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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 21, 2020

“I am proud”: Caring for older people in Vanuatu

The HelloCare team was recently contacted by a carer from Vanuatu, Felma Katawa Leitarisong. Ms Leitarisong told us of her role caring for older people on the tiny island where she lives, Tanna.  Though Ms Leitarisong cares for older people in much the same way we do here in Australia, there are essential differences - most notably, there are no aged care facilities.  We asked her to tell us more, and we share her story here with you. “In...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

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 Jan 21, 2020

Government calls for input into draft plan for ageing population

  The federal government has released a draft version of its Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Roadmap and is calling for feedback from the public. The aim of the $185 million ‘Roadmap’ is to help the government prioritise funding for dementia and aged care research. The key aim of the ‘Mission’ is to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, to live independently for longer, and to access quality care when they...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 16, 2020

Savings from home care changes should go to cutting wait list

  The government is proposing to change the way it delivers funding for home care services because there is a growing problem with rising levels of unspent funds. Currently, funding for home care is delivered in bulk and upfront. One problem of that system is when funding is not spent by the consumer, it remains with the provider. Home care providers currently have around $800 million worth of unspent funds sitting on their books. The average level of unspent funds per provider is...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jan 15, 2020

Why are aged care staff paying expenses out of their own pockets?

  Aged care staff are paying for work expenses out of their own pockets, despite it being a widely acknowledged fact they are underpaid. All too often home care staff will pick up the tab for an outing with a client, paying for their client’s coffee or movie ticket on a day out. On their own, each outing might not seem like a large expense. Warm-hearted staff might think it’s worth the cost to see their client smile, but over...
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