Aged care visitor restrictions in Greater Brisbane

Press Release: 14 March 2021 The Queensland government has announced a 72 hour lockdown for aged care facilities due to the recent locally transmitted COVID-19 case. Effective immediately, all non-essential visits to residential aged care facilities in Greater Brisbane are restricted. Greater Brisbane includes: City of Brisbane City of Ipswich Logan City Moreton Bay Region… Continue reading Aged care visitor restrictions in Greater Brisbane

Gardening Program has Aged Care Residents Growing their Dinner

A gardening project has aged care residents growing veggies and planning meals. Photo: Lifeview Aged Care

A gardening program in Lifeview aged care homes has residents cultivating veggies and planning their own menus. Each quarter, Lifeview chefs and gardeners collaborate with residents to plan seasonal menus and grow produce. The program, called ‘Planting with a Purpose’, involves residents in the whole process from germination to harvesting. Stephen Milsted, Hospitality Services Manager… Continue reading Gardening Program has Aged Care Residents Growing their Dinner

National review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs – online survey now open

Press Release: 02 March 2021 Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly have been commissioned by the Department of Health to undertake a national review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities. RACF managers (or equivalent) are invited to complete a short online survey about the facility’s preparation for and, if an outbreak… Continue reading National review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs – online survey now open

Update: Further information about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Press Release: 26 February 2021 Thank you for continuing to stay up to date with the latest information via this newsletter. This edition includes further information about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine including information on triaging and directing enquiries and guidance around staff eligibility. There is also information about resources including guidance for monitoring… Continue reading Update: Further information about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

ICP lead training deadline

The Department would like to thank all Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) leads in each residential aged care facility who are working hard to complete their coursework and assessments. The Department has received feedback that some IPC leads may be having difficulty to complete their studies by 28 February 2021. We would like to advise providers and IPC leads… Continue reading ICP lead training deadline

Request for tender now open: expanded funding for Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology for older Australians

Press Release: 24 February 2021 The Australian Government is committing funding of up to $10 million in 2020-21 and $10 million in 2021-22 to provide high quality, value for money and equitable access to Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology (GEAT) for older Australians. The department is supporting this commitment through an open request for tender… Continue reading Request for tender now open: expanded funding for Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology for older Australians

Food first in aged care: Dietitians speak in National Congress to prioritise this basic human right

Media Release : Wednesday 17 February 2021 Tackling malnutrition by elevating the importance of nutritious food for older Australians is Dietitians Australia’s key focus at tomorrow’s National Congress on Food, Nutrition, and the Dining Experience in Aged Care. Hosted by the Department of Health and the Maggie Beer Foundation, Robert Hunt, Dietitians Australia CEO and… Continue reading Food first in aged care: Dietitians speak in National Congress to prioritise this basic human right

Registered Training Organisation appointed for the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) shadow assessors

On 8 January 2021, the Australian Government announced its continued development of the possible replacement for the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model by appointing six organisations to provide the independent assessors for the shadow period. These assessors will assess all residents commencing 1 April 2021. It is expected… Continue reading Registered Training Organisation appointed for the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) shadow assessors

Data upload deadline for CHSP ‘grandfathered clients’ extended to 26 March 2021

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers now have an extra 8 weeks to upload and submit grandfathered client data into the My Aged Care provider portal. The new deadline is 11.59pm Friday 26 March 2021. Previously the portal was set to close on Friday 29 January 2021. By this date, you must: upload your grandfathered client data using the new data collection template… Continue reading Data upload deadline for CHSP ‘grandfathered clients’ extended to 26 March 2021

Aged Care Workforce Retention Payment – changed process to receive payment 3

Details about payment 3 of the Aged Care Workforce Retention (ACWR) program are being sent to existing grantees. The value of the third payment will be equal to the second payment, unless a variation to funding is requested. As the third payment was not part of the original grant agreement, there is a change to… Continue reading Aged Care Workforce Retention Payment – changed process to receive payment 3

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