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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 6, 2019

The beautiful Melbourne hospital benefitting both patients and staff

  The buildings we live and work in can have a profound effect on our lives, a truth that is particularly relevant in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities. Being immersed in beauty and design that carefully considers the needs of its users not only feels good, it’s good for our health. Research has shown, time and time again, that good design improves health outcomes, even in extreme healthcare environments, such as operating theatres. A famous study...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Editor HelloCare

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 Dec 5, 2019

Peak bodies unite before Christmas to warn of looming aged care crisis

  Australia’s aged care peak bodies have issued an urgent plea to the government for “urgent funding” to avoid a crisis in the aged care sector. According to a survey conducted by the peak bodies, around 15 per cent of aged care providers say they may need to close their doors within the next 12 months. According to the latest StewartBrown report, 53 per cent of aged facilities are operating at a loss.  And analysis by Leading Age Services...
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Catherine Henry royal commission reform
Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 4, 2019

Providers should be fined for aged care failures

  Aged care providers that fail to provide quality care should be fined, and residents who are neglected should be given compensation, a specialist aged care lawyer has said. Catherine Henry told the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, “It’s not sufficient to revoke accreditation only to have it re-conferred in a subsequent accreditation inspection, as this Commission has heard in evidence.” “The managers and boards of residential aged care facilities should be held personally accountable when...
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Zali Steggall
Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Dec 4, 2019

NDIS not available to people over 65: it’s “discrimination”, says Zali Steggall

  Disability benefits cut out at the age of 65, leaving many older people with disability unable to cover the costs of their care, the Member for Warringah has told parliament. The cut off is an example of “discrimination” against older people, said Zali Steggall MP, who presented a petition to parliament on Tuesday, the International Day of People with Disability. The petition is calling for “urgent action” and changes to legislation that would allow increased support for people over...
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