Advance Care Planning

Dealing with difficult conversations is something that most of us are not skilled at doing. We instinctively avoid pain, and seek pleasure. However, there are essential conversations, difficult that they may be, that all of us need to start having. Advance care planning enables families to have clarity regarding the values and preferences of each individual family member regarding health and personal care. An Advance Care planning kicks in, when you are able to communicate these values and preferences.

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Responding with compassion

There is increased awareness and a large body of evidence showing that pastoral care and spiritual care is an essential part of holistic care for everyone, particularly older people including importantly, those living with dementia. Australia’s national peak body for spiritual care and ageing, Meaningful Ageing Australia has engaged in an Australian Government, Department of Health funded project with partners Spiritual Health Victoria and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). The outcome has been the publishing of the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.

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New investment required to continue research

The news isn’t great when it comes to the increasing numbers of Australians who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Reported by the Age Care Guide, the world’s leading drug manufacturer Pfizer has withdrawn their investment into research into Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

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New framework released supports diversity for the aged

The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt released the latest framework saying that it reflects the government’s focus on customer engagement through personalisation of services, for everyone. “This Framework will help the aged care sector identify what it can do to drive cultural and systemic improvements that take into account our diverse population,” he says.

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Nominations for excellence are now open

Leading Aged Services Australia’s CEO Sean Rooney welcomes the opportunity to showcase the significant contributions that aged care services, teams and individuals are making in the service of older Australians. The awards will be judged at a state level across a number of categories, with the winners from each state progressing as finalists to the national awards which will be announced at the LASA National Congress in October next year.

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Mature aged workers bring insight to the role of support worker

Listen to what Community Home Care, Chief Executive Officer, Sue Clements and CFAA graduate Dot Squire have to say about what mature aged people bring to the aged care sector. Home and Community Care is one of the largest aged care providers, employing over 100 staff, welcoming over 300 volunteers and are located in seven sites in the South West region, including Busselton, Bunbury, Donnybrook, Margaret River, Bridgetown and two sites in Collie.

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Talking about young carers

Hear the responses of young carer, Summer Widdup, Community Home Care CEO, Sue Clements and Disability Advocate, Josef Bandera about what young people bring to the aged care and disability services sectors. Expressions of Interest in our award-winning delivery of CHC 33015 Certificate III in Individual Support, commencing early 2018, are now open. Limited places available.

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Concern over imbalance in Aged Care Workforce Taskforce

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has expressed ‘extreme concern’ at the exclusion of representation of nurses and aged care workers on the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce. The ANMF are concerned that vital perspectives of front-line professionals, such as nurses and aged care workers who understand the complex conditions of the frail aged may not be heard.

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Training HQ Open Day

An Open Day was held on 26 October at Training HQ, located at 6 A/ B Victoria Street, Bunbury. Representatives from employment service providers, recruitment agencies and apprenticeship and traineeship companies gathered at Training HQ to celebrate the co-location of two private Registered Training Organisations, Corporate First Aid Australia and Combined Team Services.

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