The continuation of once-in-a-generation aged care reform following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is critical in being able to achieve the kind of care and support older Australians both need and deserve, the Aged & Community Care Providers Association says.
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.
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.
Mandating more frequent super payments in the May Budget would end Australia’s multi-billion-dollar unpaid super rip off while potentially also boosting investment returns for millions of workers who get all their legal entitlements, new analysis shows.
With confirmation of a new wave of COVID-19 case numbers among aged care residents in many parts of the country, ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson says staff and visitors to aged care homes must remain vigilant and take every precaution to protect older people.
Colin Osborne is the CEO of Peninsula Villages on the NSW Central Coast, which accommodates 300 residents across its three residential care facilities. He's keen to highlight the mounting issues - increased expenses, PPE, quality control measures and a lack of workers - that face aged care in the current climate.
Earlier this year, Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) and Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) dissolved to form Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA). In mid-September former Victorian Healthcare Association CEO Tom Symondson was announced as the inaugural head of ACCPA. BIANCA ROBERTS sat down last week for a chat with one of the sector's instantly most important people.
Consensus is the Federal Budget offers much for the aged care sector and its workers, but home care providers are concerned it doesn't address the inflationary pressures that are reducing the value of home care packages in real terms, and threatening the viability of smaller providers. BIANCA ROBERTS reports