Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Care News Digest for 2023. In this edition, we spotlight crucial updates and opportunities within the realm of aged care. The health and well-being of our elders deserve paramount attention, and various initiatives and studies are shaping the future of aged care in Australia.
The Department of Health and Aged Care is keen on gathering feedback from health professionals and the public on how information is disseminated. Your voice matters and participating in the survey allows you to influence the way health information is shared. The survey, closing on 30 September 2023, is an invaluable opportunity to contribute your insights.
Additionally, the Dharriwaa Elders Group and UNSW have conducted a study focusing on Elders’ perspectives and priorities for ageing well in a remote Aboriginal community. This study sheds light on culturally safe models of aged care.
The Ageing Well Report, based on a comprehensive survey, highlights three key elements for ageing well: financial stability, an active lifestyle, and positive connections. The report distinguishes perspectives based on age, emphasizing the significance of these elements in the ageing process.
Providers in the aged care sector should take note of critical reporting deadlines. The Government Provider Management System (GPMS) requires operational data from residential and home care providers by 31 October 2023. Additionally, the Aged Care Financial Report (ACFR) for the 2022-23 reporting period is now open, with a deadline of 31 October 2023. Compliance with these reporting requirements is crucial for sector transparency and efficiency.
Promoting dementia-friendly care environments is a priority. Environmental audits by Dementia Australia ensure that care facilities are tailored to support individuals with dementia. Additionally, resources like the Anglicare Inclusive Engagement Toolkit and free translation services aid in engaging and supporting vulnerable groups in the community.
Take advantage of upcoming events like the ‘Dementia and Voting in the Voice Referendum’ webinar and the ‘International Day of Older Persons Roundtable.’ These events provide unique insights and facilitate important discussions about aged care and its future. Engage, learn, and connect with others invested in this vital sector.
For providers in the Western Sydney Primary Health Network region, the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) Grant offers an opportunity to enhance care for those with severe symptoms of dementia. Additionally, the newly established Aged Care Knowledge Hub provides valuable resources to support nursing in aged care and share research findings.
We encourage all stakeholders, from providers to the public, to actively participate in shaping the future of aged care. Your insights and contributions are vital in creating a care system that supports and celebrates our elders.
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