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Industry finances in poor health: research

Further evidence of need for funding reform presented in new research papers. A greater ‘user-pays’ component is necessary to improve the viability of aged care, two new financial surveys of the sector have revealed. Client contributions in the form of ...

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Missing in action

New report highlights need for government to do more in retaining and recruiting nurses. There has been an increase in the number of nurses working in Australia in recent years. But as the skills shortage continues, the large number of ...

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A mixed bunch

From overseas workers to student volunteers, the aged care workforce is truly diverse, posing both challenges and opportunities. Melinda Ham reports. Nasreen Sultana emigrated from Bangladesh to Australia eight years ago with a teaching qualification, but decided to get a ...

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Source of support

How a perfect stranger in a virtual world could be your very own professional coach. By Megan Stoyles. Aged Care Queensland’s (ACQ) new e-mentoring program has successfully used technology to establish contacts and personal development between aged care and community ...

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Purse strings continue to tighten

The latest survey is further evidence the industry is in financial trouble, writes David Sinclair. While community care programs maintained their satisfactory financial performance, residential facilities’ results continued to deteriorate. That’s one of the major findings from the Stewart Brown ...

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The personal touch

Focussing on the person will mean changes to traditional forms of care delivery. A man is sitting in his room and shouting incessantly. A carer identifies his behaviour as verbal aggression and reaches for his medication to calm him down. ...

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