• 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

    Royal Commission an opportunity to shape the future

    On 16 September, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the Australian Government’s decision to establish a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and it will be based in Adelaide. The terms of reference for the Royal Commission have been released, with the announcement that ‘A key task of the Royal … Continued

    Royal Commission an opportunity to shape aged care reforms

    Since 2013, there has been continuous reform in aged care. Recently, there has been a plethora of aged care reviews, the majority having bi-partisan support within Federal Parliament. Each has dealt with important, complex matters. Now the Prime Minister has announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care, my hope is that it will contribute positively … Continued

    September is Dementia Awareness Month

    In Australia, around 425,420 people live with dementia, and an estimated 299,850 people are involved in caring for them. Yet there is a general community fear and misunderstanding of what dementia is. Few people realise that there are more than 100 types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common form. Everyone’s experience is a … Continued

    Encourage a desire to work in aged care

    The ageing of the population is rarely discussed in the context of being a golden opportunity for long term career opportunities in response to increasing community needs. Employment growth is forecast to grow at a rate of 20 per cent in the next five years. We all share a responsibility to positively encourage people to … Continued

    A Fair Go for Rural and Remote Australians

    UnitingCare Australia is the largest network of service providers in the nation, and the major provider of rural and remote services. As Chairman of the UnitingCare National Aged Care Network, I recently visited Kununurra, in Australia’s far north-west, with the network, to reaffirm the importance of services in such locations, and celebrate the opening of … Continued

    Planning Ahead

    We are reminded to consider planning ahead now, to make it easier in the future. It is important to adequately plan for your financial needs in your older years. Whilst the government provides support to those with very limited means, the reality is that each person is expected to make a personal contribution to the … Continued

    Why I get a flu vaccination each year

    Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, discusses why he has a flu vaccination each year. Recently, the Minister for Ageing, Ken Wyatt AM MP announced that all aged care providers must offer an influenza immunisation program to their staff from now on. Resthaven has operated a free Flu Vaccination Program for the workforce for the … Continued

    Supporting Veterans and their Carers

    As we approach Anzac Day, it is proper and timely to acknowledge our respect and recognition of the significant sacrifices and contributions that veterans and their families have made to our way of life and communities. When they have a need, support should be available when and where it is needed. The Department of Veterans’ … Continued

    Time to make a difference

    With a new state government now in power, many people are interested in their policies and strategies to support older people. Outcomes that assist individuals to maintain active and healthy lifestyles not only benefit the individual and their carers, but also the wider community. Although aged care services generally fall under federal government policy, there … Continued

    As Australia’s baby boomers approach retirement

    It seems nearly every day that we are reminded Australia’s population is ageing. The post-World War II baby boomers, born in the late 1940s and 50s, are now approaching or in their retirement years. And what tremendous contributions they have and continue to make to our community and their families! Most people don’t want to … Continued