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Aged care subsidy indexation figure ‘dire news for providers’: ACCPA

Aged care providers are seeking an urgent explanation from the Federal Government following today’s 'extremely disappointing' announcement that subsidies paid by Government to providers to care for and support older Australians will increase by only 1.7 per cent during 2022-23.

Providers under growing financial pressure and in need of Govt assistance: Sadler

ACCPA Interim CEO Paul Sadler has told Aged Care News that many providers could be forced out of the sector without Government funding that will allow them to meet the increasing costs of providing quality care and support. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Butler on lookout for ways to urgently increase aged care winter booster rate

Health Minister Mark Butler has sought urgent advice on ways to boost the uptake of fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in aged-care facilities amid a rising number of deaths in the sector.

RACGP calls for urgent Albanese Government action on pressing telehealth issues

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has urged the new Federal Government to address some of the issues which have surfaced since the rollout and expansion of telehealth services in Australia.

“It’s too important to ignore”- PM Albanese declares healthcare system reform as top priority, vows to work cooperatively with states

Prioritising putting "patients at the centre", Prime Minster Anthony Albanese has vowed to cooperate with state and territory governments to reform the healthcare system from the ground up.

It’s time Govt provided meaningful increases to aged care supplements: home care provider

For Giovanni Siano, owner and director of home care provider Home Instead, the short-notice from Government on the indexation rate expected for subsidies covering the 2022/2023 financial year is hugely problematic. He fears that without a clear idea how much additional funding will be available, older persons receiving care, as well as the workers supporting them, will suffer as providers conservatively brace for the new financial year. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New quality of life measurer for those in home and community-based aged care gets thumbs up

A new type of ‘Quality of Life’ assessment tool developed by Flinders University to provide contemporary and comprehensive measurement of elders' wellbeing, has been put to the test and passed with flying colours. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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

RACGP welcomes winter COVID-19 booster expansion

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the expansion of the COVID-19 winter booster program.

Reforms required to enable more equitable economic outcomes for working women

Economics experts from RMIT University say it’s high time for reforms to enable more equitable economic outcomes for Australian women. Data shows that 106,800 Australian women want to work but cannot due to childcare responsibilities, but many more are working part-time despite wishing to reengage full time with their careers. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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