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OPAN receives $25.7m for new National Aged Care Advocacy Program

The Older Persons Advocacy Network will receive $25.7 million over the next three years to deliver a new National Aged Care Advocacy Program, the Minister for Aged Care has announced today. The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations that has delivered advocacy, information and education services to older people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia for over 25 years. OPAN will deliver the advocacy program through its network of nine service delivery organisations across the nation. “The Turnbull Government is committed to helping older Australians, particularly those who are vulnerable,” Minister Wyatt...

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Health Support Program shows promising results

A joint partnership between a Western Australian aged care provider and HBF to deliver health support services has seen significant improvements to people’s health and independence, a member satisfaction survey has shown. Designed to help people with chronic health conditions achieve health goals and regain independence the Health Support program offered by not-for-profit provider, Bethanie, provides eligible HBF members with support from a qualified health coach in the comfort of their own homes over a three or six-month period. The program was launched in 2015 and to date 733 HBF members have experienced the one on one service provided by qualified Bethanie Health Coaches. The most recent Member Satisfaction Survey (Jan – Mar 2017) completed by those participating in the program saw a very positive response about the support people have been provided. The survey found 95 per cent were ‘satisfied with the guidance’ they received and 85 per cent believe the ‘overall program was effective’ for them. Bethanie provides the designated health coaches who attend home visits, conduct phone support, and undertake reviews of the member’s current health status. All Health Coaches are currently Registered Nurses or Allied Health Professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dietitians. “HBF’s Health Support Program is a great opportunity to assist members who have long term health conditions to remain as independent as possible. The program aims to be a partnership between the...

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Increased regulation of RV fees and contracts inevitable

Increased regulation of retirement village contracts and fees is inevitable, the Minister for Aged Care has warned, as the Commonwealth begins to coordinate state governments, the ACCC and ASIC to harmonise legislation. Minister Ken Wyatt AM has discussed the issue of retirement village fees and contracts with the Prime Minister and it is expected the issue will be raised at the next COAG meeting, though a date has not yet been confirmed. Following the ABC / Fairfax report staff at the Department of Health were tasked with collating a preliminary summary of laws governing the retirement accommodation industry across...

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RAAFA expands Perth facility with dementia focus

The Royal Australian Air Force Association WA Division (RAAFA) is in the process of completing a major redevelopment costing more than $2.6 million at its Karri and Tuart Lodge residential aged care facility north of Perth. The redevelopment, being undertaken at the RAAFA Estate on Hughie Edwards Drive, will provide much-needed accommodation and care for an additional 32 of the community’s growing population of people living with dementia, in addition to providing further employment opportunities for care staff. The new wing will see the implementation of a ‘person-centred approach’ to care being offered to residents, which aims to empower...

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Reduce energy use ahead of price soar

On 1 July the three largest energy retailers – AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia increased energy prices in what will result in an average 18 per cent price rise. Businesses in South Australia will be hit the hardest, with its energy prices now the highest in the world. Any company not already taking advantage of fixed rates through an energy broker needs to review its energy saving options. Bupa aged care has turned to energy efficiency provider, EcoSave to help reduce its costs and is realising annual savings of $800,000. Group Managing Director at Ecosave, John Harriott, says bespoke efficiency...

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