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Home Care smoke and mirrors

28 January 2020

THE home care waiting list continues to be laughably long and reductions are overwhelming due to people dying. Government action achieves marginal improvements only.

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Reportable nursing home assaults up 83% in two years

28 January 2020

THE notion of a reportable assault implies that there assaults which need not be reported. But shouldn't the official report in which reportable assaults are reported report on what may have caused the rate of reportable assaults to skyrocket?

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Funeral provider ripping off the dead

28 January 2020

INVOCARE, one of the largest funeral providers in Australia, has taken the idea of being late for your own funeral to the next level and assumed that, even if you're not late, it will charge you a late fee!

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Downsides and upsides of downsizing

28 January 2020

IT doesn't tell us anything anyone following this issue doesn't know, but the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) report looking into the issue of retirees downsizing from the family home into something smaller gives a good overview of the reasons people do and don't downsize.

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BEGGING TO DIFFER: Aged Care Royal Commission Nails It

22 November 2019

The Aged Care Royal Commission's interim Report Neglect has left absolutely no wriggle room for Government and industry to pretend that the aged care system is sound at heart. Yes, there is a systemic problem. In fact, there are many. Consumer organisations in the ageing arena must now show their mettle and stand should to shoulder with the Royal Commission, insisting on reform that benefits the people who need care.

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Super lost and franking credits wasted

22 November 2019

During the great franking credit debate much was made of retail and industry funds' ability to still fully utilise franking credits, something your typical SMSF would not have been able to do had the new policy been implemented. Turns out retail and industry funds can't as a rule be bothered with franking credits and anything to do with income tax.

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Advance Care Directive pitfalls

22 November 2019

Doctors tend not to be all that keen on Advance Care Directives. It is prudent to assume that they will take any excuse to ignore your Advance Care Directive if they think they have a better idea.

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Government missing in aged care action for 20 years: Royal Commission fails to tell us ‘how come?’

31 October 2019

The Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report published today is very clear about the fact that successive Governments have done nothing to fix the very serious and grave problems afflicting aged care for well over twenty years, but the Interim Report fails to identify the reasons for Government inaction. While those reasons remain hidden, the problems in aged care cannot be resolved

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