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Winners and losers

Financial returns for providers continue to be mixed – with some seeing improvements while others struggle. Ruth Callaghan reports on the current state of the industry’s coppers. The bad news? On average, aged care still loses money on every bed, ...

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Speculation nation

With 2011 shaping up to be a year of structural and financial reform, providers of all shapes and sizes are trying to determine where best to invest. Ruth Callaghan reports. As the Productivity Commission mulls over the direction the aged ...

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Against the odds

The pundits say small facilities are dying out. Pyramid Hill Bush Nursing Hospital is proving them wrong, as Megan Stoyles reports. A viable aged care facility in a small rural town is the mainstay of the social fabric, the community’s ...

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Supporting the workforce

Government announces new round of scholarships. The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced a new round of scholarships under the Supporting a Professional Aged Care Workforce Program. “The scholarships available under this program provide aged care ...

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Red shoots of recovery

In the weeks and months following the Victorian bushfires, community care workers were at the frontline, helping people to recover and rebuild their lives. Jane Furey won’t ever forget her first day working for the Victorian Bushfire Case Management Service. ...

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Learning at the coalface

Darragh O Keeffe reports on new efforts to provide quality aged care placements for the health professionals of tomorrow. Providing students from various disciplines, such as nursing, physiotherapy and podiatry, the opportunity to learn and work together in an aged ...

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Birds in a nest

Empathy and communication are key when it comes to dealing with conflict in the workplace. If staff members are under pressure and have to deal with shortages, unrealistic targets, inadequate management and time or resource pressures, then conflict is highly ...

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Getting the facts on social media

Are Facebook and Twitter the preserve of time-wasting youngsters or powerful tools to manage reputation, build loyalty and create engagement? By Rhos Ellis-Jones. With dizzying speed, what was once the domain of geeks and nerds has entered the mainstream. Social ...

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