Sunday, 29 June 2008 22:46 |
Elder law in Australia
Aged Care Advocacy Groups
- Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association of NSW Inc (CPSA)
CPSA was founded in 1931 in response to pension cuts. CPSA is a non-profit, non-party-political membership association which serves pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. The aim of CPSA is to improve the standard of living and well-being of its members and constituents. CPSA State Office provides information, support, advice and referral on all issues which affect pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA is also funded to provide a range of specialised services. CPSA energetically pursues its goals by: informing governments, local councils and parliamentarians; informing pensioners, superannuants, low income retirees and the public; providing a consumer voice on committees; and providing community and low cost social activities through its branches in NSW.
* Aged Care Crisis comments: An energetic and outspoken group, we have had excellent feedback about CPSA.
Senior's Community Groups
- www.silverpeers.com is the brainchild of 68-year-old Forest Lake resident Hans Hagen, who developed the site three years ago to introduce and educate the elderly about computers and the internet. The site has a forum where members can play word and online games, write poetry and chat with each other. It's been credited with advocating current medical research that shows "use it or lose it" is the way to keep the brain healthy in advancing years.
- Bedsores: Wound Awareness Campaign: The Elephant in the Room
The predominant wounds amongst older people are skin tears, pressure ulcers and venous ulcers – the healing and treatment of which can last for many years and cost many thousands of dollars. These wounds cause significant suffering, loss of independence and changes in lifestyle for tens of thousands of Australians – older and younger.
A lack of funds and resources within the community and aged care sectors therefore leads to increased illness resulting in unnecessary hospitalisation. In turn hospitalisation adds to the growing pressures on an already overburdened health care sector and a vicious cycle develops. And all of this happens if the person is lucky enough to survive – something which many elderly people do not if they cannot afford the right treatment themselves. "…over 60,000 older Australians in RACF's alone have a wound..."
- Continence: Continence Foundation of Australia
- Dementia: Alzheimer's Australia
Alzheimer's Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the 500,000 Australians living with dementia.
- Dementia: EADTSC - Dementia Education Online
University of Wollongong - "Dementia Education Online" was developed by the Eastern Australia Dementia Training & Study Centre with funding from the Australian Government as part of the "Dementia: A National Health Priority" initiative.
- Dementia: MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
- Dysphagia: The Pero Clinic
- treats people with feeding and swallowing problems, dysphagia education and dysphagia research
- Falls: Falls and Balance Research Group (FBRG)
The FBRG is situated at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney, Australia. The FBRG conducts research into understanding human balance, fall risk factors and strategies for prevention of falls in older people. The FBRG is directed by Professor Stephen Lord.
- Incontinence: Bladder & Bowel Website - Department of Health and Ageing
Information & advice on the prevention & management of bladder control & bowel problems. An initiative of the National Continence Management Strategy.
- Incontinence: Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA)
The Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) is the national peak body for continence management, promotion and advocacy. A not-for-profit organisation, the CFA has branches or representatives in each State and Territory and established Continence Resource Centres in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
- Palliative Care: CareSearch - Palliative care knowledge network
CareSearch is an online resource of palliative care information and evidence. CareSearch is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Palliative Care Program.
- Palliative Care: Palliative Care Australia
Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care
- Physiotherapy: Residential Aged Care Facilities: Physiotherapy for Older Australians
Provision of physiotherapy services to residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) is a key issue in Australia's healthcare debate.
- Barriers to implementing "restraint free care" policies
National Ageing Research.
- My Elder Advocate
The meeting place for elder care concerns
- All in the mind - life and beyond through the mind's eye
Natasha Mitchell is an Australian science/health journalist, radio host and producer. She presents a weekly program called All in the Mind.
- Seniors World Chronicle
Digest of world reports on seniors
- Health and Nursing Issues Australia
Clearing house for health, nursing and aged care issues in Australia. Along with help for those studying to become a Health Professional
- Nursing home abuse blog
- Legal Medicine blogspot
- Mary's weekly journal
"...I was diagnosed in December of 2005 with early onset alzheimers. In September of 2006 the diagnosis was changed to the language presentation of frontaltemporal dementia..."
- Same Faeces, different bottom
"The Diary Of A Disaffected Aged Care Employee"
- Time Goes By
What it's really like to get older
- My Elder Advocate
- The Nursing Home Administrator
One nursing home's administrator's take on the industry...
- Culture Change in Practice
Tools for Changing Nursing Homes with Person-Centered Care.
- Hospice and Nursing Homes
Frances Shani Parker, author of "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes," writes this blog. Topics include news, practices and insights related to hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, caregiving, death and seniors in America. Research, images and videos are used often. The hospice philosophy supports quality end-of-life care.
- Nursing Home Law Blog
Overseas link - Information realted to nursing homes and the care that they provide.