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The wonder of words

Telling the stories of your life’s journey can provide meaning in later life, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse seniors, author Arnold Zable tells Darragh O Keeffe A survivor from the Black Saturday bushfires was taking part in a writing ...

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Calls for changes to visa programs

Aged care providers using temporary skilled migration to recruit overseas nurses have called for changes to the program so as to enhance its effectiveness in filling workforce shortages. By Natasha Egan The number of nurses coming to work in the ...

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Keeping the spiritual flame burning

One of the leaders of the new national pastoral care organisation urges the group to hasten slowly, reports Megan Stoyles. The champion of the new group Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People (PASCOP), John Ireland, has likened its successful ...

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Lobby groups search for recruits

Seniors’ organisations have had some impressive wins since the 1990s but declining membership is a concern for some. Natasha Egan reports. Private health insurance rebate, lifetime health cover, discounts on Great Southern Rail, tax, superannuation and health concessions, plus franked ...

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Older workers good value, says age champion

Never mind the human rights issue, smart employers are discovering that keeping their experienced staff makes good business sense, Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan tells Darragh O Keeffe. In the midst of an ongoing skills shortage, compounded by the challenges ...

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Push to keep indigenous funding

Researchers and providers are concerned at any moves to change aged care planning ratios for Aborigines. By Megan Stoyles. Indigenous aged care services are worried at suggestions the 50-years-plus population ratio used for planning services, compared with the general 70-years-plus, ...

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Heralding the era of competition

The UK’s move to a market model of care provision 20 years ago has similarities – and lessons – for Australia today. Darragh O Keeffe reports. If the Productivity Commission’s vision for aged care service provision is adopted in Australia, ...

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Fire safety high on the agenda

Sprinklers were a major topic for consideration when state representatives met to discuss protective systems in care facilities. Megan Stoyles reports. NSW aged care industry groups have been shown how sprinklers may save some lives in fires but not all. ...

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