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Published: Jun 1, 2016

Manad Plus Help Desk – 100% Satisfaction Rating for May 2016!

The Help Desk received a 100% satisfaction rating for the month of May 2016!

Thank you to everyone that provides feedback via the links at the completion of their support tickets. It’s great to hear you appreciate all the work our Help Desk staff provide to answer your queries and assist with any issues.

It is really nice to hear some of the comments like these:

“Melaan has a great knowledge of the billing system. Was a great help”
“always very patient and easy to understand, thanks”
“Great service”
“Excellent, very prompt and thorough!”
“Simply outstanding. Saved my sanity! Can’t thank you enough!”
“I am happy with Manad customer support as they had a good knowledge about the application and provided me specific answers”

Published: May 31, 2016

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine – Residential Aged Care Communiqué (May 2016)

The latest edition of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué is now available.

The Residential Aged Care Communiqué (RAC Communiqué) is an electronic publication containing narrative case reports about lessons learned from the Coroners’ investigations into preventable deaths in Residential Aged Care facilities.

Read more:

Residential Aged Care Communiqué – Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2016 (.pdf)

Published: May 26, 2016

Microsoft to end free Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft will stop prompting users to upgrade to its Windows 10 operating system when its offer to migrate for free expires on July 29 2016 US time.

Read more:

Upgrade to Windows 10: FAQ

Published: May 26, 2016

Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People (PASCOP) has changed its name to Meaningful Ageing Australia

Australia’s national peak body for spiritual care and ageing has changed its name to Meaningful Ageing Australia.

Formerly known as ‘Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People (PASCOP)’, the new name aims to more clearly communicate to a wider audience what the organisation is about.

Read more:

Meaningful Ageing Australia
PASCOP Meaningful Ageing eNewsletter • APRIL

Published: May 24, 2016

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results, 2015

This publication is the first release of data from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC).

It presents key information about disability prevalence in Australia as well as data about older Australians (those aged 65 years and over). Data is also included about people with disability who reported that they had experienced discrimination.

Older Australians – In 2015:

– There were 3.5 million older Australians (those aged 65 years and over), that’s nearly one in seven people (15.1% of the total population).
– Around 1.8 million older Australians reported living with disability (7.7% of the total population).
– Some 654,600 older Australians had profound or severe disability (18.5% of older Australians).

Read more:

4430.0.10.001 – Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results, 2015

Published: May 23, 2016

LASA – Reverse $3 billion funding cuts

Media Release: 23rd May 2016

 

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) spokesperson Beth Cameron is demanding Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reverse $3.1 billion of funding cuts his government has stripped from aged care.

The call comes after the inauguration of the first national board of a unified Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) peak body, replacing its former federated model.
“Our first item of business as a national board and a unified peak body is to seek a commitment from all political parties contesting the 2016 Federal Election to reverse funding cuts to aged care of $3.1 billion.”

Read more:

Media release: Reverse $3.1 billion funding cuts – fund the care seniors need and deserve (.pdf)

Published: May 23, 2016

How to Help Residents Complete the 2016 Census

The 2016 Census will be conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 9 August 2016.

Helping residents fill out forms

Where possible, care recipients should complete Census forms in the same way as any member of the public.
If you have care recipients who cannot physically fill out their forms, or cannot get help from family members or representatives, you may be able to nominate a staff member to be recruited and paid by the ABS as a Special Field Officer to help. The Special Field Officer can assist care recipients by interview or use information from administrative records to complete the Census form.

Read more:

How to help residents complete the 2016 Census
2016 Census Field Officers

Published: May 23, 2016

Message from Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP

Message from Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP

The Turnbull Government is committed to delivering a plan to create a consumer-driven market approach to aged care, one which can also protect special needs groups and work in geographic areas where it is not always practical for providers to be ‘on the ground’.

Through our integrated approach to reform, we are also committed to supporting a diverse range of providers to be responsive to the care needs of older Australians.

Read more:

Minister’s message (.pdf)

Published: May 20, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/9

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/9 (.pdf)

Published: May 16, 2016

REMINDER: Annual Service, Support & Upgrade Fees 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 Annual Service, Support & Upgrade Fees were sent out today for renewal for the coming financial year.

All annual fees currently expire on the 30th June 2016 so please ensure your accounts department has processed this prior to expiry to continue receiving support and all upgrades from 1 July 2016.

