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Therapy Dog Awareness Month

September is Therapy Dog Awareness Month, this years theme is "Let's Paws the Pressure this September".  The Paws the Pressure is a program that is offering organisations and workplaces the opportunity to have a visit from the delta therapy dogs. Research...

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Parliament clear aged care reform bill

On Monday evening members of Parliament passed the Aged Care Reform Bill 2018, this legislation establishes new quality standards applying to all 2,700 aged care providers and 366,000 staff in Australia, The passing of this bill is a welcome change to aged care...

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Tai Chi and Yoga Improving Quality Of Life In Aged Care

According to Auckland University of Technology research, the quality of life of aged care residents is enhanced through implementing modified tai chi and yoga programs. The research, conducted in a 108-bed aged care facility in Newcastle, NSW, involved 16...

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AHP Running For Charbel

Meet Charbel! Charbel suffers from Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS is a a rare neurological disorder which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system—the network of nerves located outside of the brain...

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Tackling Chronic Pain

Chronic pain continues to be a major issue for our elderly population. While new research is providing better insight into the physiology of pain and its treatment, pain remains a very personal and often misunderstood experience. According to Pain Australia, up to 80%...

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Job Seekers…We hear you!

Ask any group of current job seekers about their experiences and you’re likely to hear some tales of disappointment. Even highly skilled professionals are reporting that their search for a new role has been punctuated with road blocks and stumbles. Sure, the market is...

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It’s Getting Serious.. Let’s Talk About Infection Control

It was only seventy years ago that we started winning the fight against infections. Antibiotics have played a pivotal role in human health and the control of infectious disease but this has come at a cost. Many organisms are becoming increasingly resistant to standard...

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Who’s Watching The Watchdog?

The Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has announced an independent review to find out why aged care quality regulators failed to identify the extent of mistreatment of residents at the South Australian Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service. This comes as...

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We need to talk…

Australians are typically reluctant to discuss dying. it’s almost a cultural taboo. As a community, we struggle to talk about death. We prefer euphemisms such as “passed on” and “resting in peace” over direct speech and we tend to focus more on hopes for the next...

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Speech Pathologists aren’t hard to swallow

Still looking for ways to provide the best possible care to your residents and stand out from the crowd? Ever thought of engaging a speech pathologist’s expertise for something other than a reactive response to dysphagia? Truth is, that seems to be about the only time...

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Of course we have a Physio onsite!

You’ve probably already noticed that prospective clients are better informed and more discerning than ever before. The plethora of information that’s now available to aged care consumers means there’s much more to securing that next admission than simply having an...

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There’s Nothing More Expensive Than A Missed Opportunity

It’s easy to believe the sky is falling! With ACFI’s shifting goal posts, legislative uncertainty and budgetary Armageddon, it’s no wonder the aged care sector is feeling nervous. Perhaps it’s time for some perspective? The prospect of change is ever-present: always...

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