In a new book, former minister for ageing Mark Butler challenges common misconceptions on the ageing population – from how treasury reports on the economic ‘burden’ to the role of media. He speaks to AAA about changing minds, lobbying government and the need for leadership.
People & profiles
PROFILE: Acorn Network founder and managing director Samantha Bowen wants to promote aged care as a rewarding career path for young people.
PROFILE: Since successfully contesting the seat of Pearce at the last election, Christian Porter has moved swiftly through the government’s ranks, but his rise isn’t a surprise to those familiar with his political resume or his family history.
PROFILE: Recently appointed head of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Care Dr Bruce Stevens is excited about the growing interest in spirituality and pastoral care in ageing and aged care.
Think tank Per Capita has established a ‘do tank’, the Centre for Applied Policy in Positive Ageing, to turn promising proposals into functioning programs. Its executive director Emily Millane tells AAA how it will work.
This Melbourne aged care facility has seen complaints about medications fall from more than 10 per year to zero, combined with an 80 per cent reduction in concerns from family.
Achieving age diversity has been a long-standing challenge facing aged care boards. AAA profiles four professionals who are involved in a young leaders program in the sector and have some big ideas for aged care.
PROFILE: Aged care placement consultant Dana Sawyer helps arm consumers with independent information to make informed decisions about entering aged care.
Rae Lamb, a former journalist and deputy health and disability commissioner in New Zealand, is now in her second term as Australia’s Aged Care Commissioner. She tells AAA about her new determinative powers, best practice complaints handling and why providers should say sorry more often.
Australia’s only specialist palliative care nurse practitioner employed by an aged care provider, Peter Jenkin is making a significant contribution to his organisation.
Mental health issues are prominent and under-addressed in aged care and there needs to be more mental health professionals trained in treating older people, Professor Nancy Pachana tells AAA.
While research has been the tool of her trade for the past 40 years, Professor Barbara Horner tells Natasha Egan that it is the industry partnerships and the translation of that research into action that lights her fire.
The broad aged services sector needs to speak to government with a single voice that is consolidated, professional, clear on the mandates and represents providers and consumers, the CEO of a leading provider has said.
State Focus: With a shrinking workforce in the state, aged services in Tasmania are forced to compete with the health and disability sectors for staff, but as AAA discovers, stakeholders have decided their future lies in collaboration.