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End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) Seeking EOIs for Linkages Program

ELDAC is seeking interest from organisations providing aged care services for the Linkages Program (formerly known as Working Together Program). This program will help to increase staff confidence, knowledge, skills and support regarding palliative care planning. It will also help to facilitate linkages between aged, primary and specialist palliative care providers, and is supported by the Linkages Toolkit. Expressions of interest close on 12 June 2023. 

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2023-24 Budget Response to Aged Care 

The Federal Budget for 2023-24 was handed down on 9 May 2023. The budget addressed several recommendations in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Initiatives supported in the budget include the 15% wage increase for aged care workers, a new Aged Care Taskforce to review funding arrangements, and a delay in the transition to the Support at Home program (now due to begin on 1 July 2025). More information can be found on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website regarding budget initiatives to support the ongoing aged care reforms. 

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Grant Opportunity: Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Training  

There is an opportunity for residential aged care providers to apply for funding for their registered and enrolled nurses to complete specialist IPC training. This grant will support up to two nurses in each service for training, study leave, and backfilling of roles. This grant opportunity closes at 2.00pm on 30 June 2023. Eligibility criteria applies. 

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Have Your Say: Improving the Work Health and Safety of In-Home Care Workers  

This anonymous survey is being conducted by the Behavioural Insights Team, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Melbourne, and the NSW Centre for Work Health and Safety. The survey is for in-home aged or disability care workers only. Responses will help to gain an understanding of workers’ knowledge, experience with Work Health and Safety (WHS) training, and any ideas for improvement. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and will close on 9 June 2023. Participants will also have the chance to win 1 of 5 $150 GiftPay cards. For any questions, contact Josh Rhee at [email protected]. 

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Have Your Say: Provider Workforce Survey  

The Australian Government is seeking responses from aged care providers through this survey. It aims to monitor the workforce through collecting data on the size and composition or the sector workforce in residential and in-home care settings. Responses will help to guide policy decisions, and is open until June 2023. 

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Have Your Say: Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) Survey on Workforce Planning Tool 

The ACWIC is asking for providers to submit feedback on its Workforce Planning Tool. This tool is specifically for the aged care sector, and it aims to help providers analyse gaps in the current care workforce. 

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