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Spend on dementia research criticised

Despite the impending epidemic, annual spend on dementia research is $20 million, compared to $160 million for cancer. Darragh O Keeffe reports. The release of the World Alzheimer Report 2010 in Sydney recently has reinforced the seriousness of the impending ...

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Tribunal slams sanctions

Department, and Accreditation Agency, criticised over sanctioning of Blue Care facility, which Justine Elliot trumpeted in media. Megan Stoyles reports. The Department of Health and Ageing’s rush to judgement in applying sanctions against Blue Care’s Mareeba facility when the issues ...

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More gloomy views on industry’s future

Another report, this time from National Seniors, highlights issues with funding and workforce. The current aged care system is plagued by staffing and bed shortages, crumbling under current financial pressures and unable to meet the future demands of an ageing ...

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Mapping a way forward

The 400 submissions to the PC inquiry present a common view on what reform is needed, but there are some differences of opinion. Linda Belardi reports. In the future, aged care will be a whole of government responsibility, yet more ...

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COAG health deal on the rocks?

Deal with WA looks as unlikely as ever. West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has said he believes several states are prepared to pull out of the national health reform agreement. It is nearly six months since WA became the only ...

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The leader of the pack

A prominent industry leader for the past 16 years, Dr June Heinrich recently stepped down as CEO of BCS. But, as she tells Megan Stoyles, that doesn’t mean she intends to put her feet up. When June Heinrich joined Baptist ...

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Smeared and sneered

The rush to emotion and hysteria, at the expense of analysis and reflection on aged care issues, is doing none us of any favours, writes Jim Toohey. A close friend telephoned last week – someone I’ve known for many years ...

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Ready for reform

Klaus Zimmerman reappointed ACSA president and says the peak body looks forward to working with new minister. Klaus Zimmermann has been reappointed president of Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), as the Federal Government prepares to tackle major reforms in ...

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