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Voice to Parliament Referendum Date Confirmed
It has been announced that the date to vote on the Voice to Parliament will be held on 14 October. This referendum will decide whether to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. The voice.org.au website contains factual information which will help inform the public on what this means, including the referendum question, the constitutional amendment, and a community toolkit for further resources.

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Current and Future Public Transport Needs in Western Sydney – Invitation to Make a Submission

The NSW Legislative Council’s Portfolio Committee No. 6 – Transport and the Arts is currently conducting an inquiry into current and future public transport needs in Western Sydney. The committee is accepting submissions from NSW residents for this inquiry. When lodging, please indicate if all, part, or none of your submission (including your individual or organisation’s name) is to be published on the website. Please note that the name of an individual lodging a submission on behalf of an organisation will not be published on the website. The committee will decide how to deal with each request. Personal contact details and signatures will automatically be removed from all submissions. Participants can lodge their submission by: uploading it to the committee’s website; writing to The Director, Portfolio Committee No. 6 – Transport and the Arts, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000; or emailing it to PortfolioCommittee6@parliament.nsw.gov.au . The closing date for submissions is 18 September 2023.

Contact the secretariat: (02) 9230 2509

Factsheet on how to make a submission

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Latest Update to Star Ratings Now Published

The latest update to Star Ratings has been published which includes Quarter 3 FY 2022-23 (January to March) for Staffing and Quality measures, with updated daily information in response to regulatory decisions. It also includes a quarterly update to the residents’ experience rating.

Download the Rating Manual

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Career Hub Opens to Boost Home Care Workforce

Settlement Services International (SSI) offers a new facility to recruit and train home care workers in Bankstown.  The centre is part of SSI’s delivery of the government-funded Home Care Workforce Support Program (HCWSP) in NSW and ACT. Providers who are enrolled in HCWSP can participate in career forums held at the centre where they will be able to get in-person support. SSI also offer guidance in hiring staff and retention strategies.  This centre will remove barriers that are in the way of employees joining the home care workforce by providing in-person support and hosting monitoring and training sessions.

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Nine Recommendations for Improved Dementia Care

Palliative Care Australia and Dementia Australia have released a report that lists key nine recommendations to deliver improved care for people living with dementia and their families. The need for palliative care is predicted to increase by 50 percent in the next decade and double by 2050. This report highlighted that there had been 230,000 hours of healthy life lost due to dementia in 2022 — an increase of 61 percent from 2011. The nine recommendations were introduced to meet the needs of workforce training and greater quality of care, and include (but are not limited to): encouraging early involvement, promoting a flexible model of palliative care, and ensuring improved access to specialist palliative care services in community.

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Alzheimer’s Risk Greater for Transgender Community

The Australian research conducted by UNSW Sydney reveals that transgender and non-binary adults may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The research revealed that transgender and non-binary adults had an overall greater late-life dementia risk. Risk factors were compared, and are disproportionately higher in transgender men and women and non-binary individuals than in cisgender individuals.

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Ageing in a Housing Crisis Report

New research conducted by Housing for the Aged Action Group by researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, Western Sydney University and Curtin University examines the housing circumstances of people aged 55 years and older, based on Census analysis and Homelessness Estimates. The report found that older households were much more likely to be paying 50% or more of gross household income in rent than younger households (40% compared to 24.3%), and that older Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 45-54 had the highest rate of homelessness in 2021 of all those aged 45 and over.

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