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Abbott pledges $200 million to fight dementia

The Coalition pledges to help make Australia a world leader in Alzheimer’s fight. The Coalition will provide $200 million over five years for dementia research if elected, Opposition leader Tony Abbott announced in late August. About 1700 new cases of ...

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Who pays?

The confusion over changes to the daily accommodation charge continues, but the real story is, there are likely to be high increases in the cost of care.  From July 1, 2014, the payment made in lieu of a daily fee ...

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Aged workforce increases in size

With more than 240,000 workers employed in the aged care industry, its safe to admit that the workforce has been increasing steadily over the last five years.  According to The Aged Care Workforce 2012 survey, the number of registered nurses working ...

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Preventive primary dental care

Oral disease contributes to both poor dental health, and negative healthcare outcomes.  Oral disease is one of twelve chronic diseases identified as National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2006, AIHW estimated ...

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Minister to attend national forum

New minister for mental health and ageing, Jacinta Collins, has confirmed her attendance at COTA Australia’s National Policy Forum to be held on Tuesday July 23. The event, to be held in Canberra at the National Press Club, will be ...

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The fall-out from falls

A $1.5 million research trial to prevent falls hopes to keep elders standing firm.  Amid current concerns about the impact of falls on the ongoing health of older people, research is being conducted via a patient-centred program to prevents falls, ...

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Good news for the aged care work force

Change has been slow in coming, but it has arrived. A government report on the industry is giving us the most comprehensive picture yet.  In the midst of uncertainty, it is reassuring to learn that the aged care workforce has been ...

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