Serious Incident Response Scheme starts 1 April 2021

The Federal Government has allocated $67.2 million to implement the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) which intends greater safety for Australians in residential care settings.

Banks call for consistent laws to prevent elder abuse

Australian banks are urging state and territory governments to adopt consistent laws on powers of attorney to prevent elder financial abuse.

Government funding for interpreter dementia training

A new study has won Federal Government funding to establish specialist dementia training for interpreters, in an effort to improve cognitive assessment for dementia of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Up to 65 per cent of age care homes may record operating losses in 2021-22

The latest independent StewartBrown report says 58 per cent of homes surveyed were operating at a loss in the first six months of this financial year, with an average operating deficit of almost $2,750 per bed per annum.

Dementia prevention action plan needed

Dementia prevention needs to be Australia’s next public health area of focus, as the nation heads towards a projected number of one million people with dementia by 2056.

Don’t waste opportunity to fix aged care, says ACU experts

ACU aged care experts say the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety needs to be the tipping point to ensure older Australians are respected after decades of neglect.

Aged care providers must act to be ready to report serious incidents

Aged care providers must be ready for the introduction on 1 April 2021 of new management and reporting of incidents processes affecting persons in residential aged care.

94% of older adults prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling

From 1999-2017, more than 7.8 billion fall-risk-increasing drugs were prescribed to older adults in the U.S., and deaths from falls doubled.

COVID-19 is a “serious risk” to 80% of older Australians

At least 80 per cent of Australians aged over 70 years are at high risk of serious illness or death if they contract COVID-19, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia.

Sleep maximises vaccine effectiveness

With the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines now underway, University of South Australia sleep experts are urging people to reprioritise their sleep, as getting regular and sufficient sleep is known to boost your immune system.

Tips to improve and maintain brain health

If you had to choose between good physical health or good cognitive function, which would you choose?

Campaign to bring a wide range of skills to aged care

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) has today launched a new campaign encouraging Australians to bring their skills, talents and passions into a rewarding career in Aged Care.

Aged care respite increased for culturally diverse groups

Older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities will be able to access more tailored respite care.

31,000 credit complaints since Banking Royal Commission: CHOICE

Data reveals postcodes flooded with complaints about loans as Government plans to remove lending protections.

Have your say on Victoria's retirement village laws

The Victorian Government has today released an Options Paper for public consultation, as the next steps in the process of reviewing the Retirement Villages Act 1986 (the Act).

Most aged care residents miss out on medication reviews

Two years after entering a residential aged care facility (RACF) less than half of residents have had their medications reviewed.

Consumer groups slam Senate report on lending laws

Consumer groups condemn Senate Inquiry Report, as vote looms on Government's disastrous proposal to axe safe lending laws.

DV history raises elder abuse risk: study

Australian researchers have called for additional services for survivors of intimate partner violence – warning those who have these experiences are more vulnerable to elder abuse.

Happiness of centenarians a severely neglected area of research

A systematic review by researchers at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney has highlighted the need for clearer definitions of ‘happiness’, ‘life satisfaction’ and ‘positive affect’ in centenarians.

Mothballs in 'new' aged care findings - will the government act this time?

The findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety are useless unless politicians are held accountable.

Royal commission confronts Morrison government with call for aged care tax levy

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has recommended a levy to help fund aged care on a sustainable basis, and given the federal government two radically different options for running a reformed system.