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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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A plus for all of us

Positive ageing needs to be at the front of the agenda, for the benefit of older people and the economy. By Louis White. It was nine years ago that Nick McDonald decided to play an active part in the lives ...

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Medicine review changes hard to swallow

Critics say reduced frequency will lead to more incorrect dosages and hospitalisations.  Aged care groups have struck out over what they call arbitrary changes to medication management programs funded under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement. However, those administering the FCPA ...

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The crisis is coming, be ready

Emergency situations are inevitable; how organisations handle them depends on how they prepare.  “If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least ...

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Synergy of care

Community and residential service are complements to each other, not alternatives.    What happens when it’s no longer possible to keep someone you love, someone who needs care due to their frail old age, at home? Do we betray those ...

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What $1.2 billion will buy

The government has entered talks with stakeholders on how to spend the cash from the scrapped workforce supplement. There is no shortage of ideas.  Labor may have labelled Tony Abbott the “Christmas Grinch” for it, but few were surprised when, ...

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Look overseas makes pill prices hard to swallow

Grattan official says the PBS could lower costs much more with a benchmarking scheme popular in other countries.  Current policies surrounding the cost of medications aren’t effective enough, a Grattan Institute official says. Health program director at Grattan, Stephen Duckett, ...

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Medicare co-payment on the table

Health minister’s first policy speech calls for debate on controversial measure. Minister for health Peter Dutton has fuelled talks of the introduction of a GP co-payment, during a major speech on the Coalition’s healthcare agenda. In the first of several ...

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