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OPAN report reveals system still with a long way to go responding to royal commission recommendations

The contents of a new qualitative report from the Older Person’s Advocacy Network paint a picture of a system that has a long way to go in realising the recommendations of the royal commission. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Inquest told St Basil’s resident a ‘breathing skeleton’

Jakov Pucar was like a "breathing skeleton" when he was admitted to hospital after he wasn't fed properly and contracted COVID-19 at his Melbourne aged care home, an inquest has been told.

New quality indicator pilot trial reliant on community input for success

A national consortium is now consulting with industry and community stakeholders regarding their new quality indicator pilot trial, to test the effectiveness of the health department's existing quality indicators for residential aged care, as well as inform the development of five similar quality indicators for in-home care services.

Recording of webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccinations in residential aged care now available

A recording of the live webinar on the COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care, held on 3 November 2021, is now available on the Department’s website.

Stakeholders at loggerheads regarding AN-ACC and future allied health provision in aged care

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.

Webinar series on aged care funding reforms begins September 23

On September 23, the Department of Health will kick off a series of webinars that relate specifically to funding changes associated with the Federal Government’s aged care reform.

COVID-19 vax webinar series for aged care workers kicks off

A series of jurisdiction-specific webinars on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for residential aged care workers will commence from tomorrow, Thursday, August 26.

Survey helping to evaluate aged care COVID-19 grief and trauma supports

The Federal Department of Health is is always looking to improve consumer supports, programs and services. With this in mind, it is asking everyone in aged care to complete a short, five-minute survey.

Aged care reform August 2 webinar focuses on the workforce

As all in the sector are well aware by now, the Department of Health is in the midst of holding a series of interactive webinars to share information about the aged care reforms announced in the 2021 Federal Budget, in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

NSW reminder on visitor restrictions to RACFs

A reminder to residential aged care facilities in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) - they must abide by the following:

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