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In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest.
ACG – Backlash over new aged care workforce taskforce members
TWS – Bupa aged care workers in VIC reject 11% pay offer over three years
AAA – Robotics expert turns his talents to aged care
AAA – Exercise physiologists winners of new therapy program
ABC – Nursing homes to be audited without warning, Government announces
ACG – Bedside dental treatments to reach more in aged care
TG – Reports of poor standards in aged care are just the tip of the iceberg
The Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce has started its work, with new approaches planned to discuss and consult on workforce issues.
Early work underway.
The first step is to hold workshops to discuss why growing and sustaining the workforce is necessary to meet the care needs of older people across Australia. A range of organisations and people are being invited to participate, with the support of Taskforce members and a number of peak organisations.
Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce starts
The department is aware of instances where clients’ home care packages have been withdrawn after they have started care.
This was discussed at the webinar on My Aged Care operations on 31 October 2017.
Home care package withdrawals
The Australian Government is investing $20 million to improve My Aged Care. These enhancements have been identified through detailed co-design.
The Government has also committed $2.8 million to scope future investment to keep pace with the increasing demands of an ageing population.
Enhancements to My Aged Care
Released: 1 November 2017
The Turnbull Government today announced an expert taskforce to develop a wide-ranging workforce strategy, focused on supporting safe, quality aged care for senior Australians.
The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said the work of the taskforce would be inclusive, with exhaustive national consultation.
“Everything is on the table but there are only two things that matter, safety and quality,” Minister Wyatt said.
“The Taskforce will reach out to senior Australians and their families, consumer organisations, informal carers, aged care workers and volunteers.
“It will also consult with many others including unions, health professionals, universities and the health, education, employment and disability sectors.”
The Taskforce will be led by Professor John Pollaers and will reference the June 2017 report of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the future of the aged care sector workforce, the workforce-related observations in the government commissioned Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 and the recently released Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.
New aged care workforce taskforce to focus on safety and quality (.pdf)
A stakeholder communication paper on the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS) has been published. This paper contains useful information on the RUCS for stakeholders and those with an interest in the study.
Learn more about the Residential Aged Care Resource Utilisation and Classification Study
The Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced the release of the report of the Carnell and Paterson Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.
The report includes ten recommendations to increase the effectiveness of aged care quality regulation.
Aged care regulatory processes review – report released
The announcement yesterday by the Minister for Aged Care that announced accreditation visits will be replaced with unannounced audits across Australia’s residential aged care homes is another reason to ensure you are using all the Manad Plus ‘Quality’ features to their full potential.
Some of these are:
• Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Plans. Including the ability to save links to the relevant information in your database which triggered the area for review and improvement. These are all tagged to the relevant outcome.
• Audits. Conduct self-audits against each of the outcomes and track what is and isn’t being met within your home. Document your findings and develop action plans.
• Meetings. Create agendas and then document all discussion items and improvements into minutes. Send action items to your CQI.
• Coming Soon (v5.6) – Surveys. Survey your residents, families and staff on the performance of your home and what they like and don’t like.
If you are unsure about how best to use any of the Manad Plus ‘Quality’ features to stay on top of your accreditation and compliance all year round then contact your Manad Plus Client Manager to discuss.
1300 62 62 32 (1300 MANAD2)
Released: 25 October 2017
Announced accreditation visits will be replaced with unannounced audits across Australia’s residential aged care facilities, to help ensure safe, quality care standards are maintained at all centres at all times.
Releasing the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the Turnbull Government would move as soon as possible to implement Recommendation 8, as it considers the entire review in detail.
“Aged care safety and quality are non-negotiable and must be delivered to residents 365 days of the year, without exception,” said Minister Wyatt.
“I ordered this review after the appalling revelations at South Australia’s Oakden facility, and there have been other high-profile aged care failures which have highlighted where parts of our systems have sadly let us down.
“While the overwhelming majority of facilities provide excellent care and are working to continually improve services, our focus must be on those that are not delivering.”
