• A lifetime of decisions

    Proudly working as I do in aged care, and knowing how important such services are to people when they are needed, I am dismayed by the palpable lack of interest in aged care in the recent Federal election campaign. On one hand, there was bipartisan support for the Quality and Safety Royal Commission, whilst on … Continued

    Aged care action needed now!

    Ahead of the Federal Election on 18 May, I wrote to ask all candidates in our regions not to wait until the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is completed to take action on the changes required in aged care. It seems extraordinary that as of the time of writing, neither the Coalition or ALP … Continued

    Time to pause, rest and reflect

    This Easter is an ideal time to pause, rest and reflect. In our diverse society, Easter has particular significance for Christians. On 25 April, we commemorate ANZAC Day, another time of great significance when we recognise and respect our veterans for their service and sacrifice. We remember the contributions they have made in building our … Continued

    National Advance Care Planning Week 2019

    ‘Be prepared’, the scout’s motto, rings true for many things in life – and death. Planning ahead is important for everyone. Next week, 1 – 5 April 2019, is National Advance Care Planning Week. Advance care planning is a conversation about how we wish to be treated under circumstances in which we are not able … Continued

    Developing leaders and a quality workforce

    Aged care is attracting far more news and headlines than we are accustomed to. There is a mix of topics related to how the aged care system can be accessed, improved and some specific stories of very challenging failures of care experienced by some individuals. Good care and services should be expected and available to … Continued

    Encourage a desire to work in aged care

    The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety currently underway offers a unique opportunity to give national focus to the future of Australia’s aged care system that is consistent with community expectations and the resources required to meet these. I welcome this focus on quality and safety and the opportunity to consider how any … Continued

    Thinking of Others

    At this time of year, we look forward to catching up with family and friends, to enjoy sharing time and hospitality. However, the festive season can also bring mixed feelings. For people living in poverty, it may be a very difficult time. Poverty is a root cause of homelessness: having a lower income than necessary … Continued

    Older Australians deserve quality aged care

    The Australian aged care system continues an ongoing reform process. The aim is to simplify access to services and increase choice and control for individuals. It is imperative that Australia continues to plan for the future needs of all its citizens as the population ages. The substantial growth in the number of people who will … Continued

    Respite Support for Carers

    National Carers Week was an opportunity to raise community awareness about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. Anyone can become a carer, so it is of immense importance that we recognise their valuable role, and how respite supports their wellbeing. Carers Australia (www.carersweek.com.au) acknowledges carers make an enormous contribution to our community and … Continued