Telehealth was a vital alternative to in-person medical consultations during the COVID lockdowns, but recent changes to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and a lack of high speed, wireless internet connections that are accessible to aged care residents and their families has resulted in a poor uptake of telehealth in the sector. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted with CEO and founder of Coviu, Australia’s leading telehealth service provider, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer.
The new AN-ACC funding model for residential aged care is just six months from implementation, and while many believe it to be a promising improvement on the much-derided outgoing ACFI model, others have sticking points that require answers. BIANCA ROBERTS investigates
The Australian Physiotherapy Association says there is light at the end of the tunnel regarding the suspected “death of allied health” provision in residential aged care - a feared consequence of perceived holes in new funding instrument, the AN-ACC. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
The rights of older people have been neglected for too long, SCOTT WILLIS says. Every recipient of health services should have access to evidence-based treatments and support but the current prescriptive funding of residential aged care services, in place since 2007, is woefully inadequate.
The Australian Department of Health, researchers and allied health practitioners are at odds in the debate surrounding the perceived effectiveness of the new funding tool for services in residential aged care.
Allied health educators are calling for an increase in community-based care to keep hospitals and emergency departments functioning as more people are affected by chronic health conditions, including the lingering effects of COVID-19.
Concerned members of the public, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and others who work in nursing homes are joining together in a grassroots campaign to stop the death of allied health in aged care.