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Escaping loneliness

A new program is arming community workers with the skills to counter social isolation among the elderly living at home. Matthew Bahi reports. A major aged care operator is reporting encouraging results from its innovative staff training program that helps ...

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Not an optional extra

What care workers say and do can rob residents of their dignity. It was during her mother’s illness that Amanda Waring saw firsthand how a serious condition can rob a person of their dignity. But, she says, she also learned ...

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Keep the divide between managing and governing

Aged care is complicated enough without adding too many corporate oversight duties to board members. Megan Stoyles reports. Most people on boards of management at not-for-profit aged care centres need not get bogged down in complex corporate director duties, says ...

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National work safety laws start

Employees and bosses have to familiarise themselves with the new system that replaces the old state OHS rules. By Patricia Ryan. Occupational Health and Safety laws have undergone the biggest overhaul in a generation with the introduction of nationally harmonised ...

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Staff need to mourn, study finds

Letting workers share their grief with family and friends when a residents dies can help ease anxiety. Megan Stoyles reports. It is normal for aged care staff to form bonds with their residents but what happens when they die? Is ...

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Nurses eager for higher role

Aged care providers hope that the boost in government funding will be an opportunity for nurse practitioners to showcase their value. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Nieves Murray is pretty excited about her next staff appointment. Her organisation, IRT, was one ...

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Grey army to the rescue

A provider’s internal research suggests older workers could be a panacea for the industry’s workforce woes. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Forget Gen Y. If the findings of research conducted by Bupa Care Services are anything to go by, aged care ...

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It’s on for young and old

Experiments to merge aged care with childcare are showing plenty of benefits for residents, and staff, reports Megan Stoyles. Australian aged care services are moving to closer relations with childcare centres, aiming to not only foster intergenerational social activities but ...

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