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Published: Oct 22, 2015

Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs)

A new Turnbull Government initiative will provide a helping hand to aged care residents who exhibit severe behaviour as a result of their dementia and assist them to manage their symptoms.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley said the $54.5 million commitment to establish Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs) across Australia would better support residents with dementia to minimise them from being unnecessarily transferred to a higher security or acute facility.

Read more:

Media Release: Providing the helping hand for dementia severe behaviour (.pdf)

Commencement of Severe Behaviour Response Teams (link)

Severe Behaviour Response Teams Information Pack (.pdf)

Published: Oct 9, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 27

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 27

DSS has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.
Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 27 – 09-Oct-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Oct 1, 2015

1 October: International Day of Older Persons

1 October is the International Day of Older Persons.

Today, world-wide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over; this total will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them in the developing world.

Read more:

1 October: International Day of Older Persons

Published: Sep 30, 2015

New Minister for Aged Care

Sussan Ley has been announced as the new Minister for Aged Care, in addition to her portfolio responsibilities as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

The announcement means that aged care will move from the Department of Social Services back to the Department of Health.

Read more:

Media Statement: Appointment as Minister for Aged Care (.pdf)

Published: Sep 28, 2015

Quality Standard – September 2015

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

You can view the .pdf of the newsletter here:

Quality Standard – September 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 25, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 26

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 26

DSS has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.
Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 26 – 25-Sep-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 22, 2015

Manad Plus in the News: Pulse+IT

An article on Manad Plus was recently published in Pulse+IT, Australasia’s first and only eHealth and Health IT magazine.

Read more:

Manad Plus goes native for care worker mobility

Published: Sep 20, 2015

Aged Care Fees and Charges – 20 Sep 2015

DSS has release the latest updates to aged care fees and charges from 20th September 2015.

For those residents entering, or consumers commencing a home care package from 1 July 2014, the following Schedule applies:

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care: from 20 September 2015 (.pdf)

Current residents will remain on their current arrangements as per the attached Schedule:

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents: from 20 September 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 11, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 25

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 25 – 11-Sep-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 1, 2015

Maggie Beer Foundation – Wellbeing Gardens Program

Maggie Beer Foundation has announced a new initiative to support the development of a number of spectacular gardens in aged care homes across Victoria via their Wellbeing Gardens Program!

If your aged care home is located in Victoria and has an exisiting space that is looking a little tired, one that is crying out for expansion or you want to start from scratch, they would love to hear from you.

– Applications open 10am EST 1st September 2015

– Applications close 5pm EST 13th October 2015

Read more:
Wellbeing Gardens Program (.pdf)

Apply here:
Maggie Beer Foundation Wellbeing Gardens Program (link)

Published: Aug 28, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 24

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 24 – 28-Aug-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 27, 2015

LASA-Victoria Small Provider Award 2015

Congratulation to one of our clients who recently won the LASA Victoria Small Provider Award 2015

Winner – Gisborne Oaks

“Gisborne Oaks is a regional not-for-proft 75 bed aged care facility located in Gisborne, Macedon Ranges region. The facility supports the community by providing high, low and dementia care. Over the last year the facility has implemented a range of service and quality initiatives to enhance resident care.”

Published: Aug 27, 2015

LASA-Victoria Emerging Leader Award 2015

Congratulation to two of our clients who recently won and came runner-up in the LASA Victoria Emerging Leader Award 2015.

Winner – Candice Leitch, Director of Care – The Australian Aged Care Group, Banfields Aged Care

“Candice is an amazing young leader who manages a 90 bed facility. Her respect and the value she places on individuals is a standout feature of her leadership; combined with a thorough approach to care is both brilliant, encouraging and warm. She is a breath of fresh air!”

Finalist – Tracie Pearson, Director of Care Services – Echuca Community for the Aged

Published: Aug 27, 2015

Quality Standard – August 2015

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

You can view the .pdf of the newsletter here:

Quality Standard – August 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 24, 2015

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine – Residential Aged Care Communiqué

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 3, August 2015 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 20, 2015

Manad Plus Now Supports Windows 10

Microsoft’s new operating system (OS), Windows 10, has now been released.

We have tested Manad Plus with this new OS and have not had an issue. We have now added this OS to our supported OS list.

Read more:
Windows 10 – Q&A
Windows 10 – Specifications

Published: Aug 17, 2015

Let’s talk about quality

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has produced a discussion paper to get you thinking, asking questions, debating and exploring how to describe, encourage, measure and monitor quality in aged care services.

You can download the discussion paper here:

Let’s talk about quality (.pdf)

Published: Aug 14, 2015

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 23

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

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue 23 – 14-Aug-2015 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 1, 2015

2015 Pets in Aged Care Grants

Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA) has released the 2015 Pets in Aged Care Grants.

The aim of this grant is to support aged care residents who have pets. Grant funding will assist facilities and residents make suitable arrangements or modifications to enable residents and their pets maintain an existing bond.

You can download the application form below:

Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals – Grant Application Form (.pdf)

NOTE: Closing Date for Applications – 11th September 2015

Published: Aug 1, 2015

Quality Standard – July 2015

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

You can view the .pdf of the newsletter here:

Quality Standard – July 2015 (.pdf)