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Published: Apr 22, 2018

Mandatory vaccine programs to curb aged care influenza

Media Release: 22 April 2018

The provision of influenza vaccination programs to all staff in residential aged care homes will be compulsory, as the Turnbull Government moves to maximise protection for senior Australians ahead of this year’s this flu season.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt announced the Government will mandate flu vaccines for aged care workers and today released results of a survey showing a significant link between increased staff immunisation and lower aged care influenza outbreaks.

“It will now be mandatory for every aged care provider to offer the flu vaccine to every single worker”, Minister Hunt said.

Read more:

Mandatory vaccine programs to curb aged care influenza (.pdf)

Published: Apr 20, 2018

Integrated Carer Support Service

On 5 March 2018, the Australian Government announced an additional $85.6 million in funding over four years for the introduction of new services for carers.

This will provide carers with access to new early intervention supports and services to improve carers’ well-being and long-term outcomes.

Read more:

Integrated Carer Support Service

Published: Apr 20, 2018

New Independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

The Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, has announced that a new independent Aged Care Safety and Quality Commission will be set-up to oversee the approval, accreditation, assessment, monitoring, complaints handling and compliance of approved providers.

The new Commission will bring together the functions of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health. This is in response to the recommendations of the Carnell-Paterson review of failures at South Australia’s Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service.

Read more:

New Independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Published: Apr 20, 2018

December 2017 Aged Care Benchmark Sector Reports Released

The StewartBrown December 2017 Aged Care Financial Performance Survey (ACFPS) incorporates detailed financial and supporting data from over 915 residential aged care facilities and over 21,400 home care packages (401 home care programs) across Australia.

The quarterly survey is the largest financial benchmark within the aged care sector and provides invaluable insight into the trends and drivers of financial performance at the sector level and at the facility or program level.

StewartBrown shows that 41% of residential aged care providers were making a loss in December 2017 and the situation is predicted to get worse.

Read more:

Residential sector report for December 2017 (.pdf)

Home Care sector report for December 2017 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 20, 2018

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 20 April 2018

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

Australian Ageing Agenda:

Provider developing a driving simulator for seniors

New data shows more facilities in the red

Risk profiling, star ratings among new quality reforms

Aged Care Guide:

Media coverage continues to call into question aged care quality

Quest for quality in aged care results in new Quality and Safety Commission

Quality Agency consults with consumers for new standards

The Weekly Source:

41% of aged care providers losing money: StewartBrown blames ACFI freeze

ABC launches investigation into ‘nursing homes’ – 7.30 Report puts the spotlight on failings at QLD aged care facility

Aged care peaks call for urgent funding boost as providers fall into the red

John Pollaers pushes for aged care code of practice: The Australian

Other:

HITN – Electronic prescribing error in month-old EHR responsible for death of NSW man, State Coroner finds

HITN – Healthcare suffers almost a quarter of data breaches, as reports skyrocket under mandatory notification scheme

ITN – The virtual assistant that could help Australians with e-health records

ABC – Aged care cuts to qualified staff putting lives at risk, family of woman in septicaemia death say

ABC – Aged care safety commission a ‘one-stop shop’ to tackle elder abuse following Oakden scandal

CH9 – Aged care crisis

CH9 – Nursing home staffing debacle

Published: Apr 18, 2018

Powerful New Reforms to Ensure Safe, Quality Aged Care

Media Release: 18 April 2018

The Turnbull Government will ensure Australians in the aged care system are better cared for, through raising the quality benchmarks that homes must meet.

The significant reforms will give senior Australians and their families confidence they will be properly cared for and will, for the first time, establish a new national independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and increase transparency through a publicly available rating against quality standards.

At the heart of the latest Turnbull Government reforms, aged care regulation, compliance and complaints handling will be brought together in a new and independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Read more:

Powerful New Reforms to Ensure Safe, Quality Aged Care (.pdf)

Published: Apr 18, 2018

2018 influenza vaccines now available

Media Release: 18 April 2018

More than 4.5 million Australians who are most at risk of getting sick during this year’s flu season can now access a free influenza vaccine, under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program.

Last year we saw the highest influenza activity in Australia in almost a decade, mirroring a global trend, with more than 250,000 Australians testing positive for influenza and double the normal hospitalisations.

I urge all Australians to consider getting a flu shot this year. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for any person six months of age and older, with vaccines also available on the private market.

It’s important to get the flu shot every year, as the virus changes year to year.

Read more:

2018 influenza vaccines now available (.pdf)

Published: Apr 16, 2018

Tough Talk: Australians Urged to Plan for End Of Life Care

Media Release: 16 April 2018

Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week begins today, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the Turnbull Government understood the rapidly growing importance of Advance Care Planning and was supporting Austin Health with $4.1 million to run a three-year awareness and commitment program.

“Research shows that around half of us will be incapable of making our own medical decisions as we approach the end of our lives,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Despite this, less than 15% of Australians have recorded an Advance Care Plan.

