Sector Development

Ageing and Disability

Strengthening our Community Services Sector

Social Futures provides a range of services to support the Community Services Sector. We provide training for carers of people living with dementia and education programs to help improve the delivery of aged care services within our region. We also produce the monthly Ageing and Disability Digest with a wealth of knowledge about the news, services, programs, grants and assistance available within the sector.

Dementia Care Education Project

People diagnosed with dementia are specified as a special needs group in the Commonwealth HACC Program’s population target group.  Under this program carers are also provided with services to assist them in their caring role.  The Dementia Care Education Service Education and Training develops and delivers, in consultation and collaboration with service providers, information and education sessions to carers of people with dementia who reside within the Northern Rivers to reduce early or unnecessary admission into residential care.

Ageing and Disability Sector Support Project

The Social Futures Ageing and Disability Sector Support Project works collaboratively with the community service sector to build a strong cohesive community care system. It aims to improve the capacity of the Aged and Disability Services Sector to deliver quality services that respond to client needs.

Ageing and Disability Sector Support provides support to build the capacity and competency of the Commonwealth Home Support Program’s funded service providers to deliver Basic Maintenance, Support and Care Services through relevant and effective education and training and individual service support. Those services are provided timely and relevant information, advice and guidance on sectoral management, service system reforms and, where relevant, broader social policy issues. Initiate and promote co-operative collaborations and partnerships that facilitate the ongoing development of organisations funded under the Commonwealth HACC Program to be more efficient, effective, integrated and outcomes-focussed.

Resources for Community Aged Care providers
  1. CHSP Service Providers must deliver their first report Wellness and Reablement Report by 31 October 2018. For guidelines see Chapter 2 of the CHSP Program Manual 2018.
  2. CHSP funding arrangements are being extended for up to two years from 1 July 2018. Extensions are being offered to existing CHSP service providers at existing funding levels. View the related webinar at https://livestream.education.gov.au/health/24may2018/
  3. Since 1 May 2018 legislation requires Australian Government-subsidised residential aged care providers to implement a flu vaccination program
  4. Visit https://livestream.education.gov.au/health/5June2018/ to view the 5June webinar update on My Aged Care operations. It includes among others, information for service providers and the assessment workforce on: aged care measures in the 2018-19 budget; and changes resulting from the National Screening and Assessment Form review.
  5. From 1 July 2018, the Department of Health will undertake an internal audit of up to 10 per cent of CHSP service provider’s service delivery data on My Aged Care and the Data Exchange. The audit aims to review CHSP client pathways and determine whether services delivered are assisting clients to meet their independence and wellness goals.
  6. Can aged care clients receive CHSP services while on a Home Care Package (HCP)?
    To understand the differences between the programs and the circumstances under which a HCP client can access CHSP services, see the Department of Health’s Fact Sheet.
  7. After public consultation and testing, the Department of Health has released the Final draft Aged Care Quality Standards by service type. Transition to the Standards is expected from 1 July 2018, with assessment against the Standards from 1 July 2019. Providers will have a 12 month transition period to align their operations to the new standards but during which they will continue to be assessed against the current applicable standards.
  8. For an update on Aged Care quality reforms, a Department of Health webinar (and recording) is available from June 15. Content includes among other matters the Single Quality Framework and quality related announcements from the 2018-19 Budget.
  9. The Department of Health has added two new high-dose vaccines – Fluzone High-Dose and Fluad – for over-65s to the National Immunisation Program. See https://ncphn.org.au/archives/news/facts-on-the-new-flu-vaccines
  10. In August 2018, enhancements to the Data Exchange (DEX) system will come into effect. The new voluntary fields will record additional information on service delivery, service settings and attendance profiles. View the webinar to learn more about the changes.
  11. Blueknot foundation’s Talking About Trauma report calls on health and other service providers to build their capacity to talk about trauma in the non-clinical sense and play a role in supporting recovery from trauma.
  12. The Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Recovery Oriented Language Guide – 2nd edition is now available to help organisations providing recovery oriented and trauma-informed services to people affected by mental/emotional distress.
  13. Network MindOUT is a community of practice for those working with mental health and suicide prevention in the LGBTI Health Sector.
  14. NSW has an Interagency Policy of 2015: Preventing and responding to abuse of older people, requiring all government, non-government, community agencies and organisations to ensure their staff are aware and trained about elder abuse. The Model policy can be a useful guide for organisations implementing a policy.
  15. The Elder Abuse Helpline: 1800 628 221 and website elderabusehelpline.com.au/ is a free NSW government service for advice on elder abuse. Useful resources it provides include the Elder Wellbeing Checklist and Elder Abuse Toolkit.
  16. The Red Cross provides free telephone-based social support services to older people in the Northern Rivers region. Telecross provides daily telephone call to check on a person’s wellbeing and Telechat is a social chat service. To access the service or to volunteer, call Bernadette Daley (Telecross) on 0429 305 692 or Julie Davis (Telechat) on 0417 655 470.
  17. The North Coast Primary Health Network has released free Dementia Toolkits to support people with dementia, their families and carers. They are available for Tweed, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Clarence Valley and Hastings Macleay.
  18. The CHSP flexibility provision (See Chapter 6 of the CHSP Program Manual 2018) allows service providers to deliver the services they are funded for and comply with their CHSP Grant agreement contract whilst also responding to short-term changes in the demand for services.
  19. A Telehealth program running at Grafton Base Hospital aims to reduce hospital admissions and improve care for older people in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs).
Better Chances Forum

