3 common barriers to the uptake of technology (and ideas for solving them)

| 22 Jan 2014

Despite a wide range of potential benefits, the uptake of information and digital technology across the broader aged care sector has been considerably slow off the mark. In this post, we take a closer look at three of the common challenges contributing to the sluggish uptake of technology within the sector, and share some ideas on ways providers can solve these issues.

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CDC: Key considerations for home care providers

| 19 Dec 2013

One of the most significant developments to come out of the Australian Government’s 10-year plan for aged care reforms has been the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC). In summary, CDC gives consumers greater control and flexibility over their own lives by allowing them to make choices about the types of care and services they receive.

While, CDC represents a progressive step forward in empowering the consumer, the detail of exactly how the program will operate in a practical sense also represents a fundamental change for many home care providers. Here, we explore some of those key considerations.

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Why training and development must be a priority for our aged care workforce

| 12 Dec 2013

The number of people aged between 65 and 84 years is expected to more than double by the year 2050 and eventually, over 3.5 million older Australians will come to rely on aged care services. A larger, well-trained and well-qualified aged care workforce will be needed to cope with the demands of the ageing population so now, more than ever, aged care organisations are encouraged to make their employees’ skills and career development a priority.

In this post, we explore how a greater focus on staff training and development is essential for improving recruitment and retention, as well as ensuring that people receive the best care and support.

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What will aged care look like under the Coalition Government?

| 05 Dec 2013

Senior executives from Melbourne’s aged care community have turned up in full force for Deloitte and iCareHealth’s first-ever aged care roundtable lunch, to discuss the implications of the 10-year plan for aged care reform ‘Living Longer Living Better’, under the Coalition Government. In this post, we review some of the key issues and concerns that were raised throughout the informative discussion.

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Why collaboration in aged care is essential for future success

| 02 Dec 2013

Throughout the month of October, our team travelled to all states in Australia to host the iCareHealth User Groups. The uptake was overwhelming, with more than 200 clients gathering to collaborate at this year’s user groups.

We believe there is a great opportunity for the aged care sector, industry and government to collaborate in order achieve a deeper understanding of the sector’s needs, articulate those requirements, and importantly, prepare to adapt to the changes that will redefine the aged care landscape.

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ACSA 2013: Working together to care for an ‘experienced’ community

| 28 Nov 2013

Speaking at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) National Conference in Melbourne earlier this month, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett delivered a convincing argument on how the industry must unite in preparing to support a growing “experienced” population. Here, we report on some of the key insights that were covered on this topic.

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mecwacare: Planning for a new aged care landscape – Part 1

| 20 Nov 2013

Economic, demographic, social and technological changes are set to redefine the aged care landscape. In response to these industry-wide changes, aged care providers will face greater challenges and pressure than ever before. We sat down with Michele Lewis, Chief Executive of mecwacare, who shared how her organisation is responding to these emerging challenges and developing strategies to overcome them.

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