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Recruitment drive in NSW ramps up

An ageing population and a rise in people accessing disability services has prompted a renewed push for workers The disability and aged care sector in NSW needs to attract 10,000 new workers within five years or face huge staff shortages, ...

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Malnourishment high in older Australians

Dietitians Association of Australia calls for routine nutrition screening and intervention programs for the elderly New research has found that one-third of older Australians receiving home care are at risk of being malnourished. The Melbourne-based study conducted by the Dietitians ...

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Extent of aged care reform questioned

The government’s decision to deviate from the Productivity Commission’s blueprint for aged care will materially compromise the desired outcome, an expert has said. Darragh O Keeffe reports. While the government has made some important moves toward building a more dynamic ...

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Reform plans unveiled

The government has adopted the Productivity Commission’s recommendation for a user pays approach to aged care, though it isn’t opening up the sector to market forces to the extent proposed OVERVIEW The federal government has detailed its $3.7 billion overhaul ...

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Politicians respond to aged care reforms

The Opposition criticises the amount of new money involved in Labor’s aged care reforms, while the Greens and key independent MPs praise the measures POLITICAL REACTION Responding to the government’s aged care reform plans, detailed last Friday at Parliament House, ...

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Industry praise for reforms

Aged care providers, unions, health professionals and consumers generally approve of the government’s plans to fix Australia’s aged care system. Natasha Egan and Darragh O Keeffe report. STAKEHOLDER REACTION From a service provider’s perspective the reforms start to address the ...

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New storytelling program for aged care

A new initiative hopes to promote the use of storytelling as a therapeutic tool in aged care. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Francis Icasiano is passionate about the potential impact of his fledgling not-for-profit organisation, the Biography Program. He describes it ...

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Telehealth lifesaver

A major study confirms the use of telehealth and telecare vastly reduces hospitalisations and deaths, a UK care provider tells Darragh O Keeffe The use of telehealth technologies can deliver a 45 per cent reduction in mortality rates among people ...

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