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Governance is not a dirty word

Governance is not a dirty word

Pro Bono Australia has published a new article on ‘Good Governance should be a priority for your organisation’.

Boards have a vital role to play in continuous improvement and strategy oversight. To read the article, follow the link.

https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2022/09/sponsored-governance-is-not-a-dirty-word/?utm_source=Pro+Bono+Australia+-+email+updates&utm_campaign=51bbb12a26-News_13+Sept+2022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ee68172fb-51bbb12a26-147743081&mc_cid=51bbb12a26&mc_eid=58b9658904

Australasian Conference on Care of Older People

Australasian Conference on Care of Older People

The Australasian Conference on Care of Older People will be held on line from October 23 to 28.

Centre for Research Aged Care – ECU Research Centre presents the Australasian Conference on Care of Older People Virtual Conference

The cost is $30 – students, unwaged, older adults, carers, aged care workers. and $60 – academics, health professionals, providers

Register here: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/910244

Aged Care Community Hub Consultation Papers

Aged Care Community Hub Consultation Papers

The Department of Health and Aged Care have released a number of consultation papers. All service and Older Australians are encouraged to have their say by providing feedback on the below links.

Closes 10 October

Closes 14 October

Closes 14 October

Home Care Packages Q and A webinar

Home Care Packages Q and A webinar

The Older Persons Advocacy Network is hosting a webinar to answer questions about home care packages.

A panel of experts will answer questions including statements, fees and charges. Further details can be found in the registration link HERE.

The webinar will be held on 8 October from 11:30am- 12:30pm.

Working with Aged Care clients who experienced childhood trauma in care

Working with Aged Care clients who experienced childhood trauma in care

Working with Aged Care Clients Who Experienced Childhood Trauma in Care is a free online course developed by Elm Place and the Australian Institute of Social Relations and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund.

There are three parts to the course.

·         Identifying the people and why

·         What is complex childhood trauma and why it is relevant for workers in aged care

·         What does it mean for your workplace and you?

Completing this course provides evidence towards Standard 7 of the Aged Care Quality Standards.

Content Alert, it is not uncommon to be distressed by the subject matter, please seek support if needed or as a manager there is a debrief document that is free to download.

Follow the link below to access this free training.

https://www.helpinghand.org.au/training/

Resources can be accessed and ordered through this link: https://www.helpinghand.org.au/about-us/diversity-inclusion/forgotten-australians/

Memories on the Move  with Tweed Heads Library

Memories on the Move with Tweed Heads Library

Tweed Heads Library Assistant  Linda Bell is presenting Memories on the Move in September.

The theme is Inventions, covering inventions that changed the world, Aussie inventions and some weird and wonderful inventions that never took off.

Please call Tweed Heads Library to make a booking or find out more on 07 55363672

Support to Stay at home after a dementia diagnosis

Support to Stay at home after a dementia diagnosis

Dementia Support Australia recently launched ‘Staying at Home’, a free program for carers and people recently diagnosed with dementia.

Staying at Home is an education and respite program. It provides carers with advice and practical training on how to support a person living with dementia to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

People living with dementia are offered an introduction to respite, while carers participate in the educational program.

Join other carers and people living with dementia in a peer-support program with different modes of delivery to suit individual circumstances, including a three-day/two-night program and a day-only program (for two days). Experienced staff, including nurses and allied health clinicians provide education, practical suggestions and tailored support.

Topics include:

  • Understanding and managing dementia
  • Accessing community care services
  • Looking after yourself
  • Planning for the future
  • Managing behaviour changes associated with dementia
  • Support for transition into respite care
  • Meaningful engagement: how to continue enjoyable activities for longer
  • Managing physical changes: mobility, continence, communication.
Seniors Rights Service is there for older Australians

Seniors Rights Service is there for older Australians

The Seniors Rights Service is a community organisation dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of older people, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

The service provides a free legal service, aged care advocacy and delivers community information to older people in New South Wales.

