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Dementia supplement gone

Fifield cites eligibility blow-out; providers decry short notice.  The government has announced it has decided to cease the dementia and severe behaviours supplement. Funding will stop from July 31. “The supplement was designed to provide additional resources for providers who ...

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We need to talk

Removing the stigma attached to admitting mental health issues is essential for diagnosis and constructive care, says Kevin Rocks. Mental health is a serious and growing concern in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has estimated that more than 7.3 ...

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New approach to old school

It’s the fastest growing sector in health, and opportunities abound. But to attract and retain the best and brightest into aged care, a radical rethink of our education system is urgently needed.By Andrew Robinson and Barbara Horner. A recent letter ...

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Number crunch

According to COTA, the budget is a mixed bag for aged-care providers and a challenge for older Australians.By Ian Yates. Overall, older Australians have fared poorly in the 2014 federal Budget, with hits to the age pension the major concern, ...

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Pregnant pause

Nine months is a long time – but more and more people in need are waiting longer than that for a place in aged care, and it’s likely to get worse. The number of people waiting more than nine months ...

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The right tender

The government offers many forms of funding for aged-care services, but the process of applying can be complex and confusing. Some simple tips can help applicants head in the right direction.  Attracting federal and/or state government funding can be the ...

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Counting the cost

Dementia support funding under review after cost blowout.  Assistant minister for social services Mitch Fifield has revealed the government’s decision to review the design of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement. Fifield confirmed he is considering options that will “realign ...

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HACC reform scheme plenty to discuss

The revised plan’s lack of information raises concerns for many stakeholders.  In all the noisy and contentious debate that has surrounded the release of the 2014–15 federal Budget, you could be excused for not noticing that a major report of ...

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