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.
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.
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.
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
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modern advances have been made in the provision of aged care in recent decades, many facilities remain mired in outdated, regimented and paternalistic ways.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
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.