With aged care assessments set to be put to tender in a few months, concerns have been escalating about potential conflicts of interest arising from assessors aligned with single organisations or modes of care.
Voices in the industry have raised concerns with HelloCare that conflicts of interest may mean vulnerable older people miss out on the care they need.
Older Australians put at risk
One industry insider told HelloCare they were concerned assessors may be tempted to refer customers...
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Illegal drug use is not something that most of us would associate with older people, but new research shows that a growing number of people over the age of 60 have recently taken illicit drugs.
A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found that the number of people aged 60 and above who have recently used illicit drugs increased from 4.0% percent to 7.9 percent in a 15-year period.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation...
A new online form is available on the My Aged Care website that allows consumers or someone acting on their behalf to:
register with My Aged Care
apply for their first assessment online.
The form can be completed in their own time as an alternative to calling the My Aged Care contact centre.
Visit the My Aged Care website for information about how consumers can now apply for an assessment.
This new functionality will be continuously improved. Please encourage consumers to provide feedback via the survey or Contact...
Briony Murphy, Monash University and Joseph Ibrahim, Monash University
Suicide among nursing home residents is a major concern. Between 2000 and 2013, around 140 Australian nursing home residents took their own lives.
This issue has been hidden for too long, and met with minimal efforts targeted at prevention.
We consulted with experts and stakeholders in aged care, geriatric medicine, old age psychiatry, suicide prevention and public policy to develop 11 recommendations for the prevention of suicide among nursing home residents...