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When the numbers don’t stack up

Peak bodies again slam 1.7 per cent increase following wage increase< The recent announcement by Fair Work Australia that low paid workers should receive a 4.78 per cent wage increase from 1 July has prompted peak bodies to repeat their ...

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Nelson goes to COAG

With so much food to share, why couldn’t the ministers have thrown aged and community care a scrap from the table, asks Ray Glickman. I took my dog Nelson to my favourite café the other day and who should I ...

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WA and Victoria out of HACC reform

HACC transfer finally underway, but not everyone’s on board. Megan Stoyles reports. The government has announced the long delayed transfer of full funding and policy responsibility for aged care, particularly Home and Community (HACC) services, except for Western Australia and ...

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Budget blues

Reaction to the budget couldn’t have been more mixed. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Providers said it failed to address the fundamental funding reforms needed, nurses called it a win for residents and staff, and seniors gave it a cautious approval ...

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The new wave

Innovative provider says new residents want opportunity, not protection. Linda Belardi reports. Just as helicopter parents can stifle a child’s independence, overprotecting elderly Australians denies them the right to a self-determined and empowered life. Jane Mussared, General Manager for Health ...

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When complaints fall on deaf ears

The government’s handling of the independent review into the Complaints Investigation Scheme has angered the industry. Linda Belardi reports. Last month, following a six-month delay and buried in the series of COAG health reform announcements, the independent review into the ...

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A difficult balancing act

Overseas attempts to regulate the use of physical restraint in aged care facilities has reopened the debate in Australia. The Irish Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Aine Brady, recently launched a public consultation process to assist with the ...

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