News - Ageing Sector

Community Care Review: Plan provides framework for coordinated action on elder abuse

Plan provides framework for coordinated action on elder abuse

By Natasha Egan on March 20, 2019 in Consumers, Government

The government has launched a four-year national plan to combat elder abuse through action in five priority areas including research, education, prevention and the strengthening of support services and safeguards.

The National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians, which Attorney-General Christian Porter launched on Tuesday, provides a framework for coordinated action across federal, state and territory governments over the next four years.

A national plan was a key recommendation of the 2017 Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Report: Elder Abuse – a National Legal Response launched in June 2017, which highlighted examples of serious physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people.

Read more @ Australain Ageing Agenda

Home Care Packages Program Data Report 2nd Quarter 2018-19

Australian Government: Department of Health

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has now released the Home Care Packages Program Data Report covering the period from 1 October to 31 December 2018.

The report is available from the GEN aged care data website

Wonderful opportunity for Seniors - Short story writing competition

Are you passionate about expressing creativity in writing?
Would you like to share your story?

The Seniors’ Stories Volume 5 writing competition is now open and the theme is ‘Love Your Life’.

The 100 best entries will be published and the authors will receive an invitation to the book launch at the NSW State Parliament.

Submissions open on 1 March and close on 22 May 2019,
and all NSW Seniors Card members are encouraged to enter.

See Flyer for more information

NSW Trustee and Guardian Planning Ahead Days

The NSW Trustee and Guardian will be holding Planning Ahead Days at the following venues where community members can come to make a personalised appointment for NSWTG to discuss their circumstances and make documents on the day for them:

CAMPBELLTOWN - H J Daley Library 1 Hurley Street Campbelltown

Tuesdays 26 March , 23 April, 28 May & 18 June 2019

MACARTHUR – Service NSW Steer Road, Gregory Hills

Tuesdays 2 April ; 7 May & 4 June 2019

LIVERPOOL – Liverpool Community Centre 14B Mill Road, Liverpool

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Liverpool Pipe Band Hall 131 Memorial Ave, Liverpool

Monday 27 May, 2019

Hilda M Davis Centre 185 Bigge Street, Liverpool

Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Clients can call Parramatta Branch on 8688-6090 to make an appointment at any one of these events.

Australian Ageing Agenda: Home care providers roasted in new report

By Judy Skatssoon on March 6, 2019 in Community Care Review, Consumers, Industry

Home care providers roasted in new report

A new report indicates a high level of consumer dissatisfaction with home care providers for overcharging, sending out inadequately trained workers and failing to communicate.

Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

SWS Elder Abuse Collaborative information and EOI

Dear Colleagues

As workers passionate about preventing, recognising and responding to the abuse of older people in our community I seek your help in forwarding this letter and information to colleagues that would bring value to the process of supporting vulnerable older people in South West Sydney through an Elder Abuse Collaborative.

Shelly Harpur, Consultant & Trainer Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit (EAHRU) will take us through what is involved in setting up a Collaborative, experiences of other Collaborative’s, resources, an update of changes including a new Ageing and Disability Commissioner followed by a discussion of next steps from here.

I have attached the Expression of Interest letter and flyer with details.

I am looking forward to working together, strategically, to protect the rights of older people in SWS.
Many thanks & kind regards

Deb Helmrich
SWS Multicultural Access Project Worker

Australian Ageing Agenda: Aged care navigator trials begin

Aged care navigator trials begin

By Australian Ageing Agenda on February 25, 2019 in Government, Industry

A trial of a national network of outreach centres, information hubs and advisors has been launched to help vulnerable seniors navigate the aged care system and access services.

The $7.4 million trial is part of the Aged Care System Navigator initiative, which was announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget and a key recommendation of the Tune Review to help older people struggling to understand and use the aged care system.

Consumer peak body COTA Australia in partnership with 30 other consumer organisations will lead the implementation of 62 navigator trials in every state and territory to identify the type of supports that achieve the best outcomes.

Most support services will be delivered face-to-face but there will also telephone and online options.

read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

Australian Ageing Agenda: Unspent home funds creating a ‘perverse incentive’

Unspent home funds creating a ‘perverse incentive’
By Judy Skatssoon on February 27, 2019 in Community Care Review, Industry, Royal Commission

The combination of unspent home care funds and a competitive service market has created a “perverse incentive” for providers to spend the money inappropriately, the Royal Commission has heard.

The latest figures show that home care providers are currently accumulating about $6,000 of unspent funds per client a year, leaving them with up to $400 million laying idle.

The topic of unspent funds was raised during evidence before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last week.

Nick Mersiades, director of Catholic Health Australia and deputy chair of ACFI, told the commission the number of home care packages is expected to increase from about 90,000 to 150,000 over the next three years.

Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

Information Sessions for Seniors

Liverpool Council is hosting a series of information sessions for seniors.

28 February Presented by NSW Elder Abuse and Helpline
Learn about the various forms of elder abuse and what you can do to ensure
you are safe.

7 March Presented by NSW Trustee & Guardian
Learn why it is important to have a will; and about power of attorney and
enduring guardianship.

14 March Presented by The Multicultural Network
Learn about support available with My Aged Care and how it can be accessed.

21 March Presented by Centrelink Financial Services
Learn about income and assets tests; deeming investments; concession and tax
issues; and your retirement choices.

28 March Presented by The Multicultural Network
Learn about support available with My Aged Care and how it can be accessed.
*This session will have translators available in key community languages.

4 April Presented by Centrelink Financial Services
Learn about the way income streams work; fund choices and investment
options; tax and Centrelink assessments; and transitioning to retirement.

Please contact Kathryn on 8711 7401 for details

New Aged Care Quality Standards training package available online

New Standards training package available online - Q Assist Power Point presentation and facilitator notes. STARS trainers are available to come to your CHSP service and facilitate the training to help you prepare for the new standards which commence from 1 July 2019.

* Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing – Inclusive Service Standards

- Education & resources available – can assist with preparing for new standards – especially Standard 1

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