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Published: April 5, 2022
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Your Aged Care Update #06

News about the reforms:

• 1,500 new Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships
• Food and Nutrition report reveals spending increase
• Reminder: Have your say on new residential aged care design standards

Other news:

• Have your say: Aged care research priorities survey
• Webinar: Digital Transformation Tech Talk
• Meeting the diverse needs of senior Australians

For residential care providers:

• Deployment of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for residential aged care facilities
• AN-ACC technical documentation now available for software developers

For home care providers:

• Changes to My Aged Care: update your pricing information now

Read more:

Your Aged Care Update #06 (.pdf)

Published: April 4, 2022
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Aged Care Alert: Specialist Dementia Care Program Phase Two Grant Opportunity now open

Residential Aged Care Providers can apply now for the Specialist Dementia Care Program.

The Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) provides care for people who are exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and are unable to be appropriately cared for by mainstream aged care services. The Australian Government is committed to establish 35 SDCP units nationally, with a unit in each of the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) regions

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Aged Care Alert: Specialist Dementia Care Program Phase Two Grant Opportunity now open

Apply now on GrantConnect

Published: April 4, 2022
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Preparing your service for winter – influenza vaccinations and treatments

Influenza vaccination is particularly important this year. With the easing of international and domestic public health measures arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic, cases of influenza are expected in 2022, with the Australian community potentially more vulnerable to the virus this winter.

The recent Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on winter season preparedness strongly recommends that vaccination remains one of the most effective protective factors for both COVID-19 and influenza. Both vaccines are recommended for residents ahead of the winter season. It is also important that residents and staff are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. For residents and other vulnerable groups, it is also recommended that an additional COVID-19 dose be received ahead of winter. Influenza vaccines can be safely given on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines.

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Preparing your service for winter – influenza vaccinations and treatments

Published: April 4, 2022
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Aged Care Quality Bulletin #39 – March 2022

In this edition:

• Commissioner’s message
• Governing for Reform in Aged Care program open
• Commission’s upcoming roundtable discussions
• Incident management system essential element #2 – Responding to incidents
• Joint action to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines
• Our latest ‘Sector performance report’ is now available
• New and updated Commission resources

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Aged Care Quality Bulletin #39 – March 2022

Published: April 4, 2022
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ATAGI recommends COVID-19 Winter vaccine dose for residents in aged care facilities

The expert Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose for residents in aged care facilities before winter.

The recommended COVID-19 Winter vaccine dose is to bolster residents’ protection from severe illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19 over the winter season.

In addition to aged care residents and people living in disability accommodation, ATAGI recommends a COVID-19 Winter dose for other vulnerable groups also considered to be most at risk of serious illness.

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ATAGI recommends COVID-19 Winter vaccine dose for residents in aged care facilities

Published: April 4, 2022
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Aged Care Budget 2022-23

The Australian Government is now entering the second year of the 5-year aged care reform program, in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The Budget 2022-23 further invests $522 million in the aged care reforms. This grows the Government’s commitment to the reforms to $18.8 billion.

Key elements of the Budget 2022-23 are:

• $345.7 million to improve medication management in residential aged care facilities.
• $48.5 million for 15,000 additional aged care training places for new and existing personal care workers, to a total of 48,800 places.
• $20.1 million committed to the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN ACC) Transition Fund to ensure no facility receives less funding in the first two years of the new funding model compared with their current funding.
• $5.4 million to continue consultation and development of a new regulatory framework for aged care.
• $6.1 million to continue the rollout of regionally focused Department of Health staff in Primary Health Network regions.

Read more:

Budget 2022–23: Residential aged care quality and safety – assuring access to multidisciplinary care and maintaining effective quality audits (.pdf)

Budget 2022–23: Workforce – growing and upskilling the workforce to improve care for senior Australians (.pdf)

Budget 2022–23: Residential aged care services and sustainability – improved funding for residential aged care (.pdf)

Budget 2022–23: Home care – supporting senior Australians to remain independent for longer (.pdf)

Budget 2022–23: Governance – Delivering a strong regulatory framework and growing community engagement (.pdf)

Published: April 4, 2022
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Sentinel events annual report 2020-21

Sentinel events are the most serious adverse patient safety events in our healthcare system. And it’s important that we all learn from them.

That’s why we release this report every year – to share what we have learnt and to help health services prevent similar events.

Even when our healthcare system faces extraordinary challenges, 2020–21 demonstrated continued commitment by our health services to recognise, review and respond to adverse patient safety events.

This year, we focused on three sentinel event themes:

• mental health
• residential aged care
• the impact of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.

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Supporting patient safety: Learning from sentinel events – Annual report 2020–21 (.pdf)

Published: April 4, 2022
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Re-scheduled : Update on Aged Care and COVID-19 with the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services

Please note that today’s meeting has been rescheduled to:

• Monday 4 April, 4.00pm – 5.00pm (AEST).

If you have already registered to attend, you will have received an updated calendar notification and you do not need to register again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.

If you have not previously registered, you can still do so for the new time. Please register to attend.

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Re-scheduled : Update on Aged Care and COVID-19 with the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services

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