Home care - news and stories

  • 1 March 2023 marked 2 years since the final report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was tabled in Parliament, a critical milestone in the journey to restoring dignity to older people in Australia.

    21 March 2023

  • Services Australia now provides Aged Care Specialist Officers in 80 service centres nationwide, ensuring older people have the support they need when making important decisions about aged care.

    14 March 2023

  • The Serious Incident Response Scheme is designed to protect your rights to be safe and receive quality care. You can also contact the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission directly with concerns regarding aged care incidents.

    14 March 2023

  • Sue McCann is passionate about making sure older people have choice and control over their aged care. With more than 40 years’ experience working in the aged care sector, Sue has valuable experience and insights to share as a member of the Council of Elders.

    14 March 2023

  • Do you provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend? Carers Australia wants to hear about your experiences to improve services and support to carers across Australia.

    14 March 2023

  • The Aged Care Council of Elders are ready for a big year as the voice for older people in the aged care reforms. Find out what they’ve been up to and plans for the year ahead.

    27 February 2023

  • The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is involved in improvements to the Aged Care Quality Standards. Revision of the Quality Standards was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

    15 February 2023

  • A new factsheet on food and dining is now available for people living in residential aged care, their family members and advocates.

    15 February 2023

  • During October and November this year, we consulted with a wide range of people from across the aged care sector on the review of the Aged Care Quality Standards. We received your feedback and will be sharing a consultation summary report in early 2023.

    21 December 2022

  • The department surveyed people in the aged care sector, to measure the level of awareness of the aged care reforms. Read more about the outcomes of this survey, and how we will use the findings to improve the way we communicate about the reforms.

    20 December 2022

  • Find out what the new Code of Conduct for Aged Care and the extension of the Serious Incident Response Scheme to in-home services may mean for you.

    16 December 2022

  • Boost your confidence using online tools and apps, and learn how to stay safe online, with free online courses for older Australians through the Be Connected initiative.

    14 December 2022

  • The Australian Government is committed to delivering a reformed in-home aged care program by 1 July 2024. If you currently receive support from Commonwealth-funded in-home aged care programs, learn what the new program will mean for you.

    13 December 2022

  • Consultations are now open for the National Dementia Action Plan. Have your say and help build a dementia-inclusive society.

    1 December 2022

  • We received detailed submissions on draft legislation for a new Code of Conduct for Aged Care. Here is what we heard through this process.

    24 November 2022

  • In August and September 2022, the Department of Health and Aged Care undertook workshops with a small number of people with lived experience of dementia, and people caring for people with dementia to inform the National Dementia Action Plan public consultation paper.

    16 November 2022

  • More than 140 stakeholders responded to the consultation paper and over 80 participated in a forum to help inform implementation of the Aged Care On-site Pharmacist measure.

    16 November 2022

  • We’re working to improve aged care for Australians. Here are some of the highlights from the last few months.

    8 November 2022

  • Val Fell is a fierce advocate for the rights of older Australians, and she can now add the Medal of the Order of Australia to her impressive list of accomplishments.

    8 November 2022

  • More than 135 people participated in consultations and co-design workshops to improve access to assistive technology and home modifications. Read a summary of these consultations.

    June to August 2022

  • Read the feedback provided by stakeholders from across the care and support sector that informed the development of the Code of Conduct for Aged Care.

    4 October 2022

  • Almost 4,000 people attended a webinar to hear about the reforms to in-home aged care, the proposed regulatory model, and the new Aged Care Act. Read about our next steps.

    30 September 2022

  • The Aged Care Quality Standards are being urgently reviewed in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. In May 2021 an independent evaluation of the Aged Care Quality Standards was undertaken.

    27 September 2022

  • My Aged Care in-person service rollout update

    14 September 2022

  • Masonic Care’s CEO Jackie Howard and GM Katie Cooley sat down with the Aged Care Communications team to talk about how business improvement funding transformed the experiences of residents and staff.

    23 December 2021

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