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Bupa releases 2018 pre-Budget submission

Bupa has bucked tradition, releasing its pre-Budget submission prior to the start of the calendar year with a 40-page document suggesting policy changes to health insurance, aged care, dementia and end-of-life care. According to a report by The Australia, in its submission, Australia’s largest health insurer urges the Government to increase co-payments for health and aged care, including raising the Medicare Levy Surcharge for those who can afford it. It also calls for a robust national dementia strategy and framework for determining effectiveness of programs and services, suggesting a similar approach to New Zealand which Bupa has been involved...

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Ask Gran, Not Google

A pilot program that encourages children to ‘ask gran, not Google’ is helping to connect children with their grandparents. The idea came to Feros Care employee, Shelly Fletcher, after realising she was Googling information that could be provided by a grandparent. Ms Fletcher challenged her cousins to stop using Google as the first option for answering a question and instead ring, Facetime or email their grandparents. “We did it for a month and the results were amazing,” Ms Fletcher said in an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin. Seeing the potential for multiple benefits of such a program, Feros Care developed a pilot program based on the concept. The program has been rolled out in 10 schools and resulted in more than 1,000 student writing and video messaging questions to their older relatives and clients of Feros...

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New retirement living educational videos

The Retirement Living Council has published on YouTube a new series of educational videos for people interested in learning more about retirement villages. The seven short videos were produced by GBD Seniors Lifestyle Marketers and are hosted by Emma Plasier, Principal of Shine Retirement and 2016 Future Retirement Living Leader of the Year winner. Retirement living operators are invited to use the videos on their websites, social media channels or in conversations with current or prospective residents. The videos focus on: Finding the right village for you Explaining retirement village costs Explaining retirement village contracts Accommodation types Differences between retirement living and aged care How to make the move Benefits of retirement living (interviews with real village residents about their experience) All videos can be viewed on the Retirement Living Council’s YouTube...

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$3m funding boost for NSW, VIC, SA providers

An additional $3 million in funding has been made available for rural and remote providers in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, announced the funding boost yesterday which will see additional funding for 18 providers under the Flexible Aged Care Places Allocations Round for Multi-Purpose Services (MPS). “This investment will help ensure more senior Australians have access to high-quality, higher-level aged care services,” Minister Wyatt said. “Multi-Purpose Services play a critical role in small rural communities, many of which cannot support a stand-alone hospital or aged care facility.” The funding will...

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Support for new services in Northern Territory

The Turnbull Government will support a further 14 Northern Territory Aboriginal health services staff members to undertake specialised leadership and management training, as it continues moves to bolster the indigenous health workforce. The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the new participants would bring the total number of people supported by the Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Traineeship program to 66. “Customised training will help equip these outstanding nominees to become future leaders in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector,” Minister Wyatt said. “Building a strong indigenous health workforce is a key factor in closing the gap. “Increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people representation at all levels of the health system, including administration, service delivery, policy, planning and research is crucial.” The Turnbull Government’s $715,535 commitment brings the total Commonwealth investment in the Northern Territory traineeship program to more than $5 million since 2012. “Strong local leaders will help ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities in the NT have access to high-quality, culturally appropriate and comprehensive primary health care,” said Minister Wyatt. The successful trainees will receive a nationally accredited Diploma of Leadership and Management. The new funding will be shared between four health services: Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation Miwatj Aboriginal Health...

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