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency will continue to conduct initial accreditation audits in consultation with the provider, to allow them to understand the standards and meet licensing requirements.
“The old process of notifying providers ahead of subsequent re-accreditation reviews will go, replaced by comprehensive unannounced audits” said the Minister. “Our commitment to this will be relentless, on behalf of all older Australians, who deserve nothing but the best of care.
“I remain equally committed to working with all aged care providers and the entire care sector, to ensure our quality and safety standards are world-class.”
Media Release – Quality review released: Aged care assessment visits to be unannounced (.pdf)
Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes Report (.pdf)
As previously advised, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will contact your aged care service to arrange a meeting with any younger people you are caring for to discuss their eligibility to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
New NDIS factsheets
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the October 2017 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.
Quality Standard – October 2017 (.pdf)
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest.
AAA – A new palliative approach for residential aged care
AAA – Aged care in America is expanding its base
AAA – National elder abuse peak body given green light
ITNews – Govt details plan to share de-identified e-health data
SBS – Flu kills 116 patients in aged care across Victoria after horror season
AGE – Old and sick: The accelerating rate of transfers from nursing homes to hospitals
TWS – Bupa aged care workers strike in VIC – but staffing remains a sector-wide issue
TWS – Lewis Kaplan appointed first-ever Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) CEO
AAA – Call for urgent changes to enduring power process to stop elder abuse
AAA – New tool better supporting care of wounds at end of life
ACG – Resident’s feel ‘at home’ with new care approach
AAA – Sector to debate ACFI change proposals
ZDNet – Australian government details Govpass digital ID
SMH – Cost cutting and understaffing of aged care homes leads to rationing and neglect
TWS – Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) signs deal with Global Ageing Network (GAN)
ACG – Silent disco does wonders for seniors and those with dementia
The Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has released the Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument Report.
The department engaged Applied Aged Care Solutions to undertake the review and provide recommendations, focusing on:
• adapting the tool to be suitable for an external model;
• reducing subjectivity in relevant needs assessment questions; and
• bringing the tool in line with contemporary care practices.
Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument
Residential Aged Care Reform
Media Release: New report outlines residential aged care funding reform options (.pdf)
Media Release: LASA acknowledges release of ACFI review and calls for national conversation on aged care funding (.pdf)
Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument Report
Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument Report Part 1: Summary Report June 2017 (.pdf)
Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument Report Part 2: Main Report June 2017 (.pdf)
Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument Report Part 3: References & Appendices June 2017 (.pdf)
The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.
Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.
Industry alert: emergency planning for aged care services
Risk Management for Emergency Events in Aged Care
The Turnbull Government is providing more than $60 million for new projects that will help improve quality and access to palliative care.
The funding announced today includes $45.4 million through the National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative for 12 projects that will help people on their final journey, and their families, with end-of-life care.
More than $60 million for end-of-life care projects (.pdf)
The department conducted a second wave of research in late 2016 – early 2017 to evaluate the implementation of My Aged Care amongst consumers, assessors, service providers and other key stakeholder groups.
The objectives were to evaluate experiences and perceptions of the aged care system and My Aged Care since the first wave of research in early 2016.
My Aged Care evaluation findings
My Aged Care Research and Evaluation
The department is reviewing the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) in response to feedback from the sector. This is a high priority to support a more effective and streamlined assessment process.
We would like to hear your ideas on areas for improvement. All aged care stakeholders are invited to participate.
Participate in the NSAF Review survey
Review of the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF)
The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.
Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/19 (.pdf)
The department has received a number of enquiries from providers about when an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment is required. A subsidy cannot be paid to an approved provider for providing care to a person, unless the person is approved under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) as a care recipient.
Check for valid ACAT approval
Check for valid approval before admitting a resident
1 October was the ‘International Day of Older Persons’.
The theme, “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”
This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.
WHO – International Day of Older Persons
Guinness World Records – International Day of Older Persons: Ten extraordinary senior citizen record holders