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Events

International Day of Older Persons – 1 October
This international day promotes awareness of the needs and challenges faced by many older people and the contribution older people can make to society if adequate guarantees are in place. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. 

See United Nations International Day of Older Persons website.

World Sight Day – 11 October
The day raises awareness about blindness and vision impairment. 

See Australia’s World Sight Day website.

World Osteoporosis Day – 20 October
For this year’s World Osteoporosis Day, Osteoporosis Australia is encouraging Australian men to make bone health a priority. According to Osteoporosis Australia, almost a quarter of all people with osteoporosis are men.

The disease affects over 1 million Australians. Fractures from the condition can lead to chronic pain, a loss of independence, disability and even premature death. 

See Osteoporosis Australia website.

NSW Carers Conference
The Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference‘Caring: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ on 11&12 October (Novotel, Olympic Park) provides an opportunity for delegates to explore best practice, innovation, policy, research and initiatives in carer support.

See Carers NSW website.

Research

Teaching dance to older people
Ausdance Victoria has released a new report on research into ‘the breadth and prevalence’ of dance programs delivered specifically for older people in Australia.

According to identified research, participation in ongoing dance programs can improve health outcomes, reduce the risk of dementia, improve balance, core strength and coordination leading to a reduction in falls, and increase social connectedness, mental health and well-being.

See Ausdance Victoria website. 

Announcements

Health warning on fruit
The Department of Health has issued advice to aged care services, following recent concerns about contaminants in fruit. The Department is urging all aged care approved providers and residents to exercise caution and cut up their fruit before consumption.

See the full Statement on Department of Health website.

Government funding boost to support quality care
The Government has announced funding for a range of measures to support quality in aged care.

This includes funding to support aged care providers in regional, rural and remote locations to improve, maintain and expand their infrastructure, and to support residential aged care providers and their staff to improve quality and standards of care across the sector.

The Government also announced funding support for the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission which will combine the functions of the Quality Agency, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and certain aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health.

A joint statement from Minister for Health The Hon. Greg Hunt MP and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP said the new commission will “police quality, boost specialist response teams for complaints, audits and compliance, and support consumers when failures occur.”

See the statement on Department of Health’s website.

New blueprint to grow professional aged care workforce
The Aged Care Workforce Taskforce’s A matter of care – a strategy for Australia’s aged care workforce, released this month, is designed to shift attitudes to ‘caring’ careers, and enhance older people’s quality of life.

According to a statement from Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, a proud and professional workforce is the foundation for quality aged care. Australia needs to triple aged care staff by 2050, which means making ‘caring’ a career of choice.

The report was informed by submissions from community and seniors organisations, families, aged care residents, health professionals, unions and aged care providers.

See the report on Department of Health’s website.