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Royal Commission Terms of Reference released

As expected, the Terms of Reference are broad and they can be reviewed here. Of note, the Terms outline the scope of the quality and safety matters that the Commission will look at which include, but are not limited to: dignity, choice and control, nutrition, medication management, end of life care, systems to ensure that high quality care is delivered, such as governance arrangements and management support systems....

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ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE QUALITY AND SAFETY

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is to examine the quality of care in residential and home care services provided to senior Australians, as well as to younger persons with disability who are living in residential aged care. The calling of the Royal Commission will bring a dramatic escalation in media glare and public scrutiny to the Aged Care sector – a sector that has already endured 20 aged care reviews in the last 20 years....

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Another inquiry into aged care? What is the Aged Care Royal Commission, and how will it be different?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the Government's decision to ask the Governor General to establish a Royal Commission into the aged care sector.  This is not the first government investigation into aged care in recent history. What is a Royal Commission? A Royal Commission is a public inquiry established under the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) (“Royal Commissions Act”)....

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Report of the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices

The report recommends the introduction of a bill for voluntary assisted dying, which should be drafted in consultation with a panel of experts, including health and legal professionals and health consumers. The framework proposed by the report differs from the Victorian legislation in that eligibility for assisted dying is not dependent on a timeframe in which it is anticipated that the person will ...

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Coroner seeks strategies for managing residents with dysphagia

Paul Milward was aged 53 at the time of his death on 31 August 2015 and resided at an aged care residential facility. Mr Milward suffered from Huntington's disease, depression, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and asthma.  He was on numerous medications.  It was noted in Mr Milward’s aged care record that he required assistance with activities of daily living and mobility due to involuntary movements (chorea) as a result of Huntington's disease....

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Nanny-cams and Home Care Services

Laws relating to surveillance cameras and devices operate at the state and federal level. In WA the applicable Acts are the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Surveillance Devices Act 1998 (WA), as well as statutory obligations arising under occupational health & safety legislation. It is an offence under the Surveillance Devices Act to install, use or maintain: listening devices to record ...

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Services and places in aged care & Government spending on aged care

GEN Services and places in aged care reports on the services providing aged care and the number of places provided. The data have been updated through to 30 June 2017., GEN Government spending on aged care reports on government spending on aged care services. The data have been updated for the financial year 2016-17. Commonwealth and state funding are included.,

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Federal Court dismisses bid to charge Asset Replacement Fee

Regis had commenced the proceedings seeking a declaration from the Court that the Asset Replacement Charge (ARC) may be lawfully imposed without contravening the Aged Care Act or its associated regulatory instruments. All individuals entering Regis’ facilities from 1 May 2016 have been asked to sign an agreement, which includes an agreement to pay the ARC. Regis ...

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Notifiable Data Breach scheme commences

From 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme will apply to all agencies and organisations with existing personal information security obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). All private sector health and aged care organisations are affected by the scheme requiring them to notify the Information Commissioner and any individuals likely to be at risk of serious harm in the event of an eligible data breach....

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Coroner refers Nursing Home to OACQC

In August 2012 Mr R was admitted to a high care nursing home facility, where he required assistance with all daily living tasks and was unable to mobilise independently. 31 days after his admission he was noted to have pressure sores on his heels. In November 2012, further pressure sores were observed on his hip. On 6 February 2013, the wounds were noted to be necrotic. On 15 February 2013, it was recorded that Mr R had lost 5....

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Move to mandate staffing ratios

The Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017 is seeking “to enhance the level of care provided by aged care facilities nation-wide” according to Senator Derryn Hinch’s Second Reading Speech. The Bill proposes that a minimum adequate and safe ratio of appropriately skilled staff to care recipients be mandated in the Quality of Care principles, based ...

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Employer Successfully Rebuts Aged Care Worker’s Bullying Claim

The employee made multiple bullying allegations covering a period of approximately 3 years. Amongst those allegations she claimed that: the first day she met the manager that the manager yelled and screamed at her in the office;, she was detained against her will when she was asked to complete paperwork regarding a car accident at the end of her shift;, the manager’s concerns about timekeeping ...

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