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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 20, 2020

Opposition backs pensioner dental plan and “proper pay” for aged care staff

  Opposition leader Anthony Albanese laid down his vision for an ageing population in a speech on Wednesday, invoking memories of his mother. “Having grown up in council housing, I have a deep appreciation of the difference governments can make to the lives of Australians,” he said. “Having seen what my Mum went through in her later years, I want to be able to make a difference for older Australians.” A single mother, Maryanne Albanese raised her son on...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

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Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, and has worked across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for a number of years, and spent several years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline loves playing Scrabble, walking in nature, and going to the movies with her funny children.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 13, 2020

Nursing home evacuated during the night after floods hit Sunshine Coast

  Forty residents of an aged care facility in South East Queensland were evacuated overnight after torrential rain and flash flooding hit the region. Coolum received more than 200mm of rain in a two-hour period yesterday, and the area was consequently affected by flash flooding and power outages. Coolum’s average monthly rainfall is 190mm. Decision to evacuate came just before midnight Two wings at Estia Mount Coolum aged care facility flooded during the night, and the difficult decision to evacuate...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 12, 2020

High staff turnover delivering worse outcomes for residents

  High rates of staff turnover in aged care are having a negative impact on the quality of care delivered to elderly residents, but also on staff morale, as staff are unable to deliver the standard of care they believe residents deserve. It is well established that the aged care industry has a problem in attracting and keeping staff. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report stated, “The aged care sector suffers from severe difficulties in...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Feb 10, 2020

Government blocked laws forcing aged care providers to reveal food, staff spending

  The federal government has blocked an amendment to new laws that could have forced aged care providers to reveal how much they spend on food and staff and how much of their funding goes to parent organisations. Senator Stirling Griff, of the Centre Alliance party, moved the amendment that would have required residential aged care providers to provide financial statements to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner that would have then been available to the public. The amendment...
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