Your Elder Care Update Issue 23, 2022


Date published:

October 18, 2022

Targeted audience:

Health sector

Quality standards for care for the elderly: public consultation is now open

The consultation on the revised Quality Standards for Elderly Care is now open until November 25, 2022.

The department is carrying out an urgent review of quality standards for care for the elderly, as recommended by the Royal Commission, and is seeking feedback on a revised version of the standards.

The quality standards provide a common understanding of what is expected of elderly care and are a valuable resource for older Australians, their families, providers and staff.

Learn about the revised quality standards, join online discussion groups, or take the survey on the Aging and Aged Care Engagement Hub.

HCP Program Assurance Community of Practice: Live Chat Session

The next live chat session for the Home Care Packages (HCP) Insurance Community of Practice will take place at 2-3 p.m. AEDT on Thursday, October 20.

This month, staff from the Program Assurance Branch department will be online to answer your questions about price transparency. Join us to discuss:

  • the current review of price transparency assurance
  • supplier’s obligations in terms of price transparency.

All approved HCP vendors are welcome to attend. For those who are not yet members, register for the HCP Program Assurance community of practice.

For help registering, email HCPProviderEducation [at] health.gov.au

Webinar: Technical Discussion on Digital Transformation

The department’s digital transformation program aims to create a better connected, consolidated, sustainable, automated and modern aged care network.

Join us for our next Digital Transformation Tech Talk webinar at 2-3:30 p.m. AEST on Tuesday, October 25.

Find out why we are undertaking this important work as we explore some of the immediate transformation priorities. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and available on the department’s website.

Register for the Digital Transformation Tech Talk webinar.

Discussion Paper: Elderly Home Care

A new discussion paper on the Elderly Home Care Program is now available, and the ministry is seeking your feedback through a written submission.

The ministry will also hold consultation sessions on the discussion paper throughout November. If you would like to join a session, please email HAS implemented [at] health.gov.au by Friday, November 4, and note your preference for attending the industry sessions or the sessions for older Australians and their carers.

For more information on this discussion paper or to view other consultation opportunities, please visit the Aged Care Engagement Hub.

Webinar: Living with significant health issues – a life story perspective

Join the Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older People for their next free aging webinar at 4:45-6:00 p.m. AEDT on Friday, October 28.

This webinar is for people employed in elder care, as well as psychologists, social workers, counselors and volunteers who work with older people.

Professor Emeritus of English Richard Freadman describes the role stories play in shaping our experience of illness. Professor Freadman will discuss how writing about illness and exploring one’s experience of illness with others can be therapeutic.

Get more information and register for the webinar.

Reminder: possibility of subsidy for the national electronic table of residential medications

The first round of the Electronic National Residential Medication Chart (eNRMC) Adoption Grant Opportunity is now open. Residential Aged Care Services, Multipurpose Services and National Flexible Aged Care Providers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may be eligible for up to $22,000.

The grant opportunity is designed to help offset costs associated with implementing an eNRMC product, such as software and hardware costs, change management processes, and staff training.

First-round grant applications close at 2 p.m. AEDT, Thursday March 30, 2023.

For more information on the eNRMC grant opportunity, please see GO5666: GrantConnect (grants.gov.au)

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