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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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Baby boomers expect to work longer

Australia’s culture of early retirement is being replaced by a culture of gradual retirement, a researcher from the University of Adelaide has said.   Results from a recent study of 900 South Australian people aged between 50 and 65 showed many ...

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COTA, LASA lukewarm on Budget

Medicare co-payment, changes to pension and aged-care payroll tax biggest gripes. “Measures in the budget simply tinker around the edges without putting in place any sustainable measures to plan for the demographic change,” seniors advocate Ian Yates has said. In ...

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Industry leaders fear audit’s impact

The Commission of Audit’s (CoA) recent report highlights a series of recommendations that have garnered mixed reaction from the industry. Healthcare and aged-care reform were two key areas of focus in the report. Acknowledging the current health system is not ...

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An ideal solution

Cultural shifts can address the problems of the aged by placing a higher value on the needs of all.  After all these years, you’d think we would know better. But still we talk about social problems as if they were ...

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