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Rice discusses Greens aged care plans if they achieve post-election balance of power

Greens Party spokesperson for aged care and community services, Senator Janet Rice, has spoken to COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates in an online webinar about her party’s plans for aged care if they acquire balance of power following the upcoming election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Sophisticated or insufficient? Stakeholders argue pros and cons of new AN-ACC funding model

The new AN-ACC funding model for residential aged care is just six months from implementation, and while many believe it to be a promising improvement on the much-derided outgoing ACFI model, others have sticking points that require answers. BIANCA ROBERTS investigates

Elusive Colbeck emerges to chat with COTA Australia’s Ian Yates during webinar

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck has today spoken about the progress made by the Morrison Government after the handing down of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in July 2021, a process of reform he says he is keen to continue after the election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Colbeck pounces on Labor admission that aged care nurse rollout may need to be paused

Federal Liberals have attacked their Labor counterparts' aged care policy, after the shadow attorney-general suggested a possible pause on its one-year deadline to have a registered nurse in every aged care facility at all times.

APA confident, advocates wary re: Colbeck’s understanding of role of physio in aged care

The Australian Physiotherapy Association says there is light at the end of the tunnel regarding the suspected “death of allied health” provision in residential aged care - a feared consequence of perceived holes in new funding instrument, the AN-ACC. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Govt joins united front on inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines in aged care

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have joined the government in releasing a joint statement to better address psychotropic medicines and their improper prescribing in the treatment of older persons and those with disabilities.

New Tasmanian aged care training program a boost for local workforce

A multidisciplinary teaching hub at a New Norfolk aged care facility will secure greater opportunities for health students and better access to services for older Tasmanians across the region, according to the Federal Government.

‘I just can’t believe this is Australia’ – distressed SA family seeks quality and safety commission reform

South Australian Grace Stokes remains shocked and distressed that long-term standards non-compliance at her grandmothers's aged care facility was allowed to continue without strong intervention. She's hellbent on ensuring no facility is at risk of such complete failure again. BIANCA ROBERTS investigates

Unions, workers and advocates united in dissatisfaction a year on from royal commission

Representatives from the UWU and the ANMF, alongside a range of aged care workers and advocates, gathered online today to commemorate the one year anniversary of the royal commission final report - and they found little cause for celebration.

‘It’s disgusting Mr Morrison hasn’t done his job to fix aged care’ – ANMF

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Royal Commission's Final Report into the troubled aged care system, members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are speaking out - expressing their heartbreak and disgust that Prime Minister Scott Morrison 'hasn't done his job' to stop the suffering of elderly Australians living in aged care.

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