resenting Issues Report 2020/21,

This landmark report is the first definitive public annual report which captures the experiences of older people engaging with the aged care system. Commonly presented issues include unwanted admissions to residential care, increased risk of abuse facilitated by COVID-19 restrictions, a lack of available assessment services and long wait times for support.

Monumental challenge to NDIS laws an Australian-first

The Australian Human Rights Commission will decide on the validity of a law which discriminates against over 65s seeking support from the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is not available to Australians who were older than 65 years old when the scheme was introduced, or who need disability support after they turn 65.

$10.1 million to reduce number of younger people in residential aged care

The Australian Government continues to deliver on its commitment to reduce the number of younger people living in residential aged care.  Minister Colbeck said the latest steps illustrated the Government’s ongoing commitment to providing better options for what can be a deeply emotional and complex issue.   “We know the impact this can have on individuals and their families who have too often been left with no other choice,” he said.

Disability Doesn’t Discriminate campaign

In 2013, the Federal Government deliberately amended the Age Discrimination Act allowing the NDIS to legally exclude people over the age of 65 from the NDIS. Disability Doesn’t Discriminate, but the Government does. Turn 65 and become disabled, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – meant to be your safety net – doesn’t cover you.

Advertising campaign wants to end age discrimination against older disabled people

Today, a national advertising campaign is being launched to pressure the Government to change laws and allow older disabled people to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Currently, people aged 65 and older are excluded from the NDIS but the “Disability Doesn’t Discriminate” campaign wants to change that.

Disability advocates say we need Assistive Technology for All

Millions of older Australians with disability who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme are struggling to access vital assistive technology such as wheelchairs and ramps, prompting advocates to call for a national program.

Final Report: Care, Dignity and Respect,

The Final Report calls for fundamental reform of the aged care system. Royal Commissioners Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO make 148 wide-ranging recommendations in their Report, which comprises 5 volumes. The report finds that the extent of substandard care in Australia’s aged care system reflects both poor quality on the part of some … Continued

Aged care and COVID-19: a special report

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest challenge Australia’s aged care sector has faced. Those who have suffered the most have been the residents, their families and aged care staff. The report is the result of a hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care, which was held in Sydney from 10 to 13 August 2020.

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.