Better Chances Forum

The Better Chances Forum was held at Lennox Head Community and Cultural Centre on 15 September 2016. The forum focused on prevention and early intervention, and working together to support better chances for children and young people in the Northern Rivers. It was hosted by the Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration (previously known as the Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan Implementation Group) and the Far North Coast Family Referral Service (FRS). 180 people attended including workers from community, health, education and government organisations across the Northern Rivers.

The Better Chances Forum Steering Group

The Better Chances Forum Steering Group is now developing a work plan to help shape our collective work on improving outcomes for children and young people in Northern Rivers.

If you would like to stay informed or get involved in this work please contact [email protected] or 0438 005 798.

Program resources

Ageing and Disability

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Fact Sheet – Silver Rainbow FACT SHEET – LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Guide – As We Are: An Evidence Based Guide to Intersex and Inclusive Aged Care Services

Article – the unique issues facing our elders as they age: www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/lgbteol/pdf/unique_challenges.pdf

Report – The experiences and attitudes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, ages 45-75 (American) www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/lgbteol/pdf/LGBT_OAMarketResearch_Rpt.pdf

Project – Seven songs for a long life – encouraging people to talk about end of life matters: www.dyingmatters.org/blog/seven-songs-long-life

Website – LGBT Ageing Resources Clearinghouse (American): https://asaging.org/lgbt_aging_resources_clearinghouse

Website – SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) USA: www.sageusa.org/

Document – Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults (American: 2012): www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/NRC_guidebook.pdf

Films – Programs for the elderly – LGBT Seniors Films: www.programsforelderly.com/documentaries-gay.php

AIHW Disability Report – AIHW develops, collects, analyses and reports information on a broad range of health and welfare issues in Australia including disability: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-conditions-disability-deaths/disability/overview

Website – Younger onset dementia and the NDIS. Younger onset dementia key workers are ideally placed to support people with younger onset dementia in the NDIS. The program has been interacting with the NDIS since it was first trialed in 2013. https://www.dementia.org.au/services/younger-onset-dementia-and-the-ndis

Report – The aged care sector has experienced the impacts of significant changes in recent years. These changes range from the ageing of the Australian population and the corresponding ageing of the workforce: Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce

Better Chances Forum

Download the Better Chances Forum Program 2016 for information about the sessions and presenter Bios.

Podcasts

Click the playlist below to listen to the presenters from the Better Chances Forum.

Presentations

Mary J0 McVeigh
Founder and CEO of CARA House and CARACARE

Paul Vevers & Kym Langil
Paul Vevers, Deputy Secretary Southern Cluster of Districts and Housing Sate-wide Services, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Kym Langil, Director Planning Contracts & Development Northern NSW, Department of Family and Community Services

Penny Dakin
General Manager – Policy & Strategic Development, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

Mauritia Cavanough and Miriam O’Grady

Maurita Cavanough, Director of the Jarjum Centre and Miriam O’Grady, YWCA NSW

Gregor Macfie

Director of the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People

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