queensland electorate of Lilley, has emerged as the new Federal Minister for Aged Care. A rising star of the Australian Labor Party, the 36-year-old former lawyer has received the portfolio after three years in parliament. BIANCA ROBERTS reports