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Co-operative and Mutual Enterpises (CME) Support Program

Co-operative and Mutual Enterpises (CME) Support Program

The Government will commit $6.9 million to a staged rollout of the national Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises (CME) Support Program.

CMEs are organisations that are owned and run by members, such as consumers, service providers, employees or people in the local community.The CME Support Program will support aged care, and the broader care and support sector to:

· develop sustainable and coordinated approaches in growing a skilled workforce using a model which is likely to attract new workers to the care sector

· support the start-up of six to seven CMEs that will deliver care services in areas of need, and

· deliver up to six additional projects to help grow existing CMEs.

Case studies can be found in this link:

https://blcw.dss.gov.au/articles/case-study-aged-care-the-co-operative-life/

To find out more about how co-operatives and mutuals might work for you, contact a BLCW Regional Coordinator at [email protected]

Other resources on governance can be explored here: https://bccm.coop/about/what-we-do/governance/

Why is Aged Care so poor

Why is Aged Care so poor

In this opinion article, Emeritus Professor Hal Swerissen unravels the economics of aged care and how you’re paying for it.

Unlike other sectors, such as disability and mental health, Australia doesn’t have a clearly defined, rights-based framework of outcomes for older people when they need care.

Instead, the emphasis has been on managing costs. This has been a particular problem for residential aged care. As a result, Australian residential care has become more privatised and marketised over the past 25 years.

So, how has that affected the quality of care? And what can governments do to address this issue?

Full article can be found in the link.

https://nationalseniors.com.au/news/latest-in-finance/why-is-aged-care-so-poor-follow-the-money?utm_source=Connect-non-members-newsletter-

Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Following recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the Federal Department of Health is seeking guidance on the types of services that should be supported through in-home care.

It has provided a short survey to consult with senior Australians and their carers and family members as well as providers and professionals who work in aged care about a proposed Service List which you can complete. You have until 24 May to respond.

Living Longer Living Stronger exercise programs near you

Living Longer Living Stronger is an exciting and affordable exercise program to help older people improve their physical strength and fitness. It is a progressive training program designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and endurance. The website offers free videos and other information to maintain your health. The link below identifies the programs running in our local area.

https://www.cotansw.com.au/programs/living-longer-living-stronger/classes/class-locations/

Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Living Longer Living Stronger exercise programs near you

Living Longer Living Stronger is an exciting and affordable exercise program to help older people improve their physical strength and fitness.

It is a progressive training program designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and endurance. The website offers free videos and other information to maintain your health. The link below identifies the programs running in our local area.

https://www.cotansw.com.au/programs/living-longer-living-stronger/classes/class-locations/

National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study: Final Report

National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study: Final Report

Elder Abuse has gained significant attention in Australia in recent years as a serious problem requiring increased policy focus. This report provides an evidence-based support to policy moving forward.

The complete report is in the link.

https://aifs.gov.au/sites/default/files/publication-documents/2021_national_elder_abuse_prevalence_study_final

Plan ahead and avoid family heartbreak

Plan ahead and avoid family heartbreak

Have you talked to your family about how you would like to be cared for in your advanced years? Families notch up so much intimate knowledge about their loved ones. Yet, advance care planning is often the most important conversations and we end up avoiding it. If you were too unwell to speak for yourself, who would speak for you and what would they say?

Advance care planning offers all of us the opportunity to discuss our preferences early, preparing ourselves and our loved ones in case there comes a time when we can’t make our own treatment decisions, or communicate them.

View the stories in the new ‘The Questions that Matter Most’ video. Visit advancecareplanning.org.au to access a free email starter pack and other helpful information.

For free, personalised advice, call the National Advance Care Planning Support Service on 1300 208 582 from 9am to 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Full article in link below

https://nationalseniors.com.au/news/latest-in-lifestyle/plan-ahead-and-avoid-family-heartbreak

Change is in the Air: Brave New World International Dementia Conference

Change is in the Air: Brave New World International Dementia Conference

The 2022 International Dementia Conference is being sponsored by the Dementia Centre and Hammond Care in Sydney 8-9 September.

Early Bird registrations are open 1 June.

upport is being offered to any person living with dementia or a carer who would like support submitting an abstract for this conference.

Contact [email protected].  Conference details can be found on the link https://www.dementiaconference.com/

Australia Dementia Research Forum is on in May

Australia Dementia Research Forum is on in May

The Australian Dementia Research Forum is the premier annual event for Australian dementia research, bringing together dementia researchers, health professionals and policy makers, as well as people living with dementia and their families and carers. The forum is dedicated to advancing dementia science and research.

It will be held virtually on 30-31 May 2022.

For the Program: https://www.australiandementiaresearchforum2022.org.au/program

To register: https://www.australiandementiaresearchforum2022.org.au/registrations

How long could you live?

How long could you live?

Retirement income is a hot topic during the 2022 federal election and a core aspect of planning your retirement income is estimating your lifespan.

National Seniors new lifespan calculator helps determine just how long your money needs to last.

The full article can be found in the link: https://nationalseniors.com.au/news/latest-in-finance/how-long-could-you-live?utm_source=Money-matters-non-members-newsletter-Apr22&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Money-matters-non-members-newsletter-Apr22&utm_id=Money-matters-non-members-newsletter-Apr22&utm_term=April-22&utm_content=how-long-could-you-live.

A matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy

A matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy

A Matter of Care is a report of Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

The strategy outlines 14 areas of action to support the aged care workforce in their role of caring for frail and vulnerable members of our society.

The complete Strategy can be accessed in the link: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/a-matter-of-care-australia-s-aged-care-workforce-strategy.pdf

UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons Webinar

UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons Webinar

Every Age Counts presents their latest Free webinar May 17 called The Missing Link: Australian Leadership and support for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. Join in from 10:30- 11:30 am. Robert Tickner and Marlene Krasovitsky are the guest speakers, along with