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Aged Care Employee Wins Palliative Care Award

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

Resthaven’s Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Peter Jenkin has been awarded the Innovation Award at the Palliative Care Council’s South Australian Palliative Care Awards for 2013.

The award recognises an individual who has demonstrated innovation and ingenuity in their contributions to the advancement of the palliative care field.


90-Year-Old Completes Record-Breaking Sky Dive over Maitland

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

Keith Reid is officially Australia’s oldest sky diver, after completing a tandem skydive from 14,000 feet on his 90th birthday.

Despite being a World War Two Veteran, Mr Reid is not a veteran skydiver. In fact not only had he never tried skydiving before his 90th birthday, he had never set foot inside an aeroplane.


Aged Care Sector Continues to Grow

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

The aged care sector continues to grow, with a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) showing that the sector has grown by 46 per cent in the past decade. According to the AIHW, there are now 253,000 government-subsidised aged care places which result in $12.9 billion of government spending at June 2012.

The national agency also acknowledged trends towards fewer aged care facilities, with larger aged care services.


Homeless Charity Receives 700+ Food Items from Aged Care Provider

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

Aged care provider The Whiddon Group has donated over 700 cans of food to Sydney-based homeless charity The Exodus Foundation. The Whiddon Group Easton Park in Glenfield ran the canned food collection to support the Foundation’s work to provide meals and food parcels to homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney.

Whiddon’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lee-ann Irwin and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Chris Mamarelis were joined on Wednesday October 30th by Exodus founder Reverend Bill Crews, who accepted the donation of more than 700 cans on behalf of the Foundation.


Aged Care Events WA: LASA-WA Aged Care Forum 2013

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

Tickets for LASA-WA’s 2013 Aged Care Forum are now available for purchase, tickets can be purchased online and LASA-WA members will receive a discount.

The topic of this years forum is ‘Aged Care Reform – Where are We Now’ and will discuss a range of topics related to the aged care industry.

The schedule for the day is as follows…


Industry Body Demands Support for ‘Top 4’ Issues in First Days of Government

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

Leading peak body for aged care services Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) have demanded that any incoming Government act on the ‘Top 4’ issues in aged care within the first 100 days of Government.

“While age services may be currently seen as a ‘sleeping giant’ and not worthy of attention, age services is a clear and present challenge for all Governments” said Patrick Reid, CEO of LASA.


Bupa Launches First Onsite GP in Aged Care

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

BUPA aged care is the first aged care provider to provide an onsite General Practitioner in their aged care homes as part of Labor’s new ‘GP’s in Aged Care’ Program. The new program hopes to reduce hospital admissions and the need to leave the facility for simple procedures. “The aim is to improve health outcomes for residents and it is expected this will decrease their need for hospital visits and the need to leave the home for simple procedures” said Federal Minister for Ageing Senator Jacinta Collins.


Amana Living Adds Meal Service for Elderly in Perth Metro

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

A new home meal delivery service designed for the elderly is now available to Western Australians in the Perth area.

Easy Meals  are designed for elderly people who remain at home but find shopping for food or cooking for one too much of a chore, a common problem among elderly people.

The meals are frozen in oven proof containers which are ready to reheat and have been launched by aged care provider Amana Living.


Aged Care Events Perth: Post Federal Election Breakfast

By on Friday, November 29, 2013

For those in the Perth area who want to discuss the election, peak aged care body LASA (Leading Aged Services Australia) are holding a post-election breakfast to discuss where Australia’s policies are likely to head particularly in age care services.

Keynote speaker will include Dr Martin Drum, a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at The University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle.


Aged Care Events: Better Practice Conferences

By on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Better Practice Conferences are coming up in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and is being described as a ‘must attend’ for aged care managers and will focus on themes such as human rights, sexuality, loneliness and isolation.

Presenters include the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (the Human Rights perspective), Pino Migliorino (CALD aged care and CALD staff), Arnold Zable (the healing power of story), Dr Tanya Davison (using non-pharmacological approaches) and Dr Malcolm Masso (It’s the little things that matter).


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