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The power of persuasion

While talk continues of ways the industry can more effectively lobby government, guest reporter Jim Toohey speaks to two former federal ageing ministers for their perspectives on aged care politics, peak bodies and the push for change. Where can one ...

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Tackling taboos

There is a need for sexual expression no matter what a person’s age or disability, expert tells forum. The usually taboo subject of dementia and sex was the topic of conversation last week at Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria’s Dementia and Sexuality ...

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Health program for indigenous seniors launched

Providing culturally appropriate health support and education to reduce the level and impact of preventable chronic health conditions. The program, a first for Queensland provider Blue Care, aims to improve and promote better health for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and ...

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Poor pay highlighted

Fair Work Australia hears low pay claim from unions. The serious workforce issues facing the aged care industry are in the spotlight with three separate forums highlighting the problems, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) said today. Fair Work Australia ...

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Vying for volunteers

New partnership with university sees international students helping out in residential facilities. Wellness and Lifestyles, the provider of allied health and educational programs to residential aged care, has announced a joint venture, student volunteer project with the University of Adelaide. ...

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Search on for new Blue Care chief

Robyn Batten new interim executive director, following Stephen Muggleton’s resignation. UnitingCare Queensland has announced it is recruiting for the position of executive director for Blue Care, following the resignation of Stephen Muggleton. UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross said Muggleton had ...

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Ageing population is positive: Butler

Minister for ageing says the government welcomes the growing number of centenarians. The Gillard Labor Government welcomes the prediction of 50,000 Australian centenarians by the middle of the century, an international conference has been told. Opening the first Australasian Conference ...

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New research funding announced

Almost $450 million in NHMRC research grants. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced $447.5 million for medical research, though the National Health and Medical Research Council. Butler made the announcement while opening two new research facilities ...

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