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The Herd proudly blazing trail for the future of intergenerational care and learning

Five years ago sisters and early childhood teachers, Anna and Fiona Glumac watched a moving doco about an intergenerational care centre in the US and it changed their lives. Now busily putting the finishing touches on their own facility - The Herd - their exciting project is set to improve social and academic outcomes for children in their care, along with reducing some of the isolating effects of life in aged care for elders. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

ACN calls for all Australian nurses to receive tax-free pandemic bonus

The Australian College of Nursing says it welcomes the NSW Government’s bonus to public sector health care professionals but says it should be tax-free and adopted by every jurisdiction in the country.

Aged care sector stubbornly resisting telehealth uptake in COVID-normal phase

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.

New survey aims to gather info on clinical software and systems in aged care

A new survey by the Aged Care Industry Technology Council is intended to inform on what constitutes the scope of a clinical system in aged care and the possible benefits of aligning these systems to standards.

Real progress being made getting young people out of aged care facilities: update

Modest progress is being made on the push to end the phenomenon of younger persons living in residential aged care facilities, with 35 younger persons living with disability relocated from residential aged care to more appropriate accommodation, from October-December 2021. But there's much more work to be done, as BIANCA ROBERTS has discovered.

ADA admires Greens dental plan, but says first step should be to address elders’ oral health

The Australian Dental Association has congratulated the Greens for addressing the seismic inadequacy in our dental health system, but it says that Adam Bandt's dental pitch which will cost $8bn a year or $77bn over a decade to provide Medicare-funded dental services, will be a challenge for any government to implement.

APHA says election health policy announcements pointless until workforce shortages are addressed

The Australian Private Hospitals Association has called for the major parties to make fixing the health workforce shortage their number one health policy priority for the federal election, with CEO Michael Roff saying the dearth of professionals is the single biggest challenge facing health care in Australia.

New pain management toolkit to help comprehend and address complex nature of pain in aged care

Everyone working in aged care has a role to play in pain management. In a workshop for aged care providers and staff last week, researchers from NARI provided insights on how pain management can best be optimised, as well as sharing news of their new toolkit to be released later this year. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Budget reveals Govt places no importance on Australians’ oral health: ADA

The nation's oral health has yet again shown to be of no importance to the Morrison Government, with scant mention of it made in last night's 2022 pre-election Budget, according to the Australian Dental Association.

Advocacy bodies slam Budget as failing to address aged care quality and workforce issues

The Federal Government has claimed that its 2022/23 Budget offers “a record investment” in Australia’s health care system, including aged care, but aged care advocacy bodies have immediately slammed it for failing to address the crux of the current quality and workforce crises hampering the industry’s recovery.

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