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Pharmacological approaches to incontinence free webinar

Pharmacological approaches to incontinence free webinar

The Continence Foundation of Australia invites you to register for the next webinar. In this webinar, pharmacists Brad Butt and Kirilos Wasef will present information on effective medications for different types of incontinence and the various needs of consumers. We will cover the pharmacological treatments for those with comorbidities and the impact of polypharmacy.

This webinar will provide knowledge for the generalist health professional and those working with high care needs and disability.

When: Tuesday, September 28

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Online

Register here: https://kapara.rdbk.com.au/landers/f67991.html

National Wellness and Reablement e-Learning (via MACLE) opportunities

National Wellness and Reablement e-Learning (via MACLE) opportunities

Recently Social Futures Community Aged Care Sector Support staff completed the online learning modules. Glenn Bailey shares his thoughts …

To support my role in facilitating reflective practice on wellness and reablement implementation by CHSP providers I recently completed the eLearning reablement modules provided by the My Aged Care Learning Environment (MACLE). The three modules took around 10 hours to complete. The self-paced learning approach gave me the flexibility to engage in the content with convenience. Highlights for me centred on further developing my language on wellness and re-ablement, appreciating practical re-ablement strategies, negotiating goal setting in practice and broader awareness of diversity, complexity and vulnerability themes in aged care.

It is  highly recommend all CHSP funded services and staff register for the MACLE eLearning reablement modules while there are still available places. A resource that explains more details and has a summary of training content can be found here (courtesy of the Eastern Sector Development Team – Victoria).

Anyone interested in registering in the online training needs to complete this spreadsheet and return it to email: [email protected]

Please note, our Social Futures team will definitely be sharing the many resources and great information we accessed through the above training in our future reflective practice workshops for Northern Rivers (contact [email protected]  or 0408-132-838 for bookings).

David’s final story

David’s final story

After 50 years of telling other people’s stories on screen, David Gulpilil has finally produced the story of his own incredible life.

David Gulpilil is arguably the most iconic Indigenous Australian actor in the history of Australian cinema, with a legendary screen career spanning 50 years.

He made his debut in Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout (1971) and was quickly cast in Storm Boy (1976), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Last Wave (1977) and Walkabout to Hollywood (1980), before starring in the global blockbuster Crocodile Dundee (1986).

His role in Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) drew major critical acclaim, but his first lead role in a feature film didn’t come until 2002 in Rolf de Heer’s The Tracker, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. A bond of brotherhood was forged between Gulpilil and de Heer that saw them collaborate on many projects over the next 20 years.

In what is very likely his final film, Gulpilil faces his own mortality as he battles terminal lung cancer. He talks about what it is to stare down death, and what it was to live a life such as he did—a dizzying mix of traditional Aboriginal ways and modern Hollywood excess, and everything in between. It is pure, unmediated and unvarnished David Gulpilil, finally able to say in a film exactly what he wants to say.

For the full story follow the link below:


Dementia in Practice Podcast

Dementia in Practice Podcast

General practitioners play a vital role in supporting local communities to face all sorts of health challenges – they see and hear a lot. So, have you ever wondered what GPs have to say about dementia, one of the key health issues of our time?

In Dementia in Practice, a new podcast series by Dementia Training Australia (DTA), general practitioners Hilton Koppe, Marita Long and Steph Daly share their professional and personal experiences with dementia.

Your podcast hosts are all GPs who are members of DTA’s GP Clinical Education Group.

This new resource will help you better understand what dementia is, how to prevent it, diagnose it, manage it and live with it.

The five episodes released now are:

Introducing Dementia in Practice: Drs Hilton Koppe, Marita Long and Steph Daly introduce the series and begin by sharing their professional and personal experiences with dementia.

Life with dementia: a first-hand account: Ann Pietsch talks to Dr Steph Daly about her experience of living with Lewy Body Dementia.

Healthy ageing and dementia: how to recognise the difference: Dr Marita Long chats to neurologist Dr Matthew Kirkcaldie from the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre about mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the GP team discuss the different causes of MCI.

Diagnosing dementia in general practice (part 1): The team discuss the challenges for GPs of diagnosing dementia and offer some simple diagnostic frameworks to help overcome those challenges.

Diagnosing dementia in general practice (part 2): The team talk about their experiences and the process of diagnosing dementia in general practice, including how to detect signs of dementia, taking a collaborative history and keeping the patient central to the process.

The podcast has been produced by Kim Lester and studio engineering is by Derek Myers from Castaway Studios.

Dementia Support

Dementia Support

The University of NSW is testing a new training and support group for people in the early stages of dementia and an e-learning program for carers.

They are looking for people aged 65 or over who have a formal diagnosis of dementia, to participate in an online group and have a carer who is also willing to participate.

You will be allocated to the online training group or a control group, and undertake three interviews over six months. Control group participants will receive the educational program after the study is finished. Click here for More information and express interest. Closing date late 2022

NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman offers free consumer advice

NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman offers free consumer advice

The Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) is free, fair and independent. It is the complaints – handling service for all electricity and gas customers in NSW, and some water customers.

The NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman offers free consumer advice, for example have you received an estimated energy bill? You might receive an estimated bill if your actual meter can’t be accessed easily, but it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities if you receive an estimated bill.

You may have received an estimated bill if your meter couldn’t be safely accessed, for example locked gates, a dog on the property, or overgrown bushes blocking the meter can prevent it being read. Retailers try to read meters every quarter however, if there are unsafe weather conditions estimated bills can be issued up to three times a year.

Estimated bills are usually based on the amount of electricity or gas used in the past, and your bill will be adjusted depending on whether you use more or less than what was estimated. Your bill should clearly state that your meter reading has been estimated, either with the word Estimated or with the letter E next to the readings.

What can you do about an estimated bill? Can you read your own meter? If you have an old meter you can provide your own readings to your retailer so that your bill can be adjusted. If you send a picture of the meter to your retailer before the due date, the retailer can adjust your bill.

However, this isn’t an option if you have a time – of -use meter or smart meter. If you are worried that your estimated read is too high , you can ask your retailer for a special meter read however there may be a cost for this service.

If you are worried about your bills, or are receiving a number of estimated bills contact your provider as soon as possible. The earlier you reach out, the more likely it is you can get help. If you are not happy with the response, you can call our team at EWON. We can investigate your bill, talk to your provider, help negotiate a payment plan, or refer you to agencies who can offer additional support.

You can find out more in our fact sheet here.  

How to get in touch with us

Freecall: 1800 246 545* Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm

Freepost: Reply Paid 86550 Sydney South NSW 1234

Interpreter: 131 450

TTY/Voice: 133 677

Online: ewon.com.au 

* If you are calling from a mobile phone, let us know and we will call you back.

Take ACTION: on the Rights of Older Persons

Take ACTION: on the Rights of Older Persons

Invitation to sign an Open Letter on the Rights of Older Persons

We would like to invite you as civil society organisations to sign an Open Letter on the Rights of Older Persons urging UN member states to take action and commence the drafting of a new UN convention on the rights of older persons.

Please click here to download the Open Letter

To sign the letter on behalf of your civil society organisation please complete this online form here: https://form.jotform.com/212475327343050

(If you are an NGO that does not have any UN accreditation, please check the box: “non ECOSOC” in the form).

The Open Letter was drafted by experts from National Human Rights Institutions, academia from different regions, and with inputs from members of the Global Alliance on the Rights of Older Persons Steering Group.

Please note that the deadline to sign the Open Letter is on Thursday 16th September 2021 at 1pm CEST Geneva time. It will be published with the names of the organisations (not with the names of contact persons).

Invitation to attend a side event during the UN’s Human Rights Council 48th. Session

The Open Letter will be published on 20th of September before the side event during the UN Human Rights Council 48th Session. The side event entitled Human Rights in Older Age: Towards the Elimination of Ageism and Age Discrimination will take place on Tuesday, 21st September at 14:00 Geneva time, 8:00 NY time.

Find the side event concept note here and register here: http://bit.ly/HumanRightsinOlderAge

Please support this action! Your support and engagement are highly needed and will be much appreciated.

Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN

Geriatric Psychiatrist, TOH

Professor of Psychiatry, U of Ottawa

Chair, Steering Group, GAROP

Chair of the Board, ILC-Canada

Support a U.N. Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

Better Homes Campaign – share your story

Better Homes Campaign – share your story

The Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW is continuing to support the Building Better Homes campaign. Unfortunately NSW is one of two states that will not implement the new minimum accessibility standards that will be included in the next National Construction Code.

These are not extreme changes, in practical terms it would mean that all new homes will be built in such a way that they are suitable for people whose mobility is impaired or can easily be adapted to be so. For example, doorways that are wide enough for wheelchairs, suitable turning zones for wheelchairs and walkers, staircases that could take a chairlift and reinforcement in bathroom walls so that support bars could be added.

We need your help! The campaign is looking for people to share their stories – specifically we are looking for people who:

• have had difficulty staying in their home because their home no longer meets their physical needs, or

• have had to move into aged care prematurely because their home was no longer appropriate for their physical needs.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, and you’re willing to share your story, please email us at [email protected] us by September 30.

Speak Up! North Coast Community Survey

Speak Up! North Coast Community Survey

If you live on the North Coast of New South Wales, now is the time to ‘Speak Up’ on the Healthy North Coast’s community survey. This survey is held once every three years and is designed to help health planners understand what’s working and what’s not when it comes to health and health services on the North Coast.

More than ever, it’s essential that we have a strong community voice at the centre of our planning and decision making. Feedback received through Speak Up can help shine a light on what and where health services and supports are needed, and how to prioritise available funding to drive better health outcomes.

The Speak Up survey is open until 16 September 2021. Survey findings will be combined with other health data sources to form a comprehensive local health needs assessment for the North Coast NSW region.

