Tag Archives: aged care

Why are we waiting in queue for home care?

Immediate action is needed to reduce the waiting times for Australians approved for home care packages, according to Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Acting CEO Dr Linc Thurecht. “Australians who have been assessed as needing aged care services should not be left waiting in a queue,” he said. “We …

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Meds safety: PSA wants more done

While commending federal, state and territory health ministers for making medicine safety the 10th National Health Priority Area, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says more is needed. PSA National President Associate Professor Chris Freeman this week responded to two government announcements related to medicine safety and, while acknowledging their broad …

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Antimicrobial use up amid resistance fears

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare in Australia, yet data released this week shows prescription rates in aged care facilities are on the rise. In addition, residents and care staff receive limited support to ensure that these medicines are being used effectively. The 2018 Aged Care …

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Pharmacists keen to solve age-old issue

Avoidable medication errors are causing the hospitalisation of more than 100 aged care residents every day in Australia, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. PSA President Associate Professor Chris Freeman says expanding the role of pharmacists in the provision of healthcare for vulnerable older Australians would offer protection from …

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Planning to take care

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, ‘Making a world of difference’, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the nationwide impact of its “small but mighty” volunteer team of 12. As the national authority on advance care planning, ACPA has empowered thousands of Australians to plan …

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Health group’s action call

“Whoever is elected to the next parliament, whether to government, opposition or crossbenches, please consider health in any decisions that you make,” says Alison Verhoeven, CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). In a media statement released this week, Ms Verhoeven outlines how a person’s health and wellbeing …

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Guild’s budget breakdown

In the federal budget edition of Forefront, the Pharmacy Guild has welcomed confirmation that the government, if re-elected, will provide $245 million over five years to improve consumer access to medicines and support community pharmacies. The funding includes: $215 million over three years from 2020-21 to provide additional remuneration to …

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