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Published: Apr 17, 2019

Royal Commission – Sydney Hearing

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney from:

📅 Monday 6 May 2019 to Wednesday 8 May 2019, and
📅 Monday 13 May 2019 to Friday 17 May 2019.

The public hearing will inquire into:

• the perspective and experience of people in residential aged care and people living with dementia, and their family and carers
• quality and safety in residential aged care, particularly for people living with dementia
• the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care
• the extent to which the current aged care system meets the needs of people in residential aged care
• good practice care for people living with dementia, particularly in the context of residential aged care.

Read more:

Sydney Hearing

Published: Apr 17, 2019

Royal Commission – Community Forums

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety announced a new Community Forum event.

📅 Friday 3 May 2019
🕙 09:30 am to 12:00 pm
📍 White Night Receptions, 42 Hampstead Road, Maidstone, VIC 3012

Open to the public, these forums will be an opportunity for members of the local community to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges, strengths and opportunities to improve aged care.

Read more:

Community Forums

To guarantee a seat, please book your place no later than Wednesday 1 May by:

Eventbrite

Published: Apr 17, 2019

Outcome 1.6: Human resource management

The Commission continues to update its new website and the details on the Re-accreditation of residential services.

We have also heard from several clients recently that Outcome 1.6: Human Resource Management has been given a greater focus on recent unannounced visits.

Please be prepared for this and as noted:

On the first day of the site audit, the assessment team will provide the person in charge of the service the Numbers of personnel in the service form to be completed. This will assist the assessment team to assess the service’s performance against Expected Outcome 1.6 Human resource management.

This is then combined with observations from the Assessors of the number of staff on duty that day and the tasks they are performing for your residents.

You can assume this is also going to be a key focus in preparation for the new 1 July Accreditation Standards where there is no longer just x1 Outcome but an all-new dedicated ‘Standard 7‘ for Human Resources with x5 Requirements.

One of the 4 key concepts is:

The sufficiency of the workforce – Organisations providing care and services are expected to have enough skilled and qualified staff to meet consumers’ needs. Organisations are responsible for using Australian Government funding to make sure they have the staff numbers and mix of skills needed to provide consumers with quality care.

Specifically, Requirement 7a

• The workforce is planned to enable, and the number and mix of members of the workforce deployed enables, the delivery and management of safe and quality care and services.

Read more:

Re-accreditation of residential services – Outcome 1.6: Human resource management

Numbers of personnel in the service form (.doc)

Fact Sheet EO 1.6 Human resource management for providers (.doc)

Standard 7 – Human Resources (.pdf)

Requirement 7a

Published: Apr 17, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 17 April 2019

In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:

How can we heal aged care when funding relies on us staying sick?

Should Personal Carers Be Required To Pass The Same English Literacy Standards As Nurses?

Rural and remote aged care workforce receives funding boost

Senate calls on government to respond to decade of aged care reviews

Are Activities In Aged Care Homes Based Upon Participation Rather Than Enjoyment?

$2.6 million in funding boosts to support aged care consumers

Bupa Aged Care faces ACCC action over alleged false claims at aged care centres

Adelaide aged care worker jailed nine months for assault

Government to trial CCTV in aged care

New aged care assessment forms sweep away red tape

Australian-first CCTV trial for aged care facilities as elder abuse continues to be captured

Published: Apr 8, 2019

Preparing for the new Standards

Due to popular demand, the commission have scheduled additional standalone half-day workshops in each state following their sold out Preparing for the new Standards events.

These workshops are activity based and designed to support participants to understand and apply the Standards. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to practice applying them in relation to consumer and service issue case studies. In doing so you will consider what the consumer outcome focus means for aged care providers.

Duration: Half day (3.5 hours)

Cost: $220 (inc. GST) per participant. Includes light refreshments only.

New dates:

Register now

Published: Apr 8, 2019

2019-20 Health Portfolio Budget

The 2019-20 Health Portfolio Budget Statements inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes by entities within the Health portfolio.

Read more:

2019-20 Health Portfolio Budget Statements (.pdf)

Health Portfolio Overview (.pdf)

Department Outcomes – 6: Ageing and Aged Care (.pdf)

Published: Apr 8, 2019

Record Investment Advances Long Term National Health Plan

The Liberal National Government is investing a record $104 billion in 2019–20, up from $75 billion in 2012–13, as part of a comprehensive, patient-focused investment of $435 billion over the next four years.

It guarantees Medicare, makes a range of life-saving medicines and services more accessible and affordable, reduces out-of-pocket costs, strengthens primary care and mental health and invests in breakthrough medical research.

Supporting senior Australians

We have increased funding for aged care by $7 billion over the forward estimates, up from $13.3 billion in 2012–13 to $20.5 billion in 2018–19 to $25.4 billion in 2022–23.

Read more:

Record Investment Advances Long Term National Health Plan (.pdf)

Published: Apr 8, 2019

Aged Care Quality Bulletin #3 – March 2019

In this edition:

• Commissioner message
• Single Charter of Aged Care Rights
• Don’t miss out on workshops for the new Standards
• New Standards video production
• Consumer Experience Reports testing in home care moving ahead
• Providers encouraged to use Commission resources to prepare for the new Standards
• Get involved: Advance Care Planning
• New Plans to ensure inclusive aged care
• Commission complaints resources now available in 24 languages

Read more:

Aged Care Quality Bulletin #3 – March 2019

Published: Apr 8, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 08 April 2019

In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:

Report first step in building safer environments for elderly people in aged care

New Regulation Of Chemical And Physical Restraints In Aged Care Announced, But Are They Enough?