Read more:

Tough Talk: Australians Urged to Plan for End Of Life Care (.pdf)

Published: Apr 13, 2018

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2018/6

In this issue:

• My Aged Care website enhancements
• Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce employee survey closing soon
• My Aged Care ‘how-to’ videos updated
• Guidance for providers on My Aged Care complaints
• Help older Australians get online – join Be Connected

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 2018/6 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 10, 2018

My Aged Care website enhancements

In the next few days you’ll notice some changes to the My Aged Care website. The updates include a new homepage and simpler navigation across the website to guide users through the steps to accessing aged care services.

Read more:

My Aged Care website enhancements

Published: Apr 9, 2018

More funding for Men’s Sheds across Australia

Media Release: 9 April 2018

The Turnbull Government is providing funding to 90 Men’s Sheds across the country to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of Australian men.

Men’s Sheds will receive grants totalling $395,000 under round 16 of the National Shed Development Programme to help them buy tools, maintain sheds and host community activities focused on men’s health issues.

Men’s Sheds are helping Australian men to stay healthy and strong in every way.

They offer a friendly, welcoming environment where men can connect with each other without pressure. They can work on projects or just hang out.

Read more:

More funding for Men’s Sheds across Australia (.pdf)

Details of all the new grants can be found at the:

Australian Men’s Shed Association website

Published: Apr 6, 2018

Physiotherapy for aged care residents – provider responsibilities

Residential aged care providers are reminded of their responsibilities when providing physiotherapy services, and when fees can apply.

Providers must provide rehabilitation support (including physiotherapy) to all care recipients who need it. Fees do not apply to rehabilitation support.

Providers must also provide maintenance therapy and more intensive therapy (including physiotherapy), whether provided by, or as directed by, a health professional.

Read more:

Physiotherapy for aged care residents – provider responsibilities

Additional guidance can be found in the:

Care and services in aged care homes – Information for approved providers (.pdf)

Published: Apr 5, 2018

Preparing for seasonal influenza in residential aged care

View the first 2018 communique from the Queensland Department of Health on seasonal influenza for residential aged care providers.

Advice from the Australian Government’s Chief Medical Officer on seasonal influenza in residential aged care facilities will be available in April 2018.

Read more:

Preparing for seasonal influenza in residential aged care

Queensland Department of Health – Seasonal Influenza (.pdf)

Published: Apr 5, 2018

New version of the Manad Plus Mobile App available!

Both our Android & iOS Apps have received an update with some bug fixes and speed improvements. This new version is now available in both App Stores.

The current Manad Plus Mobile App versions are now:

• Android devices: 1.8.115.0

• Apple devices: 1.8.115.0

These are both compatible with the new desktop version: v5.5.53231.0 or higher.

Published: Apr 5, 2018

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2018/5

Residential Care:

• Federal Court ruling – ‘asset replacement charges’
• ACFI appraisals – the seven-day rule

All:

• Keep your staff details current in the Provider Portal
• ACFA Respite Care consultation closing soon
• Reminder: please use ‘My Aged Care’ not ‘MAC’

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 2018/5 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 5, 2018

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – March 2018

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released a new issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

In this issue…

• Introduction of unannounced re-accreditation audits
• Nominate in April for our Better Practice Awards!
• 2018 Better Practice Conference
• Prepare now for flu season
• Developing and testing guidance for new Aged Care Quality Standards
• Education on the new standards
• Celebrating Harmony Day
• In Brief: new resources, courses, events and announcements

Read more:

Quality Standard – March 2018 (.pdf)

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Published: Apr 5, 2018

ICYMI: Aged Care & Healthcare in the News – 05 April 2018

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

SMHMedical records exposed by flaw in Telstra Health’s Argus software

ITNewsHealth breached privacy law in open data bungle: OAIC

ACGGPs visiting aged care homes say it’s a “frustrating experience”

ACGAdvocacy group pulls through in protecting pensioners on Opposition proposal

NZHVulnerable elderly restrained in chairs all day: documents

TWSAACQA data reveals big rise in aged care complaints and serious risk decisions

Published: Mar 28, 2018

Happy Easter!

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

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

• Good Friday (Friday 30th March)

The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open:

• Easter Monday (Monday 2nd 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: Mar 28, 2018

Manad Plus Mobile App – New iOS Version Available

Our iOS (Apple) App has now received an update and is available in the App Store.

The current Manad Plus Mobile App versions are now:

• Google Play Store: 1.8.112.2

• iTunes App Store: 1.8.114.4

These are both compatible with the new desktop version: v5.5.53231.0 or higher.

Published: Mar 28, 2018

[Update] Message from DHS: Quarterly Review March 2018

Attached is an updated communique from the Department of Human Services.

Read more:

[Update] Message from DHS: Quarterly Review March 2018 (.pdf)