Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.
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.
An independent evaluation of a recent national advertising campaign led by Palliative Care Australia adds further weight to the need for greater investment in the palliative care workforce and services.
Wealthier Australians should contribute more for their aged care to make sure providers can remain open and the sector can survive to provide for those who can least afford it, Catholic Health Australia, says.
The Australian College of Nursing has called on the Government to support the nursing profession in delivering COVID-19 vaccines in residential aged care facilities and residential disability facilities.
The number of COVID-19 cases across the nation continues to drop, with daily deaths falling to their lowest in more than a year. Data from aged-care facilities also showed positive signs, with outbreaks dropping across every state and jurisdiction.
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.