Information for the Aged Care Sector Newsletter Issue 2019/02

In this issue: Aged Care Diversity Framework action plans, My Aged Care resources, and more.

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Health sector

Aged Care Diversity Framework — action plans launched

The Hon Ken Wyatt, AM, MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, has launched action plans developed under the Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group developed the action plans to guide the aged care sector to deliver respectful, inclusive and culturally safe care for:

  • Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
  • Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, and Intersex elders
  • All diverse groups

Feedback from consumers, carers, providers and peak bodies has informed the plans.

To find out more about how the action plans can assist your service visit the department’s website.

End of Life Law for Clinicians training program now available

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) is a free national training program for clinicians and medical students about the law at end of life. Knowing this law can help clinicians better support patients and families, and manage legal issues.

The training includes ten 30-minute online modules on topics such as:

  • Withholding and withdrawing treatment
  • Advance Care Directives
  • Substitute decision-making
  • Providing palliative medication

ELLC is designed for doctors and medical students, and may also be of interest to nurses and allied health professionals. CPD points may be claimed. To access the online training, visit the ELLC website.

ELLC workshops will also be held across Australia in 2019. The program is available on the End of Life Law in Australia website.

ELLC is a National Palliative Care Project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, and developed by the Queensland University of Technology.

My Aged Care consumer resources

The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for you to share with consumers about how to get started with My Aged Care.

These resources include new case study videos for:

You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.

NATSIFAC Program — 2018–2019 Residential Expansion Round grant open

The 2018-19 Budget announced additional funding of $105.7 million to expand the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program over four years, starting in 2018–19.

The Residential Expansion Round grant opportunity is a competitive process to increase the number of residential places under the NATSIFAC Program in remote and very remote Australia (geographical locations defined as Modified Monash Model 6 and 7). Initial funding up to $60 million is available.

Visit the GrantConnect website for:

  • information about eligibility
  • application forms
  • guidelines
  • FAQs
  • contact details

Applications close 2.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 20 March 2019.

Call for submissions: Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

The department is calling for submissions in response to its discussion paper, Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care.

The call for submissions opened on 1 February 2019 and closes on 15 March 2019.

More information is available on the Consultation Hub.

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