Surplus budget lacks relief for residential providers

Federal Budget 2019-20 – what’s in it for older Australians

Proposed models for reporting incidents in aged care released

Aged care peak bodies respond to ‘stop gap’ Federal Budget

Budget 2019: Aged care and pensioners

Published: Apr 4, 2019

Help inform the future of aged care navigation

Australian Healthcare Associates has been engaged by the department to conduct an evaluation of the Aged Care System Navigator Measure.

You can contribute to the evaluation by:

• Sharing your views in a phone consultation (max. 30 mins) on how to best support people who are navigating the aged care system in Australia
• Sharing information about relevant Australian or international system navigator models that you are aware of in aged care or other comparable sectors.

Read more:

Help inform the future of aged care navigation

Published: Apr 3, 2019

Transitioning to the new Aged Care Quality Standards

The Commission has released some updates to ‘Guidance and Resources for Providers to support the Aged Care Quality Standards’.

New content added to:

Standard 1 – Purpose and scope of the Standards:

“They are also expected to be responsive, inclusive and sensitive to consumers who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The consumer defines their own identity and this should be respected and not questioned.”

Standard 3 – Requirement (3) (d):

Inclusion of “changes” or deterioration in the health or function of a consumer.

Published: Apr 3, 2019

Minimising physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care

Restraint must only be used as a last resort.

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced new regulatory requirements to minimise the inappropriate use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care homes.

The Quality of Care Principles 2014 have been amended to reflect specific requirements that come into effect on 1 July 2019.

Read more:

Minimising physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care

Stronger Restraint Regulations to Protect Senior Australians

Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019

Decision-Making Tool: Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care

Published: Apr 3, 2019

Commonwealth Home Support Programme funding extension 2020–2022

Funding certainty to ensure continued service provision for clients

As part of the 2019 Australian Government Budget package announced yesterday, funding for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will be extended from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022.

Current CHSP grant agreements remain in place until 30 June 2020.

Read more:

CHSP funding extension 2020–2022

Published: Apr 2, 2019

Specialist Dementia Care Program – phase one grant opportunity

Phase one grant opportunity for the Specialist Dementia Care Program is now open on the GrantConnect website until Tuesday, 28 May 2019.

Approved providers of residential aged care with a service in one of the Primary Health Networks below are invited to apply to operate a specialist dementia care unit.

Read more:

Specialist Dementia Care Program – phase one grant opportunity

Specialist Dementia Care Program

Published: Apr 1, 2019

Easter Holidays (2019)

From all the staff at Management Advantage, we would like to wish you a safe and Happy Easter for the upcoming holiday.

Both the Management Advantage Office and Manad Plus Help Desk will be closed:

• Good Friday (Friday 19th April)

The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open:

• Easter Monday (Monday 22nd April)
• Anzac Day (Thursday 25th April)

While the office is closed and if you have any questions/issues please email support@manad.com.au or leave a message on our answering machine (1300 62 62 32) and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

Remember to always use the self-help tools for assistance. If using version 5, go to: Help > Help Centre. If using version 4, go to: User Options > Tip Sheets.

Published: Apr 1, 2019

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 01 April 2019

In Case You Missed It – Below are links to recent articles on Aged Care and Healthcare that may be of interest:

Call to speed up implementation of charter of rights

New charter strengthens consumer rights framework

Paving the way for interoperability in Australian healthcare

Aged Care Providers Call For More Staff Training On New Quality Standards

Scholarships aim to close gaps in palliative care services

Competency-based training for nurses leads to better care for aged

The Conversation

Aged care royal commission hears kickbacks offered to secure home care clients

The institutions bringing aged care residents together with toddlers in early learning centres

Aged care homes facing new rules on restraints as Federal Government unveils crackdown

Resident’s payment class not provided to facility until after entry under new model

Published: Mar 30, 2019

Stronger Restraint Regulations to Protect Senior Australians

The Morrison Government has moved to significantly strengthen the regulations that apply to the use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care homes.

In January this year, I said we would strengthen regulations because we will not tolerate the use of physical and chemical restraints. Restraint must only be used as a last resort.

The regulatory changes I intend to sign into law next week set out specific provider responsibilities in relation to the use of physical and chemical restraint in aged care homes to apply from 1 July 2019.

We have moved quickly, working with a group of key stakeholders to inform a regulatory approach to minimise the inappropriate use of restraints, treating chemical and physical restraints as separate issues.

Read more:

Stronger Restraint Regulations to Protect Senior Australians (.pdf)

Published: Mar 29, 2019

Options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for aged care

KPMG has delivered a report outlining options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for government-subsidised aged care providers.

Following a recommendation of the Carnell Paterson Review, the Department engaged KPMG to undertake extensive stakeholder consultation and analysis to develop a report outlining options for Government consideration.

Read more:

Options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for aged care

Strengthening protections for older Australians – Options for a national aged care Serious Incident Response Scheme report (.pdf)

Published: Mar 29, 2019

Culture Training for Nurses working with Seniors

The Morrison Government will provide $300,000 for development of a new learning framework to help nurses working with senior Australians from many cultures.

The framework will be particularly relevant to nurses working in aged care or providing health care to the significant and growing proportion of senior people in Australia who come from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Our health system, including the aged care system, must be able and ready to respond to the needs of every person in our increasingly diverse society.

In 1981, 25 per cent of people aged 65 and over were born overseas. By 2011 this had grown to 36 per cent, with 61 per cent of these senior people born in non-English speaking countries.

Read more:

Culture Training for Nurses working with Seniors (.pdf)

Published: Mar 29, 2019

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 2019/5

In this issue:

• Resources to support Care Leavers in aged care
• Tip sheets for palliative aged care

Residential Care:

• Proposed New Residential Care Funding Model
• Macular Disease Foundation Australia digital training tools

Home Care:

• New legislative requirements for home care providers – Pricing Information

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 2019/5 (.pdf)