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Growing older, together

Australia, we’re getting old. And community care will be the overall winner, writes Michael Fine. It’s not just you and me. Australia’s population is growing older, and larger, everyday, according to the latest projections in the 2010 Intergenerational Report. This ...

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The cost of indifference

With rising energy prices, and the growing public appetite for energy efficiency, how long can providers afford to waste money on inefficient buildings, asks John Brodie. Most aged care facilities we visit are wasting up to $50,000 per year simply ...

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From household to neighbourhood

Aged care should be designed to encourage living in place, not ageing in place, writes Ken Blair. Creating, eating, dancing, dating, visiting, learning, socialising, working, singing, shopping, engaging – not just ageing. The challenge for providers and designers of living ...

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The seeds of growth

Competition in community care is hotting up, with many providers expanding interstate, and some residential organisations getting in on the act. Megan Stoyles reports. When Rob Knowles was appointed to the board of the Royal District Nursing Service of South ...

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Behind closed doors

Summer is a particularly dangerous time for those living alone. Is community care the solution, or the problem, asks Michael Fine. Summer is here, at last. It can mean time for a holiday with the family, lying on the beach, ...

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Spreading the word

Community care clients and staff tell their stories in an inspiring new DVD. Reports Linda Belardi. Limited access to information about Home and Community Care has been a common chorus of complaint heard by HACC development officer, Melinda Paterson. In ...

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The wide angle

Michael Fine asks who’s going to give care when we need it? Next year it will be 25 years since the HACC program was first launched in 1985. Community care has grown quietly but relentlessly across Australia ever since. We ...

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Doing it differently

Capacity building and empowerment should be at the forefront of community care. Linda Belardi reports. In a new brand of community care outlined by the Impact services working group, self determination and a reduced dependency on formal services should guide ...

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