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Mental distress is rising, especially for low-income middle-aged women

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.

Webinar on helping older persons from diverse backgrounds feel welcomed and valued

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

NSW premier rectifies palliative care let-down with timely $743m fix

Palliative care in NSW will receive a $743 million boost as Premier Dominic Perrottet makes good on his promise to fix end-of-life care, making amends for failing on the issue when treasurer.

Internationally acclaimed stroke researcher appointed to new chair role at UWA

Distinguished neurologist Professor Graeme Hankey has been appointed as the inaugural Perron Institute Chair in Stroke Research at the University of Western Australia.

New free online ACWIC tool to aid workers and providers with workforce planning

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

NARI PD workshop: an introduction to the Australian aged care system

Next Tuesday (June 14, 9.30am to 12pm), the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) will host a half-day workshop on an introduction to the Australian aged care system. 

How to complain about aged care and get the result you want

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 workers target providers by taking protests to their headquarters

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

Thousands shunning ‘broken’ aged care system and turning to in-home support

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.

Sector optimism greets new aged care minister, who’s keen to get on with pay rises

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

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