It provides information on a range of topics including:

·         Information on the CHSP including overview of the CHSP, what can consumers expect from service providers, consumer choice, eligibility and services, access and client contribution

·         Information on home care packages

·         Information on residential aged care

·         The rights of older people

·         How to plan ahead, e.g. Power of Attorney

·         Retirement village issues

·         Issues in aged and community care

Its advocates can answer questions and explain the intricacies of the age care system and programs to recipients and potential recipients of aged care, in a way they understand.

The service can connect older people to My Aged Care via the Advocates as Agents Program

It provides targeted rights-based information to a diverse range of older people regardless of cultural background or sexual orientation. Our aged care advocates, solicitors and education staff travel across NSW to support aged care recipients and the wider community.

It holds information sessions at community groups, clubs, social and professional groups, aged care homes and retirement villages. We also organise forums and discussion panels. The service collaborates with organisations and community groups to develop and implement projects on specific issues such as financial abuse of older people. It is free and confidential.

You can call the service on 02 9281 3600 or on 1800 424 079

Palliative Care insights and consultation with Healthy North Coast

Palliative Care insights and consultation with Healthy North Coast

Healthy North Coast is working to better understand the ageing, palliative care and end-of-life care experiences across this community. Healthy North Coast is seeking feedback and insights on current services and how itcan improve the ageing journey for everyone across the North Coast.

They are asking people to complete the survey on the  situation for ageing and end-of-life care experiences in the region. Feedback will be shared and explored at workshops. The survey closes on September 9.

CLICK HERE TO DO THE SURVEY

Attend the ageing and palliative care workshops on September 22 in Coffs Harbour from 10am to 2pm at the Ex-Serviceman’s club or October 12 in Ballina from 10am to 2pm at the Ballina RSL.

 For more information contact Debbie Smythe at email: [email protected]

National Reform program updates from the Quality and Safety Commission

National Reform program updates from the Quality and Safety Commission

Learn more about the new Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response) Act 2022 including new governance responsibilities; aged care providers code of conduct and the serious incidents response scheme (SIRS) that extend to home care and flexible care.

You can also register for the webinar on the Introduction to aged care sector reforms – a regulatory perspective on either September 8 or 13.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Informed consent on the use of restrictive practices – Aged Care Alert

Informed consent on the use of restrictive practices – Aged Care Alert

An exposure draft of the Federal Government’s Quality of Care Amendment (Restrictive Practices) Principles 2022 is now available for review.

Document can be found here: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/aged-care/providing-aged-care-services/working-in-aged-care/restrictive-practices-in-aged-care-a-last-resort

 Comments of the draft instrument can be emailed to [email protected] by 5pm, Thursday, September 15.

Interactive four-part series looks at Aged Care Rights

Interactive four-part series looks at Aged Care Rights

Social Futures isoffering a free interactive four-part series entitled  Implementing Charter of Aged Care Rights.

When: 6 Sept; 13 Sept; 20 Sept and 11 October

Where: Online: 2-3pm (30/8; 6&13/9) and 2-3:30pm (11/10)

Contact [email protected] to register.

The training will be delivered by Glen Sorensen. Glen is the author of When I’m 64, Millennium Books and Options for the Ageing: the complete guide to support and care of older people. He is the presenter of the MDS Training DVD produced by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He is also the writer and presenter of the 2016 DVD Walk the Person Centred Talk, a practical resource on the person centred approach in work with consumers.

Older men prone to loneliness and more at risk of suicide

Older men prone to loneliness and more at risk of suicide

Men aged 85 and older have the highest suicide rates in Australia, but the tragedy has gone relatively unnoticed. Researchers from the University of New South Wales have written an article for The Conversation looking at how to reverse the trend.

Read The Conversation article here.

The researchers suggest meeting men where they are and listening to their voices by designing programs in partnership with them. This means better understanding men’s barriers to suicide interventions. These include a lack of trust in traditional services and an aversion to “formal” supports that frame emotional distress and suicidal behaviours as mental illness.It also means exploring, developing and funding new options that are acceptable, relevant and accessible, such as gendered support, peer-led programs, community-based informal support and programs combining exercise with mental health promotion.

Support services are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 or chat online
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (for people aged 5 to 25)
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
  • StandBy – Support After Suicide: 1300 727 24