Healthcare location trackers keep tabs on young and old

By Julian Bajkowski Healthcare providers in the public and private sectors are increasingly looking to fit controversial tracking devices to people as well as equipment in an effort to improve patient and public safety while also boosting the productivity and availability of costly hospital assets. According to the country manager for Allied Telesis Australia, Scott […]

Aged care overhaul a ‘recipe for disaster’: MAV

By Angela Dorizas Victoria's peak local government body has joined with Premier John Brumby in resisting the Commonwealth overhaul of aged care, threatening a withdrawal of local government funding for the aged care sector if the reforms go ahead. Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Bill McArthur said the Prime Minister’s proposal reneged on a 2008 COAG […]

Aged care reforms are no panacea

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government's proposed takeover of aged care does not go far enough to address short and long term issues within the sector, industry experts have warned. Aged and Community Services Australia chief executive officer, Greg Mundy, said the reforms were a good starting point, but they did not address underlying problems […]

Commonwealth takeover of aged care

By Angela Dorizas Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a Commonwealth takeover of aged care policy and funding in the lead up to next week’s COAG meeting.   The Government will invest $739 million in the sector and take full responsibility for aged care, including home and community care, as part of its broader scheme […]

Victoria announces wellbeing checks for elderly

By Rob O'Brien Older Australians living in Victoria are to get health checks during the hot summer months, the State Government has announced.   More than 7,000 older Victorian public housing tenants living alone will be eligible for well-being checks to help them cope with this summer’s heat, Minister for Housing Richard Wynne announced. Mr […]


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