Aged Care Navigators
The Aged Care Navigators Trial is delivered as part of a consortium led by COTA Australia and funded by the Australian Government.
Information Hubs are designed to provide tailored information in a person’s local community. Aged care expert staff and trained volunteers will be available to support, educate and assist people by informing and linking them with suitable aged care services. They aim to help local people build their own knowledge by guiding them through the steps from information to assessment to receiving care.
There are 32 Information Hubs being tested in different locations around Australia during the trial.
Some of the activities being offered in the Information Hubs include:
- Community workshops and information sessions
- Assistance with filling in forms
- Contacting My Aged Care
- Providing fact sheets, handouts and other resources
- Outreach services to support those who can’t come into the centre Group support sessions
- Individual support sessions
More information is available at their website
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
The Australian Government has launched the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This comes after consultation with people with disability, their families and carers. These consultations helped to define the scope of the Royal Commission and confirm the Terms of Reference. Information on the Royal Commission including an easy read fact sheet can be found here.
The opportunity to make a submission will be available in the future and further information about the process will be available from the above website. To keep up-to-date on when submissions open, as well as other important information about the Commission, you can subscribe at this list.
Mental Health Coordinating Council – Reimagining the NDIS journey
People from CALD backgrounds living with a mental health condition, their family, carers, supporters, advocates and service providers are invited to take part in a co-design group. Participants are welcomed to attend alone or with a supporter. Each session will run for four hours, lunch and refreshments will be provided.Appropriate reimbursement will be provided to eligible consumer/carer participants. The first co-design group will occur in Parramatta on 23 May 2019.
To register your interest or if you have any questions please contact:
P: 02 9555 8388 (Ext 113)
Boosting the Local Care Workforce program
The “Boosting the Local Care Workforce” (BLCW) website, Demand Map and Transition Assistance Funding are now live.
The BLCW website provides tools and resources to assist providers to transition to and succeed in the NDIS.
The website includes:-
- The NDIS Demand Map, which provides estimates of participant, workforce and spend numbers by postcode
- Providers can complete a free Readiness Assessment, to measure their readiness to transition to the NDIS.
- Organisations and other stakeholders can contact BLCW Program Regional Coordinators Regional Coordinators can provide localised support, gather intelligence on local issues, assist providers to complete a Readiness Assessment and connect stakeholders with complementary programs and initiatives in the disability and aged care sectors.
Blue Mountains City Council Disability Study
Blue Mountains Council is conducting a study in the needs/experiences of people living with disability and or mental health issue. This study also includes the needs /experiences of family and carers.
An online survey is available here
Focus groups and one on one interviews will also be conducted.
Contact Prue Hardgrove, Aged and Disability Services Development Officer on 02 4780 5546 or Rhiannon Walker, BMCC Social Researcher at email@example.com
Minimising physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care
New regulatory requirements to minimise the inappropriate use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care homes. The Quality of Care Principles 2014 have been amended to reflect specific requirements that come into effect on 1 July 2019.
Only when providers have explored alternatives to restraint and satisfied a number of conditions, can either form of restraint be used. These conditions include:
- assessment by an approved health practitioner (for physical restraint)
- assessment by a medical or nurse practitioner who has prescribed the medication (for chemical restraint).
The changes complement the Aged Care Quality Standards which also apply from 1 July 2019.
More information about these arrangements can be found on the department’s website
National Volunteer Week (NVW)
National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. It will be celebrated from 20-26 May 2019 with the theme “Making a world of difference”
Events will be held across the nation to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. For more information about National Volunteer week visit the website.
Data Exchange News – Tips for reporting into the Data Exchange
Quality data is built on a strong foundation of data principles such as timeliness, reliability, accuracy and completeness.
If your organisation submits data on a regular basis you will be ensuring that your organisation is:
- meeting your grant agreement milestone and KPI requirements
- avoiding delays with the data being submitted on time to the Data Exchange as sometimes, increased traffic may result in slower than average performance uploads
- allowing enough time to not only check the quality of your data but afford you the time to fix your data if you have found errors in the upload or data entry.
If you use bulk upload or system-to-system transfer, it is you download the reference file data regularly and at least every 3 months, so that any changes to data codes in the Data Exchange are up to date in your system.
More information is available here
Consultation on Certificate III in Ageing Support Qualification
The Aged Services Industry Reference Committee is overseeing development of a new qualification – Certificate III in Ageing Support – to ensure that workers are equipped with the skills required to work effectively in the aged care sector and provide quality care to their clients.
National consultation on the core Units of Competency for this new qualification is open until Friday 24 May 2019. Consultation guidance material is available for download here
Further information about developing the Certificate III in Ageing Support, planned consultation activities and the process for providing feedback on the draft qualification can be found on the SkillsIQ website
Have your say – Home Care Packages Program Manual
The department is developing a Home Care Packages Program Manual (the Manual) for approved home care providers and consumers. This is in response to feedback from the sector about wanting to have one place to find information on the Home Care Packages Program.
The department has engaged KPMG to assist with the development of the Manual. KPMG has released a survey for providers here and a survey for consumers here, seeking views on the Manual. We encourage you to complete the survey and to distribute the links to others who may like to provide input.
The survey will be open until Friday 17 May 2019.