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The adequacy of our advocacy: survey

23 April 2019

As part of CPSA’s funding agreement with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, CPSA is surveying readers of THE VOICE online about its advocacy. Please take a few seconds to respond to three brief questions about the adequacy of our advocacy. Your support for this survey would be greatly appreciated.

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Bring out the blunt instrument!

23 April 2019

THE Aged Care Royal Commission heard evidence from a number of systemic advocacy organisations. Counsel Assisting quizzed them on nursing home staffing. Apart from CPSA, their response was that mandatory staff-to-residents ratios in nursing homes would be too hard, too blunt an instrument. One organisation even managed to say nothing at all about nursing home staffing, even though it is the key issue in residential aged care.

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Aged Care Charter of Rights, a beautiful fantasy

23 April 2019

THERE has been a lot to do about the new aged care Charter of Rights. This new Charter will cover people receiving care both in nursing homes and at home. Each care recipient must be given a copy of the Charter of Rights and this copy must be personally signed by the aged care provider who provides them with care. But what happens if you are waiting for aged care?

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16,000 died waiting for a Home Care Package: Royal Commission

23 April 2019

THE Aged Care Royal Commission has finished its second hearing. This hearing was about aged care at home, which means Home Care Packages (HCPs) and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The Commission examined My Aged Care, the HCP waiting list, HCP fees and charges and the home care workforce. Senior Counsel assisting the Commission did a summing up at the end of the second hearing. This summing up gives an indication of what findings the Commission may come up with in its interim report in October this year.

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The painful consequences of no universal dental care

23 April 2019

EXISTING Australian public dental schemes are inadequate, uncoordinated, and inequitable. Unlike what happens when you visit your GP, Medicare does not pick up any of the bill for a trip to the dentist, leaving Australians largely out of pocket.

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