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How aged care needs to change: It will be written

28 October 2020

Counsel Assisting the Aged Care Royal Commission have made their final submissions, making a raft of recommendations that would bring aged care in Australia up to scratch if implemented. Full implementation rather than watered-down implementation will be the next battle-ground for aged care advocates.

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Cashless Welfare Card: you too could be on it soon

28 October 2020

Despite protestations that Age Pensioners will not be put on income management compulsorily, draft legislation before Parliament does exactly that. Age Pensioners in what is currently the Cape York trial area could soon find they have no option.

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Government sticks with useless medical costs finder website

21 October 2020

The Australian Government's Medical Costs Finder website is so conspicuously inadequate as a consumer information tool, you're left wondering if it's intentional. It is certain, though, that throwing another $17 million at it will not make it fit for purpose.

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Tax break to prevent elder abuse: granny flats

21 October 2020

Granny flat arrangements can go horribly wrong and when they do, older people can be literally left homeless. A new Capital Gains Tax exemption encourages formal granny flat agreements, which can do much to protect older people and people with disabilities living in granny flats

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Are you eating right?

21 October 2020

Malnutrition is slow killer of older people inside and outside nursing homes. It's a good idea to make sure your diet keeps you as healthy and fit as possible.

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JobSeeker or pre-Age Pension?

14 October 2020

The longer a person is unemployed, the more difficult it becomes for them to find a suitable job, or even an unsuitable one. Social security arrangements acknowledge this on the one hand, but on the other compel people to keep looking when it is clear they're not going to find anything.

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Financial abuse of older people takes many forms

7 October 2020

COVID-19 has shown that the protection of older, vulnerable people is often careless. Some industries, such as the legal sector, are taking proactive steps to identify and report cases of elder abuse especially in regard to the financial abuse of older people.

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Made easier: the things you have to do after you die

30 September 2020

Dying isn’t as easy as it used to be. When someone dies up to forty government and private organisations need to be notified, not to mention online accounts needing to be closed. There's a scheme to do it all in one fell swoop.

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Aged care quality framework out, quality indicators in – Royal Commission

30 September 2020

The aged care industry has for decades resisted meaningful monitoring of aged care quality, which shows in the ridiculously vague aged care standards the industry must comply with. The industry is now complaining how onerous it is to demonstrate compliance with the new, vague standards that came in 2019, but they also resist the replacement of standards with a suite of meaningful quality indicators that are based on information providers already collect as part of and during the course of normal operations.

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COVID and flu in nursing homes: when bad news is good news

23 September 2020

Finally the Government is publishing information about COVID-19 in nursing homes across Australia. That's six months into the pandemic. But the report the Government put out tries to spin the mismanagement of the pandemic in nursing homes as .... a win!

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