Documentation in Aged Care

As providers of aged care you know that comprehensive, contemporaneous, and accurate documentation is the fundamental key which enables you to evidence the quality care that you provide and to demonstrate compliance with your obligations under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth). Following the announcement of the Terms of Reference, and as expected the Commission […]

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What is missing in the Draft Single Charter of Aged Care Rights?

The draft ‘Charter of Aged Care Rights Consultation Paper’ outlines the basis for the development of a single Charter of Aged Care Rights. Once finalised the Charter will be part of the legislative framework that governs the aged care industry. A copy of the Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights can be accessed here. What […]

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Royal Commission to be established to look at Australia’s aged care sector – what might providers expect?

In a joint statement with the Health Minister Greg Hunt and the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the Government has made a decision to establish a Royal Commission into the Aged Care Sector. The announcement recognised that there are ‘thousands of extraordinary operators, facilities, care providers, nursing and other […]

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Are you ready to support clients to plan ahead for their end of life care?

Advance Care Planning Advanced Care Directives (ACD) when considered in the broader context of advanced care planning allow people to plan ahead and document their preferences regarding their end of life care, to live well and to die well with dignity in accordance with their values and preferences. Advance care planning has benefits for the […]

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No Jab, No Play requirements tightened

The Victorian Government has tightened the “No Jab, No Play” laws by banning early childhood services from accepting letters from doctors excusing children from immunisations. Since 1 January 2016, early childhood services have been required to obtain evidence of a child’s immunisation history, as part of the Victorian government’s no jab, no play policy. Specifically, […]

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Unannounced re-accreditation visits, reports and responses

What has changed? Following the release of the independent review of the National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes on 25 October 2017, the Minister announced that the Government would be replacing the announced re-accreditation audits with unannounced audits. Who do the changes apply to? The changes apply to residential aged care services applying for re-accreditation […]

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Federal Court determines that Asset Replacement Charges and Capital Refurbishment Fees are prohibited under the Aged Care Act 1997

The recent Federal Court decision of Regis Aged Care Pty Ltd v Secretary, Department of Health [2018] FCA 177 (Regis Case) examined whether capital refurbishment fees could be lawfully charged without breaching a providers’ obligations under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act). Background Since 1 May 2016 all residents entering Regis aged care facilities […]

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 passed though the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 29 November 2017. The law will go through an 18 month period of implementation before individuals can request access to voluntary assisted dying. However now is the time to start to consider how this legislation will impact on your organisation as a […]

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Report on the review of the National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Process – What does it recommend and what may it mean for aged care providers?

The National Aged Care Quality Regulatory process underwent a review which examined Australia’s current aged care regulatory system against best practice regulatory principles and included an international comparison of how Australia’s aged care regulatory system is performing. The Report concluded that the Australian system, whilst complex, it aligned well with some of the best practice […]

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Data Breaches by Aged Care Providers – Complying With The Mandatory Data Breach Scheme

Aged care providers will be subject to the Notifiable Data Breach scheme which requires organisations, including residential and home care providers, to mandatorily report eligible data breaches to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner begins on 22 February 2018. An eligible data breach will occur if: there is unauthorised access to, unauthorised disclosure of, […]

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Are you ready for changes to the National Quality Framework?

From 1 October 2017 changes to the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations (as implemented across Australia) will take effect in all States and Territories, except in Western Australia where the changes will take effect from 1 October 2018. A revised National Quality Standard will also take effect in all jurisdictions from 1 […]

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Increase in preventable deaths in aged care

A study conducted by Monash University and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine has revealed an alarming rise in the number of premature and potentially preventable deaths occurring in Australian nursing homes over the past decade.1 The study The study, led by Professor Joseph Ibrahim, head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit at […]

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