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AGED CARE PROVIDERS need
to educate the community
that consumer directed care
(CDC) cannot be "all things
to all people" and while it will
increase choice, that choice will
nonetheless be limited, former
Victorian premier Jeff Kennett
told the Aged and Community
Services (ACSA) national
conference in November.
Mr Kennett said that attempts
by providers to offer unlimited
choice would be unsustainable
and would reduce services and
"While I think CDC in concept
is a great idea, the opportunity of
unlimited entitlement will actually
choke the beast altogether,"
said Mr Kennett, who is chair of
He said the current discussion
on CDC reminded
him of what
many of which
had attempted to
provide a range of
services that was
Mr Kennett was
speaking after the
conference heard from a panel of
providers and advisers who said
that those organisations who have
not yet begun planning for the
shift to CDC need to do so now,
by collaborating with clients, the
community and other providers.
CDC was also a topic of
conversation at the Australian
Association of Gerontology
(AAG) national conference in
Sydney in late November.
The conference heard that
ageism and discrimination against
older people is ingrained in our
society and this must be challenged
if the potential for truly consumer
directed care is to be realised.
A panel of consumers,
providers and researchers
discussed consumers' "choice,
Talk of the town
Consumer directed care was a common
theme at the recent industry conferences
and events the AAA team has reported from. Jeff Kennett speaking at ACSA's national
Jan Horsnell, Lisa Ralph and Kevin Klose
participating in the CDC panel.
voice and control" in Australian
aged care and the likely impact of
the rollout of CDC.
Eliza Pross, acting CEO
of Community Care Northern
Beaches, said a key issue was
how society viewed older people.
"We can have this debate about
policies and programs but what
does it mean for older people
and their connection to the rest of
their community," she asked.
"Part of the problem is that
we exist in a broader social
environment that has lost touch
with the wisdom of age and the
role of elders."
CDC presented an opportunity
to evolve and reconnect with
older people, however there were
some issues and potential risks
which were not being sufficiently
discussed and explored, she said.
Elsewhere, initiatives that
encourage and support people to
age creatively were on display in
Sydney at the Arts and Health
Australia's annual conference.
Gary Glazner, executive
director of the New York-based
Alzheimer's Poetry Project
(APP), shared his experiences
of engaging elders in creative
expression through poetry.
Glazner said the three key
features to their approach were
building a community, which they
encouraged through activities
like intergenerational sessions, a
memory arts cafe and poetry in
outdoor neighbourhood settings;
communication where listening
was the most important part; and
Also on a dementia theme,
Alice Thwaite, director of Equal
Arts UK, introduced the Room for
the Imagination, which set about
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ALBURY
One of the first major industry events of 2014 is the annual Tri-State
Conference, taking place in Albury, NSW from 23 to 25 February.
This year's event, which is themed "Breaking free" will
focus on issues ranging from dementia and palliative care to
benchmarking and leadership.
Bruce Bailey from RSM Bird Cameron will discuss the transition
from regulated to market-based accommodation charges, while
Philip Mayers of Dakin Mayers will discuss leadership development.
Elsewhere, a representative of the new Quality Agency will
provide an update on the transition from the Accreditation
Agency and what it means for aged care.
AAA will be tweet reporting from the Tri-State conference.
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engaging residents with dementia
in participatory arts in an effort
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