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Models of integrated care, health and housing

This report finds that integrated models for care, health and housing that are embedded in the community are the most effective at empowering clients and carers to take a lead in meeting their own needs and preferences. Incorporating literature reviews on integrated care models and consultation with key experts and providers of integrated care in Australia, this research provides an overview and analysis of integrated models of care for older people, as they relate to health care, social care, and housing or accommodation in Australia.

Looming’ COVID-19 emergency in disability support homes

Residents and workers in group homes for people with disabilities face “a looming emergency” due to lack of training in use of personal protective equipment and inadequate preparation to combat coronavirus infection. Outbreaks of COVID-19 similar to those in 87 Victorian aged care homes were likely in the disability care sector unless nurses were brought in for training, according to the director of the Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne, Professor Anne Kavanagh.

National sign language interpreting service for aged care

A free sign language interpreting service will soon be available for senior Australians who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. “This comprehensive new sign language interpreting service will make our aged care system far more accessible for people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing,” Minister Colbeck said. “It will ensure that these people can participate in the assessment, planning, and review of their care – something which may have been more difficult in the past.”

The future of the aged care workforce

The complete transcript from Friday 21 February, 2020 hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is now available to read.

The future of the aged care workforce

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has published the submission on the future of the aged care workforce made by Counsel Assisting at the Adelaide Hearing 3. You can read it now on the Royal Commission website.

NDIS cut-off age ‘must change’ to fix ‘terrible gap’ in the system

But Ms Steggall said the current system has meant “very real discrimination” against older Australians with these support services failing to meet the demands of those in need. “Clearly this arbitrary age of 65 is not working – a lot of people are falling through the gap and not getting the adequate level of care,” she said.

Neglect: Interim Report

The Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them.

Statement on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Morrison Government has agreed to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s request for an extension of six months to continue to hear evidence from Australians and conduct its deliberations. ‘I welcome the appointment of an additional commissioner, the Hon Gaetano (Tony) Pagone QC.’