You can find out more by visiting the Healthy North Coast webpage. You can also check out our previous fact sheets (produced after the 2018 Speak Up survey).

National survey on what aged care should deliver

National survey on what aged care should deliver

The Council of the Ageing (COTA), with Catalyst Research, is asking older Australians and those considering aged care: what are you looking for in an aged care home?

Putting choice and control of aged care in the hands of older people, is one of COTA Australia’s core values.

Older people are not all the same, and we do not all want the same aged care services. Nursing homes should all be high quality, but that does not mean they should all be the same.

Achieving this goal, the goal of ensuring every older Australian can have choice and control of aged care, means lobbying the government, but it also means informing the industry about the diversity of needs and aspirations.

If you need a nursing home, maybe today, maybe in the future, maybe for you, maybe for a parent… what will you be looking for? What makes one aged care facility more attractive than another?

COTA and Catalyst Research are asking those questions, and many more of current and future aged care consumers. If we do not tell aged care providers what we want, we are unlikely to get it, so please help us tell providers what they should be providing.

Please take 10 minutes and go to https://www.cota.org.au/cota-research-1/ and fill out the survey. Pass it around too – we are looking for 5,000 responses, so that we make sure to hear from people with lots of different preferences and needs.

We have campaigned for government and industry to listen more to Older Australians as they design aged care… now they are listening, let’s make sure to tell them.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission offers online workshops

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission offers online workshops

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission develops educational resources and runs workshops for aged care providers in home services and residential services. Due to the pandemic, it changed  workshops from face-to-face to online.

The commission has developed three online educational workshops which are now open for registration with dates available in September. New session dates will also be available over the coming months.

Since the start of July, the commission has run 15 workshops with almost 220 participants, and 99% of the participants who provided feedback indicated that they would recommend the workshops to others to complete. More information about these workshops and how to register is available on the Workshops page of the commission’s website.

Current workshops

Understanding the Quality Standards – information session

This online workshop introduces the Aged Care Quality Standards, by providing an overview of the Standards, relevant guidance material and helpful templates.

This information session has been redeveloped, based on the previous ‘Getting to know the Standards’ and ‘Preparing for the Standards’ workshops delivered by the Commission in 2019.

See full details of Understanding the Quality Standards >

Monitor and assess the performance of your service: aged care home services

This online workshop is designed to support providers of aged care home services in developing their knowledge, skills and practical understanding of monitoring and assessing their own performance, to ensure services are delivered in line with the Aged Care Quality Standards.

This workshop has been developed as a new, shortened and condensed version of the ‘Assessing the Standards’ workshops. There is significant overlap in content.

See full details of the aged care home services workshop >

Monitor and assess the performance of your service: aged care residential services

This online workshop is designed to support providers of aged care residential services in developing their knowledge, skills and practical understanding of monitoring and assessing their own performance, to ensure services are delivered in line with the Aged Care Quality Standards.

This workshop has been developed as a new, shortened and condensed version of the ‘Assessing the Standards’ workshops. There is significant overlap in content.

See full details of the aged care residential services workshop >


Case study shares the risk of financial abuse by family

Case study shares the risk of financial abuse by family

National Seniors wants to make older Australians aware of the responsibilities of guaranteeing a loan for a family member.

John was sympathetic to his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Sarah, who had experienced money trouble in the past yet wanted to purchase a property to live in.

John agreed to act as a guarantor for them, signing bank documents which made him responsible should they default on their loan.

David and Sarah separated four years later. They sold the home for less money than the amount owing on their mortgage. Responsibility then fell to John to cover the amount remaining on the loan. He sold his home in order to raise the $81,000 needed to repay the bank.

David made a verbal commitment to repay his father in installments of $250 each week.

When David started a new romantic relationship, he stopped making the repayments and cut off contact with his father.

The full story can be found here.


Expression of interest for Aboriginal healthy living and ageing reference group

Expression of interest for Aboriginal healthy living and ageing reference group

Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Do you want to be part of future planning for our older people and Elders?

We are looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners (GP, health worker/practitioner, nurses, allied health), representatives from residential aged care facilities and academics. We welcome dynamic, future-thinking people who want to be part of improving the journey of healthy living and ageing on the North Coast.

Be part of an extensive regional strategic planning exercise focused on achieving an intergenerational, community-driven approach to healthy ageing. Healthy North Coast will bring key stakeholders together to support:

• the aged care sector to transition towards the future and look at demands of the ageing population

• the population transition towards ensuring older people are engaged and connected to their community, no matter where they live or their health status

• better integration of services through reshaping how we contribute to healthy living and ageing across the life course.

You will be a member of a busy reference group providing advice and your lived experiences to guide the work of the strategy.

What to expect?

A commitment of 5–10 hrs per month from July 2021 – June 2022, with a possibility of extending into the implementation team. Remuneration is available for those working outside of their position scope or in a voluntary capacity.

Interested in having a yarn?

Contact Noell Burgess, Aboriginal Health Coordinator at: [email protected]

Before 30 August 2021