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Published: Dec 15, 2015

Aged Care cut in Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)

The 2015 16 MYEFO document was released on 15 December 2015 by the Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison announced that $472 million would be cut from aged care services and $595 million from health workforce programs, including aged care.

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Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)

APPENDIX A: POLICY DECISIONS TAKEN SINCE THE 2015 16 BUDGET

2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook – The Bare Facts (.pdf)

Published: Dec 12, 2015

Aged Care Pricing Commissioner’s Annual Report 2014 – 15

The Aged Care Pricing Commissioner’s Annual Report 2014 – 15 includes information required to be reported under the Aged Care Act 1997, and other aspects of the Commissioner’s operations.

Read more:

Aged Care Pricing Commissioner Annual Report 2014-15 (.pdf)

Published: Dec 11, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 31

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 31 – 11 Dec 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Dec 10, 2015

Hepburn Health is ‘Over the Rainbow’

Hepburn Health Service, a healthcare provider delivering services to a population of 17,000 people in country Victoria, is the first aged and home care provider in Australia to receive a Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

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Hepburn Health is ‘Over the Rainbow’

Published: Dec 9, 2015

End of the Year Reminders for all Providers

There are important end of year reminders from the Department of Human Services (DHS) on:

– Operational hours over the holiday period

– Advance payments for January 2016

– Checking your claim form

– Quarterly Review January 2016

– What is the Quarterly Review?

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End of the Year Reminders for all Providers

Published: Dec 7, 2015

ACAT Assessments and Care Recipient Admissions

DoH have received a number of enquiries about when an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment is required.

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ACAT Assessments and Care Recipient Admissions

Published: Dec 1, 2015

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – November 2015

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the November 2015 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

Read more:

Quality Standard – November 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Dec 1, 2015

National Aged Care Quality Indicator Programme

Updated: 1st December 2015

DSS have updated their site on the The National Aged Care Quality Indicator Programme which is voluntary for aged care service providers.

Implementation of the programme commences on 1 January 2016 for residential aged care facilities.

Read more:

Quality Indicators

Published: Nov 30, 2015

Residential Aged Care Communiqué – Volume 10, Issue 4, November 2015

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 10, Issue 4, November 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 30, 2015

2014–15 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

The Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) meets the requirement of section 63-2 of the Act that the Minister present to Parliament a report on the operation of the Act for each financial year.

This report describes the operation of the Act during 2014–15 and includes additional information to aid an understanding of aged care programmes and policies.

Read more:

2014–15 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 27, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 30

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 30 – 27 Nov 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 25, 2015

Congratulations Webstercare – ITAC 2015 award for ‘ICT Innovative Company of the Year’

Congratulations to Webstercare for winning the ITAC 2015 award for ‘ICT Innovative Company of the Year’.

The RxMedChart system is Webstercare’s computer generated version of the National Residential Medication Chart (NRMC) and will change the way medications are prescribed, dispensed and managed in residential aged care facilities.

Read more:

Rx MedChart (link)

Manad Plus has an interface with their computerised system for administration:

MedSig – Computerised, paperless signing for nurses (link)

Published: Nov 20, 2015

Emergency Risk Management Plans 2015-16

Released by DoH: 20 Nov 2015

“As the high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires approaches it is vital that all aged care services are well prepared and able to respond to a range of emergency events.
Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management planning by providers and support from all levels of government.”

Read more:

Emergency Risk Management Plans 2015-16 (web)
Providers of Residential and Flexible Aged Care (.pdf)
Approved Providers of Home Care (.pdf)

Published: Nov 13, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 29

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 29 – 13-Nov-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 9, 2015

Aged Care Commissioner – Annual Report 2014-15

The Aged Care Commissioner’s Annual Report 2014-15 describes key activities and initiatives undertaken during the year and reports on information required under the Aged Care Act 1997.

In addition, the Aged Care Commissioner reports on a variety of other measures, in the interests of transparency and increasing public understanding of the role and functions of the office.

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Annual Report 2014-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 5, 2015

Ageing and Aged Care now part of Department of Health

Due to recent government changes, responsibility for ageing and aged care has moved to the Department of Health from 5 November 2015.

From Monday 9 November 2015, you will notice that we will be using Department of Health email addresses (@health.gov.au). However, Department of Social Services email addresses (@dss.gov.au) will continue to work until further notice.

Read more:

Ageing and Aged Care now part of Department of Health (link)

Published: Nov 1, 2015

Analysis of Dementia Programmes funded by the Department of Social Services – Final Report

KPMG was engaged in March 2015 by the Department of Social Services to conduct an analysis of dementia programmes and services funded by the Department. The analysis is intended to inform future dementia programme and policy development by the Australian Government. This document is the final report for the project.

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Analysis of Dementia Programmes funded by the Department of Social Services – Final report (.pdf)

Published: Oct 29, 2015

New Complaints Handling Standard

Proactive Complaints Management has sent out an update that there is a new Australia/New Zealand Standard – Guidelines for Complaint Management in Organisations, AS/NZS 10002:2014.

This new standard has been developed and supersedes, AS ISO 10002-2006 – Customer satisfaction: Guidelines for complaints handling in organisations.

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The PCM Report – Issue 10 – 29-10-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Oct 28, 2015

Quality Standard – October 2015

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the October 2015 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

You can view the .pdf of the newsletter here:

Quality Standard – October 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Oct 23, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 28

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 28 – 23-Oct-2015 (.pdf)