Health & aged care

Help shape the future of aged care

Aged care is a big topic at the moment and National Seniors is keen to have your input for our own research. Or you may want to take part in a government workshop and help shape the future of aged care. The details are on how to do either, or both, are below.

Tell us about your aged care experiences

National Seniors’ research team wants to hear your stories about your experiences with aged care services:

We would like you to indicate:

Improving Aged Care for LGBTI seniors

Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt says positive steps have been achieved in the training of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) aged care workforce, but more work needs to be done.

Releasing the LGBTI Aged Care Strategy Review today, Mr Wyatt said it was important the aged care industry continued with the work begun five years ago when the strategy was introduced.

Aged care reforms 'a huge step forward'

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to make unannounced audits of the nation’s residential aged care facilities, describing the move as “a huge step forward” in protecting some of Australia’s most vulnerable older people.
National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the advocacy group had called for a much greater focus on unannounced visits to aged care facilities, and it was pleased Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt had acted so swiftly to implement the initiative.

Melbourne seminar looks at life choices

Melbourne members interested in end-of-life choices are invited to attend an information seminar in Chadstone later this month.

Incoming Monash branch president Elaine Forde, who is also an Aged Friendly Ambassador for the City of Monash, said the Talk and Plan, Your Life and Choicesseminar follows a similar successful event last year.

National Seniors (Monash Branch) members and Monash Council are hosting the information session on Wednesday, 25 October, from 11am to 1.30pm at Batesford Hub, 94 Batesford Road, Chadstone.

Have your say on aged care consumer charter

National Seniors members who are consumers of aged care services are invited to nominate to take part in a Department of Health forum in Canberra on 17 October.

The forum aims to develop a single charter of rights and responsibilities for recipients of long and short-term residential and home care.

A single charter is one of the elements of the Single Quality Framework (SQF) currently being developed with the aged care sector.

Other elements include:

Extra home care packages welcomed but more needed

National Seniors has welcomed the Federal Government’s rollout of an extra 6,000 high-need home care packages, but says too many older people are still waiting for services.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt’s announcement of the additional high-need packages would only address a small fraction of the almost 90,000 older Australians who were receiving a lower level of care than required or no care at all.

Older Australians need protection from flu

National Seniors Australia is supporting moves to make flu shots compulsory for aged care workers following the deaths of nursing home residents in several states.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said it was fact that flu shots saved lives, particularly those of vulnerable older people, and not having them could be fatal.

He said a record number of 105,000 cases nationally had been confirmed during this year’s flu season, which was still ongoing, and more than a dozen residents had died in Queensland, Victorian and Tasmanian nursing homes.

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