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An unbalanced equation

Australia’s growing aged population and shrinking tax base is creating an uncertain future for the aged care sector.  Since 2010, 115,000 taxpayers have left the workforce. By 2050, it is estimated there will be fewer than three working-age people to ...

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The year when community care comes home

As the states relinquish their role in home care services, the federal government must take urgent steps to retain the valuable community resources that have been developed in the sector.  The year 2014 will be the first of the Abbott ...

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Life after diagnosis

Better education for students and more nursing leadership are two ingredients that are essential to providing a better future for dementia patients and their carers and families.  The current nursing workforce does not have enough capacity to provide the care ...

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Wider prescribing powers approved

Despite opposition from doctors, Australia is now officially on the path to allow a broader range of health professionals to prescribe medicines.  Nursing associations have applauded the health ministers’ approval of the Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP), labelling it a ...

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Needs of ageing under threat

The Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing is to be scrapped as the Coalition government prepares to deliver on its promise to reduce cost and inefficient regulation for Australian businesses and communities. The panel, which was just six months off delivering ...

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Critiques for the Coalition

Aged-care stakeholders discuss the new government’s policy and how it relates to what the sector needs.  Just two days out from the federal election, the Coalition released its policy for the ageing population of Australia. The Coalition’s Policy for Healthy ...

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Fifield’s focus

In an exclusive interview, Australia’s new federal minister for ageing talks about how he will approach the role.  Tony Abbott’s announcement that ageing would be included within the social services portfolio caused mix reaction from the aged-care sector; nevertheless, Australia’s ...

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New government, new rules

HACC case managers are amongst those waiting to see how the change at the top will affect their fate.  So, we have a new national government. Since the election, we now also know there will be no minister for ageing ...

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