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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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Lack of fairness, integrity in CIS: Commissioner

Rhonda Parker accuses some CIS investigators of bias. Aged Care Commissioner Rhonda Parker has accused some Complaints Investigation Scheme investigators of showing favourtism towards providers. In her annual report, Parker said some of the statements and actions of CIS investigators ...

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Accreditation and CIS too paper focussed: academic

Registered nurses must be part of all assessment teams, researcher says. Instead of simply inspecting documentation, Accreditation Agency assessors must evaluate residents to ensure adequate care is being given. Further, the auditing process should take place in the clinical areas ...

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Shape up, or ship out

Providers have given Prime Minister Kevin Rudd an ultimatum. Fix aged care or else be punished at the polls in next year’s election. A new coalition representing 95 per cent of all providers has written to Rudd saying they will ...

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