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Published: Apr 18, 2016

Uninstall QuickTime for Windows

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommend users uninstall Apple’s QuickTime for Microsoft Windows.

Apple will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and unpatched vulnerabilities could be used to remotely compromise Windows computers.

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Remove Apple QuickTime from your PC now, warn security researchers and US government
Urgent Call to Action: Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Today
Uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows

Published: Apr 12, 2016

DHS: Case Study for Annual MTCF Caps

DHS has released a Communique to Aged Care Providers on a case study for Means Tested Care Fee (MTCF) Annual Caps.

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Communique from the Department of Human Services containing a Case Study on Annual Caps

Published: Apr 12, 2016

Microsoft Support for SQL Server 2005 Ended on April 12, 2016

Microsoft support for SQL Server 2005 ended on April 12, 2016.

If you are still running SQL Server 2005, you will no longer receive security updates.

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Extended support for SQL Server 2005 ended on April 12, 2016
Microsoft Support Lifecycle

Published: Apr 11, 2016

Announcement of inaugural CEO of integrated National LASA

LASA National Chairman Dr Graeme Blackman has announced the appointment of Mr Sean Rooney as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of a unified national LASA.

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Announcement of inaugural CEO of integrated national LASA (.pdf)

Published: Apr 8, 2016

Media Release: New four-strain flu vaccine available from this month

Media Release: 08 April 2016

A new four-strain flu vaccine, protecting against the nasty Brisbane virus, is being made available for at-risk Australians for free from this month by the Turnbull Government, to help them build up their immunity in time for the peak flu season due in August 2016.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today announced the Federal Government had already begun rolling out the new 2016 vaccine, with $31.3 million made available for up to 4.48 million free doses of the new flu booster.

Ms Ley said the Turnbull Government had moved quickly to upgrade Australia’s flu vaccine stocks from three strains to four, after the arrival of the Brisbane flu strain last year led to 2015 being recorded as the worst flu season in years.

Read more:

New four-strain flu vaccine available from this month (.pdf)

Published: Apr 8, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/6

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/6 (.pdf)

Published: Apr 1, 2016

Central Coast Local Health District – Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual for Aged Care Facilities (2nd edition)

The Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual for Aged Care Facilities (2nd edition) is now available for free download from the Central Coast Local Health District, Public Health Nutrition webpage.

This manual has been developed to help aged care homes provide optimal, safe, nutritious and enjoyable food for residents.

The major themes throughout the new edition are maximising resident food enjoyment and minimising malnutrition. Emphasis is on enjoying everyday foods and removing unnecessary dietary restrictions which can lead to malnutrition.

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Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual – Edition 2 (.pdf)

Published: Mar 24, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/5

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/5 (.pdf)

Published: Mar 20, 2016

Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) – 1 April to 30 June 2016

The Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) applicable to ‘refund periods’ for refundable deposit balances and accommodation bond balances and for accommodation prices will increase from 6.22% to 6.28% for the period of 1 April to 30 June 2016.

The Base Interest Rate remains unchanged at 3.75%.

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Refundable Deposit Balance and Accommodation Bond Balance Refund Interest Rates

Published: Mar 19, 2016

DSS Schedule of Fees and Charges – Rate Updates – 20th March 2016

The Maximum Basic Daily Fee for Residential Care from 20th March 2016 is now: $48.25.

For pre 1 July 2014 residents the Protected, Phased and Non-Standard rates have also changed (see .pdf below)

The complete list of updated DSS Schedule of Fees and Charges can be found below:

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care: from 20 March 2016 (.pdf)

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents: from 20 March 2016 (.pdf)

 

Published: Mar 18, 2016

Media Release: $910 million boost creates over 17,000 new aged care places

Media Release: 18 March 2016

Thousands of Australians will benefit from a substantial increase in funding for aged care services, with the Australian Government announcing 17,385 new aged care places worth an estimated $910 million.

Announcing the results of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) and new arrangements for the 2016 ACAR, Minister for Aged Care Sussan Ley said the additional funding would benefit thousands of older Australians.

Of the 17,385 new places, 10,940 include new residential places worth an estimated $678.3 million and 6,445 new home care places, worth an estimated $232.4 million.

“These new home care places help our elderly remain in their own home and receive the care they need, which is particularly important for anyone with high-level needs,” Ms Ley said.

Read more:

$910 million boost creates over 17,000 new aged care places (.pdf)

Published: Mar 18, 2016

Results of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

A total of 17,385 new aged care places (10,940 residential aged care places and 6,445 home care places) were allocated across Australia in the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). These new places have an estimated annual recurrent funding value of over $910 million.

In addition, $67 million in capital grants has been allocated nationwide to help aged care providers to establish new services or upgrade existing facilities.

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Results of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

Published: Mar 17, 2016

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – March 2016

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

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Quality Standard – March 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Mar 17, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/4

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/4 (.pdf)

Published: Mar 11, 2016

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 (Fri 25th March).

The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open

Easter Monday (Mon 28th March), and this coming
Labour Day – VIC & TAS (Mon 14th March).

Published: Mar 1, 2016

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine – Residential Aged Care Communiqué (February 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 1, February 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Feb 29, 2016

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – February 2016

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

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Quality Standard – February 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Feb 26, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/3

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/3 (.pdf)

Published: Feb 16, 2016

Australia’s population has now reached 24 million!

Australia’s population has now reached 24 million!

What does 24 million people look like?

In 1971, 28.7 per cent of the population were children (0-14 years), 63 per cent were working age (15-64 years) and 8.3 per cent of the population were aged 65+. There were 2.9 children born per woman, the median age of the population was 27.5 years and life expectancy was 68.3 years for males and 74.8 years for females. 20.2 per cent of the population was born overseas.

In 2015, 18.8 per cent of the population were children, 66.2 per cent were working age and 15 per cent were aged 65+. There were 1.8 children born per woman, the median age of the population was 37.4 years and life expectancy was 80.3 years for males and 84.4 years for females. 28.1 per cent of the population was born overseas.

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Population clock
Video: Australia’s Population Milestones: To 24 million and beyond

Published: Feb 12, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/2

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/2 (.pdf)