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We’re in the money, for now

High care and community care best performers in financial report. There was a significant improvement in the financial performance of residential facilities, particularly those in high care, during the first quarter of the financial year, new figures show. But the ...

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ACAR announced, three months late

But will ghost beds come back to haunt Justine Elliot? The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, has finally announced details of the 2010-11 Aged Care Assessment Round (ACAR), almost three months later than expected. It is thought the delay was ...

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Court ruling puts professional boundaries in focus

Lawyer warns providers of the need for policy outlining parameters of professional relationship with clients. A registered nurse in Queensland has been found guilty of professional misconduct following her relationship with an elderly man. Last November, the Supreme Court of ...

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Missing in action

New report highlights need for government to do more in retaining and recruiting nurses. There has been an increase in the number of nurses working in Australia in recent years. But as the skills shortage continues, the large number of ...

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Snoezelen under the microscope

Australian researcher to examine multi-sensory therapies in residential care. The use and effectiveness of multi-sensory therapies, including Snoezelen rooms, for people with dementia is the subject of a new research project. Snoezelen rooms use various devices to stimulate the senses ...

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Providers can act to minimise recruitment challenge

Young blood is essential for industry survival, workplace expert tells providers. Providing positive and meaningful placements to trainee nurses and high school students will help solve the workforce shortage. Workplace expert Ken Byrne told the ACAA national congress in Melbourne ...

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Industry fed up with lack of action

Conference delegates weren’t impressed with content of minister’s speech, or her performance thus far. The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot is too compliance focused, lacks decisive action and has placed even more stress on an already overburdened industry. These are ...

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Hospitals bad for residents’ health

Outreach programs from emergency departments to facilities could provide better care for residents. New and targeted models of care are needed to reduce the increasing number of hospital visits made by aged care residents, many which are unnecessary and can ...

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