If you do not believe you received the invoice then please email accounts@manad.com.au to request another copy.

Published: May 14, 2016

Happy Birthday to us, 24 years!

Happy Birthday to us!

Management Advantage has just had its 24th Birthday.

Published: May 13, 2016

LASA – Budget cuts to aged care $350 million more than Gov admitted

Media release – Friday 13 May, 2016

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, says closer analysis of the Budget cuts to aged care show an additional $350 million will be removed from care services than the Government has projected, resulting in more than $2 billion in cuts expected over the next four years.

“We are appalled that the Government and Department have downplayed the total amount they are ripping from aged care services through changes to ACFI,” LASA spokesperson Beth Cameron said.

“Independent analysis by Ansell Strategic, commissioned by LASA for its members, has found that the changes to ACFI will see cuts of almost $350 million more than initially thought. Coupled with the reduction of $607 million announced last December, aged care providers will have to find about $2 billion from other sources to make up the shortfall and remain viable,” she said.

Read more:

Media release – Budget cuts to aged care $350 million more than Gov admitted
Ansell Strategic – “In a nutshell” The impact of budget cuts to aged care #2 – Budget Cuts Understated and Misdirected (.pdf)

Published: May 6, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/8

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/8 (.pdf)

Published: May 6, 2016

Winter is coming…and so are ACFI changes!

In the 2016–17 Budget it was outlined there will be changes to residential care funding arrangements. The changes will be implemented in two stages.

Part A – Changes effective from 1 July 2016
– Half indexation of CHC domain in 2016–17
– Changes to certain scores in the CHC scoring matrix from 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 – for new appraisals or reappraisals of existing residents

Part B – Changes effective from 1 January 2017
– New redesigned CHC scoring matrix from 1 January 2017.
– Changes to scores and eligibility requirements for certain Complex Health Care procedures in Question 12 of ACFI

Read more:

Changes to residential aged care funding arrangements (.pdf)

Published: May 5, 2016

Aged Care Peak Bodies Respond to 2016-17 Federal Budget

Aged Care Peak Bodies Respond to 2016-17 Federal Budget.

LASA – Media release – Devastating cuts to direct aged care services continue

ACSA National Report – Budget Media Release – 3 May 2016

Published: May 5, 2016

2016-17 Federal Budget

On Tuesday 3rd May Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2016-17 Federal Budget.

ICYMI: Below are many links to different media releases, articles, facts and figures on the budget.

Department of Health & Health Minister:

MEDIA RELEASE: Budget puts patient outcomes at centre of health reform

My Aged Care – consumer access

Aged care provider funding – improving the targeting of the viability supplement for regional aged care facilities

Aged care – extending funding for unannounced compliance site visits to aged care providers

Aged care provider funding – further revision of the Aged Care Funding Instrument

Changes to the Viability Supplement

Changes to residential aged care funding arrangements

Australian Government 2016-17 Health Portfolio Budget Statements

Health Portfolio Overview

Department Outcomes – 6: Ageing and Aged Care

Published: Apr 29, 2016

Better Practice Awards 2016

From the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency:

Nominations for this year’s Quality Agency Better Practice Awards will open on 1st May and close on the 31st May 2016. We invite nominations from home care and residential aged care providers.

Central to our role in promoting high quality care, the Quality Agency provides a comprehensive program of information, education and training to the aged care sector throughout Australia. Innovation and continuous improvement in quality care is encouraged and promoted through industry events and our better practice awards.

Read more:

Better Practice Awards 2016
Nomination guide (.pdf)
Nominate online

Published: Apr 26, 2016

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – April 2016

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the April 2016 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

Read more:

Quality Standard – April 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 26, 2016

Aged Care Sector Committee – Aged Care Roadmap

The Aged Care Sector Committee (The Committee) provides advice to the Government on aged care policy development and implementation and helps to guide the future reform of the aged care system. The Committee also acts as the mechanism for consultation between the Australian Government and the aged care sector. The committee members consult broadly within their own memberships and constituencies to ensure that stakeholder views inform the policy development process.

In April 2015, the Aged Care Sector Committee was tasked by the former Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, to develop a roadmap to advise on future directions for aged care.

Read more:

Aged Care Sector Committee
Aged Care Roadmap (.pdf)

Published: Apr 22, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/7

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/7 (.pdf)