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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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Home truths

Serious allegations of ill-treatment in residential care facilities were recently made on the ABC television program Lateline, but the solution isn’t simply a matter of more funding and tighter regulation.  The public crisis of trust that followed the report on ...

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Pride of place

Recent legislation acknowledges the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  It is timely to comment on the place of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex) people within the aged care agenda. We have seen LGBTI elders ...

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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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