From June, carers will gain stronger rights to request flexible work from employers. But our new Productivity Commission paper found carers still need greater support. Here’s how to have your say.
Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent in Away from Her (2006), based on Alice Munro’s short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain.
Love and intimacy are valuable for wellbeing at every age. But for older people, especially those in aged care, intimacy can be complicated. Carol Lefevre explores, through real life and fiction.
The decision to move a loved one with dementia into residential care is an incredibly difficult one. These considerations may help.
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f you have a look into the media coverage it would seem that it's not a problem at all. [But] COVID deaths are far greater than at any time in the last two to three years"
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We spent 312 hours observing 39 residents at six Australian aged care facilities to find out how and where they spend their time across the day.
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Australia needs an additional 35,000 aged care workers a year. While skilled migration can play a role, it’s unlikely to be enough to fix the immediate or long-term workforce shortages.
We studied 1,709 aged care homes over five years and found increases in the use of ‘agency’ staff impacted quality of care. Ahead of the federal jobs summit, the sector faces ongoing challenges.
Many people in nursing homes already suffer from isolation, neglect and lack of human engagement. They need the human touch – in person.
Australia should have been better prepared for the predictable winter COVID wave in aged care.
Australia’s utilitarian tradition of government – the greatest good for the greatest number – has a dark side: there are always those whose voices struggle to be heard and whose needs are overlooked.
Respite care needs to be understood as a service for the carer as much as for the older person they care for.
Health Minister Mark Butler warns COVID wave will worsen
Michelle Grattan speaks with Health Minister Mark Butler about Australia's new COVID crisis and striking a new response
While demand for subsidised services is high and rising, many parts of the system need improvement. The federal budget can’t solve these problems by placing the entire burden on taxpayers.
Only a fraction of aged care homes currently have staffing levels above the new minimum ratios that will be mandatory from next year.
Here’s how to go about raising issues with the relevant person or authority to improve aged-care standards for you or your loved one.
Aged care facilities and hospices can block access to voluntary assisted dying, despite it being legal in your state.
Younger people with dementia are more likely to experience quicker disease decline. But annual NDIS reviews don’t capture their changing needs.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Grattan Institute’s Danielle Wood on election’s thin policy debate
Michelle Grattan speaks with Danielle Wood, the CEO of the Grattan Institute, an independent think tank, where policy experts research and advocate for policies to improve Australians' lives.
When aged care residents are involved with mealtime jobs such as sorting cutlery and laying the table, they are treated like people not task lists.
Labor’s two-party lead has been cut back slightly, to 54-46%, and its primary vote has fallen in the post-budget Newspoll. But Anthony Albanese would have a strong win if the latest poll were reproduced at the election.