COVID-19 Vaccination to become mandatory for Residential aged care workers

Press Release: Wednesday 30 June 2021 On Monday, National Cabinet agreed that the COVID-19 vaccination of residential aged care workers will become mandatory by mid-September 2021. Residential aged care workers must have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this time. The requirement will be a condition of working in an… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccination to become mandatory for Residential aged care workers

Nikki Dhawan is LASA Retirement Village Manager of the Year for 2021

Press Release : 10 June 2021 Nikki Dhawan of Western Australia has been named Leading Age Services Australia’s (LASA)Retirement Village Manager of the Year for 2021, sponsored by Mullins Lawyers. Congratulations from LASA to Nikki who manages Bethanie Warwick and Joondanna retirement villages in WA – who was chosen from four finalists. Nikki was praised… Continue reading Nikki Dhawan is LASA Retirement Village Manager of the Year for 2021

REMINDER: All providers strongly encouraged to report now on workforce COVID‑19 vaccination status

On 4 June 2021, the Australian Government announced the introduction of a new reporting tool for all approved providers of residential, in-home and community aged care services to report on the COVID-19 vaccination status of their aged care workforce. All approved providers of aged care services are strongly encouraged to start reporting now. Weekly reporting of… Continue reading REMINDER: All providers strongly encouraged to report now on workforce COVID‑19 vaccination status

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update

Press Release: Monday 7 June 2021 In this edition Single site arrangements for COVID-19 impacted areas of Greater Melbourne extended to 24 June 2021 New reporting requirements on aged care workforce COVID-19 vaccination – updated information SA – Priority vaccinations for RACFs workers ACT – Updated advice NSW – Updated advice Single site arrangements for… Continue reading Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update

Focus on COVID-19 vaccination in aged care

Press Release: 4 June 2021 Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, is calling on all governments to work with the sector to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in aged care. LASA CEO Sean Rooney said today’s National Cabinet decision not to mandate vaccination of aged care workers at this point… Continue reading Focus on COVID-19 vaccination in aged care

Collecting and reporting data on the COVID‑19 vaccination status of aged care workforce

Press Release: 4 June 2021 Vaccination is the most effective protection against COVID-19. The Australian Immunisation Register records everyone’s vaccination history. But it does not include information about the individual’s job or employer. Collecting and reporting data on the vaccination status of aged care workers is an important measure to provide greater health security for… Continue reading Collecting and reporting data on the COVID‑19 vaccination status of aged care workforce

Strengthened restrictive practice requirements for residential aged care facilities

Press Release: 4 June 2021 From 1 July 2021, aged care providers must comply with strengthened legislative obligations for the use of restrictive practices. The Aged Care and Other Legislative Amendment (Royal Commission Response No.1) Bill 2021 was introduced into Parliament on 27 May 2021, and makes changes to current aged care legislation. The Quality of Care… Continue reading Strengthened restrictive practice requirements for residential aged care facilities

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update

Press Release: 4th June 2021 In this edition Victorian aged care COVID-19 zoning and wayfinding advice NSW: Updated advice for residential aged care facilities and home care services ACT: Updated advice for high risk settings Grief and trauma support for the aged care sector Victorian aged care COVID-19 zoning and wayfinding advice Reminder: the Victorian… Continue reading Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update

Expression of Interest: CHSP, HCP, STRC or residential aged care providers

Press Release: Thursday 3 June 2021 The Department of Health is seeking an additional 40 in-home aged care providers (CHSP, HCP, STRC) and five residential aged care providers to participate in a data study that will shape the development of the new support at home program. In November 2019, the Australian Government announced its intention to… Continue reading Expression of Interest: CHSP, HCP, STRC or residential aged care providers

Protecting older Australians- COVID-19 Update

Press Release: 27 May 2021 Administration of seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines Providers are asked to urgently review this letter from the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly providing the strong recommendation that residents and staff in residential aged care settings be vaccinated as quickly as possible against COVID-19, and advice provided by the Australian… Continue reading Protecting older Australians- COVID-19 Update