News - Ageing Sector

ELDER ABUSE – KEY ISSUES AND EMERGING EVIDENCE: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Elder abuse is a multifaceted and often hidden form of abuse. There is currently no national data on the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia. Based on international studies, it is estimated that between 2% and 14% of older people in high- or middle-income countries experience elder abuse every year. The term 'elder abuse' covers a range of harmful behaviours, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and neglect.

This paper provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia. It discusses key issues involved in how elder abuse is defined and examines its prevalence, impact and associated risk factors, with a focus on implications of recent research for policy and practice.

Read more at Australian Institute of Family Studies

Invitation to hold a stall: Active Ageing Expo 2019.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown in partnership with The Multicultural Network and Bankstown Sports club, in collaboration with Sydney Community Forum and MDS Sector Support, Development & Training are organising the Active Ageing Expo 2019.

The Expo aims to bring together local organisations, community groups and businesses to promote and engage seniors in stimulating and fun activities through information stalls, active exercise programs, demonstrations and learning opportunities.

Focusing on active and healthy ageing, the expo is the perfect chance to promote your services and business to more than 400 Canterbury-Bankstown residents aged 55 years and over.

For more information, please contact Sandra Loyola-Sandoval on 9707 9464 or via email [email protected]

WHEN: Thursday 28 November 2019

TIME: 10am – 2pm

WHERE: The Grand Ballroom, Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown

See attached form for more information and how to register.

Publication: Australian Institute of Family Studies - Elder abuse Key issues and emerging evidence

Summary

Elder abuse is a multifaceted and often hidden form of abuse. There is currently no national data on the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia. Based on international studies, it is estimated that between 2% and 14% of older people in high- or middle-income countries experience elder abuse every year. The term 'elder abuse' covers a range of harmful behaviours, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and neglect.

This paper provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia. It discusses key issues involved in how elder abuse is defined and examines its prevalence, impact and associated risk factors, with a focus on implications of recent research for policy and practice.

Australian Ageing Agenda: Stakeholders tell inquiry how to improve aged care

Stakeholders tell inquiry how to improve aged care
By Sandy Cheu on August 16, 2019 in Industry, Royal Commission

Embedding pharmacists, tackling ageist practices, removing inequities and doing more to welcome pets in residential aged care are among recommendations in recent submissions to the royal commission.

Pharmaceutical peak the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia highlighted medication safety issues in aged care and makes recommendations to ensure the safety of residents in its submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. read more at Australian Ageing Agenda

New Charter of Aged Care Rights

The new Charter of Aged Care Rights is now in effect and provides the same rights to all consumers, regardless of the type of Australian Government funded care and services they receive.

The Charter helps to create a shared understanding about the rights of people receiving aged care.

Resources to support the sector’s understanding of the Charter are available on the department’s website. Hard copies of these resources are also available and can be ordered by emailing our distributor directly at [email protected]

RESOURCES TO PROMOTE AGED CARE ADVOCACY SERVICES

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) has developed two posters to assist in promoting the services they offer under the National Aged Care Advocacy Program.

• The Talk to Us poster aims to inform older people, their families and friends about options for support in resolving any issues they may have with their aged care services.

• The Enrol in Talk to Us First poster promotes OPAN’s free online ‘Talk to Us First’ advocacy training for aged care staff.

All aged care service providers will shortly receive two copies of the Talk to Us poster and one copy of the Enrol in Talk to Us First poster for display in their organisations.

If you wish to receive additional posters for display please contact OPAN on 1800 700 600 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday or visit https://opan.com.au

SMH Media release NSW Ageing & Disability Abuse Helpline and New Commissioner

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD by Lisa Visentin (June 29, 2019)

NSW's first Ageing and Disability commissioner says he will use the extensive powers of his independent office to expose the often hidden abuse of elderly and disabled people by their family and friends.

Robert Fitzgerald AM, who will take up the appointment from Monday, likened the role to "putting a mirror up to the dark side of our community and family life". "It's an area that traditionally hasn't been a focus of public attention, nor necessarily government action," he said. "This new role has capacity to really respond very decisively where people have abused or exploited or neglected."

In line with legislation passed by the Berejiklian government this month, Mr Fitzgerald will have 70 fulltime staff and wide-ranging powers to investigate abuse, including the ability to seek warrants, and refer cases to the Director of Public Prosecution and the police.

Mr Fitzgerald said his focus would be on abuse and neglect in "family and community settings", rather than institutional abuse, such as that which occurs in aged care facilities, which is covered by Commonwealth agencies.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who will formally announce Mr Fitzgerald's appointment on Saturday, said his experience meant he was well-suited to the role of ensuring "adults with disability and seniors across NSW are protected.” read more....

NSW Elders Abuse Hotline: 1800 628 221

Improving Home Care Pricing transparency and comparability

Message from the Department Of Health

Improvements have been made to home care pricing information requirements from 1 July 2019, including:

• requirement to publish prices in the new standardised pricing Schedule, as well as a full price list on My Aged Care

• inclusion of the Schedule within all new Home Care Agreements from 1 July 2019 and for existing clients, providers will have until 1 July 2020 to comply

• no longer charging separately for business-related administration costs.

These changes were made in response to feedback from consumers about the lack of transparency and comparability of home care pricing information, and the high administration costs being charged by some providers.

The improvements will enable people to better understand and compare common services and costs across home care providers and make a more informed decision about which provider is best suited to deliver their care.

Providers who have not yet entered their pricing information into My Aged Care must do so as soon as possible through the My Aged Care provider portal.

The department is monitoring home care providers’ compliance under the new requirements and will be taking compliance action where appropriate.

Information and all support materials are available on the department's website

National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program

From 1 July 2019 all Australian Government subsidised residential aged care providers are required to comply with the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program as outlined in the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Quality Indicator Program) Principles 2019.

Services are now required to collect and submit data for each care recipient against each quality indicator. The first data collection period is 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 with data due to the department by 21 October 2019.

Providers are required to activate the Quality Indicator tile on the My Aged Care Provider Portal to enable data submission. For information on how to activate the Quality Indicator tile, please contact the My Aged Care Provider and Assessor Helpline on 1800 836 799.
Supporting guidance material, including quick reference guides and the Program Manual, are available to download from the department’s website.

Reduction in home care fees

From 1 July 2019, the annual amount of the maximum basic daily fee for home care packages will reduce by:
• $400 for level 1
• $200 for level 2
• $100 for level 3

The new maximum basic daily fee rates are available on the schedule of fees and charges for residential and home care.

To maintain the value of the consumer’s home care package, the Government will automatically increase the value of its subsidy for each package level by the same amount. This increase applies to both care recipients who entered care after 1 July 2014 and continuing care recipients regardless of the amount of basic daily fee that is actually paid.

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