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This section will keep you up to date with news in the palliative care sector. Please note that the links below were current at the time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update their content.
 

Free supports for older people to navigate aged care

Where an older person has not been able to arrange aged care services themselves and do not have family members or friends who can help, care finder services can support. Through this service, specialist care finders provide intensive one to one support to assist people navigate and access aged care services. Most people who need aged care can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 244 or visit myagedcare.gov.au to discuss their needs. Face-to-face help is also available in Services Australia centres, with local SA based Aged Care Specialist officers. Visit Services Australia website to find out more or call 1800 227 475. 

Posted: 17/06/2024

Cultivating creative health for older people: Training opportunity for health professionals (1.27MB pdf)

Healthcare staff working with older people (e.g., in residential aged care) are invited to apply for a three-day introductory arts and health training program—Off Grid—to develop their creative skills to lead those in their care to engage in arts activities to improve well-being. This is an initiative involving Global Arts and Health Alliance and Flinders University taking place in South Australia across September 2024.  

For more information or to express interest in attending this free program, contact artsandhealthalliance@flinders.edu.au

Posted: 5/06/2024

Survey of the Australian palliative care workforce across aged care and health settings

Palliative Care Australia would like to hear from the workforce providing palliative care in any setting. This includes volunteers. A short survey (10 mins) will ask you questions about your role, workforce pressures and your occupational wellbeing, demand for services, the National Palliative Care Standards, after-hours care, VAD, and palliative care in the aged and primary care sectors. For more information and to access the survey go here.

Posted: 3/06/2024

General Practice in Aged Care Incentive to launch July 2024

The Department of Health and Aged Care has instigated a new incentive for GPs to provide increased and continuing services into Government-funded residential aged care facilities. From July 1 2024, GPs who provide regular visits and care planning to older people in aged care facilities will be eligible for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Aged Care Access Incentive (ACAI). GPs must register in the PIP and provide a required number of MBS services in residential aged care facilities over the course of a financial year.

Posted: 23/05/2024

Palliative care education and training: Communication Toolkits

The Department of Health and Aged Care has released toolkits to encourage the workforce to undertake palliative care education and training. They have content and resources tailored for aged care, general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals about training. This training will help them deliver quality palliative care. The toolkits include key messages about the importance of palliative care education and training, editorial content for newsletters, emails, websites and intranet news, text message content for aged care providers to send to their staff, videos, posters, and social media posts and image tiles.

Posted: 23/05/2024

AN ACC Class1: Palliative Care Status Form

The information required for the palliative care status form has been streamlined to make it easier to use. This includes a simpler ‘Part B: Medical Assessment’. Palliative care status is specifically for individuals with an estimated life expectancy of 3 months or less AND an AKPS score of 40 or less, who enter permanent residential care for the purpose of receiving planned palliative care.
Visit entering residential aged care for palliative care for more information.

Posted: 8/05/2024

Updated palliative care status form

The information in the palliative care status form has been simplified. This includes a more streamlined ‘Part B: Medical Assessment’. The form still needs to be submitted within 14 days from notification of the care recipient’s permanent entry. Submission is by attaching the form to the palliative care applications in the My Aged Care Service Provider Portal.

Posted: 7/05/2024

Leaflet series on RAC for diverse population groups

NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association has produced a series of leaflets titled ’10 questions to ask’ that provides information about residential aged care in a range of languages, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The leaflets are free to download and share with people in your care or potential residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Each one focuses on an individual aspect of care to increase consumer knowledge and make the journey into residential aged care easier.

Posted: 7/05/2024

Review of My Aged Care seeking submissions

The Office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care (IGAC) is conducting a review to assess whether My Aged Care enables older Australians to navigate to and initiate the assessment process required for entry to the aged care system in a timely manner, regardless of their location, health requirements, cultural background, identity or prior knowledge of the system. The Review wants to hear from people who have used My Aged Care in the past 5 years to seek an assessment for care, or who are planning to use My Aged Care in the future. People who have experienced a barrier to using My Aged Care, whether through access difficulties, personal circumstances, technological barriers, or any other issue, are also invited to participate.

Further information is available at the Office’s website

Posted: 2/05/2024

Health services used by younger people living in residential aged care

The aged care system is designed to support the needs of older Australians and is generally seen as an unacceptable setting for younger people (aged under 65) to live. Despite this, many younger Australians live in permanent residential aged care.

This report describes younger people’s use of health services while living in residential aged care during 2020–21, using linked data in the National Integrated Health Services Information (NIHSI).

Posted: 1/05/2024
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