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Published: Sep 22, 2016

AFL Grand Final Public Holiday 2016 (VIC)

The Management Advantage office will be closed next Friday 30th September for the ‘day before the Grand Final Public Holiday’.

IMPORTANT: The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open on Friday 30th September.

Published: Sep 20, 2016

Indexation Rates for Residential Aged Care and Home Care Packages (20 Sep 2016)

The schedules for residential and home care fees and charges, as well as subsidies and supplements have been updated to take effect from 20 September 2016 in line with changes to the basic age pension and indexation rates. The new rates are now available and include:

• Maximum Basic Daily Fee (Residential Care) and Standard Resident contribution – including respite residents is $48.44
• Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) will decrease from 6.01% to 5.76% for the period of 1 October 2016 to 30 December 2016.
• The Base Interest Rate remains unchanged at 3.75%.

Read more:

Australian Government Residential Aged Care and Home Care Supplements (.pdf)
Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home care – for care recipients that commenced care on or after 1 July 2014 (.pdf)
Schedule of Resident Fees and Charges for residents in care on 30 June 2014 (.pdf)
Indexation rates for Residential Aged Care and Home Care Packages and changes to the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR)

Published: Sep 19, 2016

New Guide to Combining Aged Care Services

A new guide to combining aged care services to assist approved providers manage their aged care places is now available on the department’s website.

This guide explains the process involved, and some important things approved providers should consider before making this business decision.

Read more:

New guide to combining aged care services
Guide to combining aged care services (.pdf)

Published: Sep 15, 2016

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine – Residential Aged Care Communiqué (August 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 3, August 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 12, 2016

Industry alert: Risk associated with use of KA524 bed poles (or similar)

The department wishes to alert all Australian Government subsidised aged care services to the Tasmanian Coroner’s inquest findings related to the use of bed poles in aged care facilities.

The Tasmanian Coroner’s report recommends that aged care services immediately cease the use of model KA524 bed poles (or similar) due to the unacceptable risk of death associated with this device.

Read more:

Industry alert: Risk associated with use of KA524 bed poles (or similar)

Tasmanian Coroner Full Report (.pdf)

Published: Sep 9, 2016

2016 Aged Care Financing Authority Annual Report

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) presented its 2016 Report on Funding and Financing of the Aged Care Industry to government on 29 July 2016.

This report examines the structure and operation of the Australian aged care sector and its key characteristics.

Read the report to find out more on:

• early observations on the impact of recent reforms
• funding and financial performance of the sector based on 2014-15 data
• emerging opportunities and challenges for the sector.

Read more:

2016 Aged Care Financing Authority Annual Report
2016 Report on Funding and Financing of the Aged Care Industry (.pdf)

Published: Sep 9, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/17

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 #2016/17 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 5, 2016

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – August 2016

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

Read more:

Quality Standard – August 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 26, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/16

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 #2016/16 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 12, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/15

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 #2016/15 (.pdf)

Published: Aug 10, 2016

National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care

Meaningful Ageing Australia is pleased to announce the release of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.

The Guidelines are based on the principles of a whole-of-organisation approach, valuing relational care, affirming that spiritual care is everyone’s business, and that spiritual care is about growth and flourishing.

The Guidelines put forward five domains of spiritual care, with ten outcomes under each domain:

1. Organisational leadership and alignment
2. Relationships and connectedness
3. Identifying and meeting spiritual needs
4. Ethical context of spiritual care
5. Enabling spiritual expression

Read more:

Media Release: Spiritual guidelines balance art and science of spirituality in aged care – 9 August 2016 (.pdf)
Guidelines for Spiritual Care (.pdf)

Published: Aug 3, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/14

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 #2016/14 (.pdf)

Published: Jul 15, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/13

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 #2016/13 (.pdf)

Published: Jul 3, 2016

Victorian Government: Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government has established the $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund as part of its commitment to better health for people in rural and regional Victoria.

The fund will provide upgrades for rural and regional hospitals to ensure Victorians, regardless of where they live, have access to quality health care when they need it.

Funding will assist regional and rural health services to improve:

– safety and quality of services
– service capacity
– models of care
– patient and staff amenity and
– service efficiency.

Projects will be determined through application-based funding rounds, with rural and regional hospitals and health services and agencies able to make submissions.

Applications close 29 August 2016.

Read more:

Victorian Government: Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

Published: Jul 2, 2016

New Department of Health Website for Ageing and Aged Care content

From 1 July 2016 Ageing and Aged Care content will be moved from the Department of Social Services website to the Department of Health’s platform at agedcare.health.gov.au.

This is due to Machinery of Government changes which moved the responsibility for Ageing and Aged Care from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Health. The switchover will not be instantaneous as it can take some time for pages to appear. You will be able to continue to access content from the DSS site until the migration is complete. There will be re-directs in place if you use an old DSS url.

agedcare.health.gov.au

 

Published: Jul 1, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/12

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 #2016/12 (.pdf)

Published: Jul 1, 2016

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – June 2016

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

Read more:

Quality Standard – June 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Jun 30, 2016

1 July 2016 Aged Care Fees and Charges

The 1 July Aged Care fees in residential and home car as well as accommodation prices have just been released.

Read more:

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care: From 1 July 2016 (.pdf)
Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents from 1 July 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Jun 30, 2016

Hot off the press…2016-2017 ACFI Rate Updates

Hot off the press…the 2016-2017 ACFI Rate Updates for Aged Care have just been released.

Rates of payment of Australian Government aged care subsidies and supplements have been updated with an effective date of 1 July 2016

Read more:

Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements from 1 July 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Jun 28, 2016

Australia’s Aged Care Sector – Economic Contribution and Future Directions

The Aged Care Guild has commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to examine both quantitatively and qualitatively the economic contribution of the aged care sector in Australia, as well as to consider broader industry trends, policy issues, existing challenges and future implications.

The purpose of this report is to highlight the significant contribution of the sector and outline future directions for the aged care industry in Australia.

Read more & Download Report:

Deloitte- Australia’s aged care sector – Economic contribution and future directions