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Aged care: discourse, language and power

28 Nov, 2018
Aged care is currently undergoing major changes following the Federal Government’s…

Aged care and 'unrealistic expectations'

11 Nov, 2018
A number of articles and presentations suggest that family members have "unrealistic…

An industry led taskforce to solve the staffing problem

04 Oct, 2018
Intense criticism about staffing led to the 2016 Aged Care Workforce Inquiry which…

It's time to clear the air on aged care

04 Sep, 2018
After 21 years of opacity about staffing and care, the aged-care community and workforce…

Your Say

Residents have a right to feel safe in their homes

In light of ABC’s recent coverage and focus on aged care, the broadcaster is now asking…

How we can ensure the Oakden report is a watershed moment for the aged care industry 1

“Oakden: A shameful chapter in South Australia’s history”It has again emerged that…

Dear Santa 1

Dear Santa,Mum has asked me to write to you this Christmas. As you know from her past…

I'm sorry 'Mary' I could not help you 1

This is in memory of "Mary". I am sorry I could not do much to help you. You and your…

Aged care - the sales pitch

15 Nov, 2016
The following piece was written by an aged care worker with nursing home experience in…

The Village. (Don't mess with old people)

21 Feb, 2016
This is a story about a 'David and Goliath' battle between a group of elderly people…

Legal Issues Column

A legal perspective on the proposed single Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights
Legal Issues Column Aged Care Crisis 10 Sep, 2018

A legal perspective on the proposed single Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has announced a public consultation on a draft Charter of Aged Care Rights, which both the person entering care and provider will be expected to sign. However, there are a significant number of…

An alternative to the resolution of aged care disputes 2

31 Jan, 2013 Rodney Lewis
complainer or consumer claimer?
Although significant resources are devoted to dealing with complaints by residents and…

Why don't we just live in your house, son?

21 Apr, 2010 Rodney Lewis
Legal - granny flat cases
A short review of some 'granny flat' cases. In each of the real examples that follow it…

Can I please see Mum's file and records? 1

28 Sep, 2009 Rodney Lewis
nursing home records
Simple question needing a simple answer, yes? Well, actually no. At least, not when it…

The Column

Resident Committees
The Column Aged Care Crisis 29 Jan, 2018

Resident Committees 2

Just the other day a friend drew my attention to the comment below. It is dated January 2018 and is a response to an article in Australian Ageing Agenda (written in November 2015) re one of the many reviews into aged care. It refers to the need for higher…

No mandated staff/resident ratios, no transparency, no research 1

10 Jun, 2015 Aged Care Crisis
No mandated staff/resident ratios, no transparency, no research
People are usually stunned to learn that there are no set staff/resident ratios in aged-care homes. They simply assume that frail older people in care will be treated like other…

All residents of aged-care homes need protection

30 May, 2015 Aged Care Crisis
Imagine waking from deep sleep to see a stranger’s face staring right down at you
Imagine waking from deep sleep to see a stranger’s face staring right down at you. Then imagine that someone enters your private space many times a week and that you are 96 years…

Dreading aged care 1

10 Apr, 2015 The Columnist
Dreading aged care
Last week the federal government finally got around to announcing its long-promised, aged-care reform agenda. Yet the stunning thing about the announcement was not the package…