Health & aged care

Hearing aid stories – the good, the bad and the ugly

National Seniors would like to hear from members about their experiences obtaining or purchasing hearing aids.

We are interested in your experience of dealing with hearing aid service providers, both public and private, to assist our advocacy efforts in this area.

National Seniors wants to share your experience with representatives on the Australian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport at a public hearing in Brisbane on 21 April.

Government to set aged care quality standards

Australian government-subsidised aged care services will have to meet a single set of quality standards under reforms due to come into force from July next year.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the Single Aged Care Quality Framework had been designed in consultation with industry and aged care representatives.

Two key parts of the framework are:

Hospital at home could cut treatment costs by half

Treating acutely ill patients at home, rather than in hospital, could slash treatment costs by up to 50 per cent and reduce mortality rates by 20 per cent, a new study has found.

An issues paper prepared by researchers from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) also found home-based care would cut hospital readmission by a quarter.

Aged care homes urged to get happier

Australia’s aged care homes will face a Baby Boomer backlash unless they become happier places to live, a researcher has warned.

Associate Professor Evonne Miller of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said that up to half the number of people in aged care suffered depression and the coming surge in residents born after 1945 was likely to make homes even less happy.

People now aged between 53 and 71 were much more demanding than seniors born before World War II and posed a major challenge for aged care providers.

Review of aged care

National Seniors has renewed its calls for aged care reforms but believes some aspects need further consideration.

In a recent submission to the Aged Care Legislated Review, National Seniors said there was a need for improved information to consumers to enable them to make better choices, including how to choose a provider, particularly as their capacity diminished.

New Aged Care Minister welcomed

National Seniors has welcomed the appointment of Ken Wyatt as Minister for Aged Care in this week’s federal Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Wyatt, who has been the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, will become the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

“This is the first time that Aged Care has been elevated to its own portfolio,” National Seniors chief executive Dagmar Parsons said.

“Aged Care covers a huge area of responsibility and deserves such prominence.”

Submission to the Aged Care Legislated Review

This submission draws on information obtained from engagement with members, including a recent survey of almost 5,000 members to provide feedback about ongoing aged care reforms. National Seniors is supportive of the general direction of reforms but are concerned about certain aspects of the reform process.

Last chance to complete survey on aged care

The Commonwealth Government is currently conducting the Aged Care Legislated Review to look at recent changes to aged care and any future directions required to further improve aged care.

National Seniors will be preparing a submission to the review based on member feedback.

Even if you have not had any interactions with the aged care sector, your opinions are of value.

This survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

Better services access for NSW hearing impaired

NSW residents with impaired hearing have better access to services and transactions with the rollout of hearing loops at Service NSW centres.

The new services also include video conferencing technology for remote Auslan interpreting and live-captioning, Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said.

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