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Call for better palliative care availability, many terminally ill patients die before receiving access

A GROUP of specialist Queensland doctors claim many terminally ill patients are dying before they receive access to palliative care. The claim was made in a submission to the Queensland Government inquiry into the adequacy of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and whether there was support for state laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. “Patients … at any time ... Read More »

Health workers across Australia ‘overworked and underpaid’ as Aged Care Royal Commission heats up

AUSTRALIA’S elderly suffer the indignity of poor care in an aged-care sector plagued by systemic problems, the royal commission into aged care has heard. Health Services Union president Gerard Hayes described how care workers across the country were overworked and underpaid, while there was a lack of funding and a lack of resources. “Because I think, to be quite honest, ... Read More »

Care options coming home for seniors living at home ahead of aged-care royal commission

ON the eve of the aged-care royal commission, the Federal Government announced funding boosts for home-care packages, and for vital building modifications to help seniors stay living independently at home. An additional 5000 level-three and 5000 level-four home-care packages will be allocated by mid-year, providing funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home ... Read More »

Royal Commission into Aged Care begins, reports of neglect, abuse, and drugs pour in

SOME of Australia’s largest aged-care providers have submitted tens of thousands of incident reports of abuse, neglect and poor care to the royal commission into the quality and safety of aged care that opened on Friday (January 18). Amongst the flood of information received by the commission is evidence that some elderly nursing home residents have been doped for years ... Read More »

Aged care advocates calling for royal commission to have broad scope

LEADING advocates for Australia’s ageing population have urged that the Royal Commission into aged care should have powers to examine beyond shocking cases of abuse and neglect highlighted in recent media reports. The Brisbane-based chairman of the Global Ageing Network (GAN) Marcus Riley said a royal commission should broaden its scope to examine connected issues in social policy, the legal ... Read More »

Port Macquarie backs Bale Out for farmers

Fr Paul Gooley with Port Macquarie aged care residents

DROUGHT has struck at the heart of many farming communities and families throughout western NSW, and Port Macquarie parish priest Fr Paul Gooley decided to do something about it. Fr Gooley launched the Bale Out appeal in early July and it was embraced enthusiastically by the parish and the Port Macquarie community. It has spread throughout the Lismore diocese with ... Read More »

Euthanasia debate to take place in Queensland after vote on abortion bill

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QUEENSLAND Labor has signalled a parliamentary push to legalise abortion will be followed with an inquiry into end-of-life issues, including euthanasia. With debate on the State Government’s abortion bill expected next month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed to the state Labor conference plans for an inquiry to consider all aspects of end-of-life care, including voluntary assisted dying. “Following the vote on ... Read More »

BallyCara CEO Marcus Riley tells UN to stop elderly discrimination

Marcus Riley addressing the UN

  BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley told a United Nation’s forum in New York that access to quality long term care and palliative care were crucial to the global ageing society, and urged the elimination of elderly discrimination and neglect. Mr Riley, chief executive officer of BallyCara that provides retirement living, residential aged care and community care in south-east Queensland, is also ... Read More »

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