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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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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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