Dementia Action Week & Dementia in Australia Report

Dementia Action Week is underway, beginning on 20 September and running until 26 September. This week aims to raise awareness, lead discussion, and support people living with dementia as well as their carers.

In line with this week, the Dementia in Australia report was launched on 20 September by The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services & Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, CEO of the AIHW Rob Heferen, CEO of Dementia Australia Maree McCabe AM, and Dementia Advocate Natalie Ive. This in-depth report provides a range of statistics on prevalence, deaths and expenditure, the use of health and aged care services, and more.

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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Requirements for CHSP and NATSIFACP Providers  

Commencing on September 21, all Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP) home care providers are now required to keep records of workforce COID-19 vaccinations. From October 5, all CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers will also need to start mandatory, weekly reporting via My Aged Care Portal.

Factsheet – COVID-19 vaccination guide for in-home and community aged care providers

NSW Health Update

From September 13, some areas of NSW are no longer under stay-at-home orders. Residents in facilities not under stay-at-home orders may have two visitors per day, as long as they do not come from a stay-at-home area. Residents in stay-at-home orders can leave the facility to exercise, providing they stay within 1km, do not interact with others outside of the facility, wear a facemask (or carry exemption proof). Residents in facilities not under stay-at-home orders are permitted to leave the facility to attend small family gatherings, in line with current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Reporting of COVID-19 Positive Incidents for Service Providers

In light of the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, the DCJ is requesting that positive COVID-19 incidents be reported which involve clients or that impact on service delivery in your workplace, as soon as reasonably practicable to your DCJ contract manager. Reporting helps the DCJ to understand the impact of COVID-19 on services and allows them to better support your organisation where needed.

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Aged Care Workforce Census Report Released

The 2020 Aged Care Workforce Census Report is available now. The report gathers information about the aged care workforce in Australia and provides a benchmark for the Government and sector on the size and growth of the aged care workforce. Key findings from the report outlined increased in direct care workers in residential aged care facilities as well as facilities reporting having a registered nurse on duty overnight. Findings also mentioned that half of residential aged care workforce is aged under 40.

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Reminder: Requirement for Behaviour Support Plans in Residential Aged Care

Commencing 1 September, all residential aged care providers must now have Behaviour Support Plans (BSP) in place for care recipients. It will be included as part of a care recipient’s existing Care and Services Plan. Dementia Support Australia has resources on understanding and developing Behaviour Support Plans.

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Transitioning from ACFI to AN-ACC

The Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) will transition to the new Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model on 1 October 2022. In preparation for the AN-ACC transition, independent assessors are conducting ‘shadow assessments’ with all aged care residents. The Department of Health also wants to understand the impact that an AN-ACC model may have on outcomes and business, and providers are asked to acknowledge and factor in the differences between the ACFI and AN-ACC funding models.

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2019 and 2020 Wellness and Reablement Report Outcomes

In late 2020, the Department of Health invited Wellness and Reablement reporting via an online survey to CHSP providers across Australia. This survey measured progress towards embedding wellness and reablement practices into service delivery and identified any challenges experienced or areas of support needed. Some outcomes from the report included: 77 per cent of providers in 2019, and 83 percent in 2020, reporting that a wellness and reablement approach had resulted in clients developing new skills or capabilities. The report shows promise but the percentage of providers reporting the proportion of clients benefiting remain low, which suggests that further support is needed to embed wellness and reablement approaches into service delivery.

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