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Design with everyone in mind

The ability to create real and supportive communities requires an intimate understanding of the experiences of all users and how this knowledge can shape design. Such skills are becoming even more important in our increasingly regulated and competitive environment. A ...

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Film explores bond between staff, residents

A documentary that details the close relationship between staff, residents and their families as part of one provider’s approach to residential aged care is drawing international attention. It Takes A Community – A relationship-focused approach to celebrating and supporting old age ...

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Residents take the bucket list challenge

A project that helps aged-care residents check things off their bucket list has been honoured by the government. UnitingCare Ageing’s Starrett Lodge was given a Better Practice Award by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency for the program. Colin McDonnell, care ...

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LASA: unified voice speaks loudest

The old political mantra of united we stand divided we fall still holds true. Any organisation – be it corporate or, particularly, membership-based – achieves greater success when it is unified and focused on common goals or operational targets. Leading Age Services ...

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ACSA honours lobbyist, volunteer at awards

A chief executive and lobbyist has taken out the individual award at the 2014 Aged and Community Services Australia National Aged Care Awards, announced at a gala dinner at the Adelaide Town Hall. Rob Hankins, chief executive of ECH, was ...

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Blueprint for positive ageing

Members of the abolished Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing have published a document detailing policy options for an ageing Australia. Blueprint for an Ageing Australia makes proposals surrounding economic development, health, technology, transport, urban design and housing. National Seniors acting chief executive ...

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A cultured existence

“It’s 4.30am, and all you can hear is an orchestra of snores. Five Women Elders and one marlpa are sleeping in the Big Room. Other marlpa, not on night duty, sleep in their own rooms. “Come 5.30 and Elder Manaya, ...

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Five steps to better dementia care

Each week, more than 1700 people in Australia are diagnosed with dementia. As our ageing population grows, it’s expected that this number will reach 7400 new cases each week by 2050. Dementia is now one of Australia’s National Health Priority ...

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