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Australian Ageing Agenda OLD : Australian Ageing Agenda
Visit us at: www.australianageingagenda.com.au Right: TIM DIXON, Deputy Editor Far right: CARMELLA ROWSTHORNE, National Advertising Manager our staff PERTH JOURNALIST, Dale Fisher says it will be a significant coup for the aged care industry if the government gives the Electronic Medication Management project the go ahead later this year. "Not only will it allow aged care to lead the rest of the health sector into the realms of e-health, but it will also provide significant benefits for the industry, both in terms of resident safety and workplace efficiencies," she says. our contributors Lessons from a leisurely life IT FEELS A little bit strange being back in this chair after half a year away from it. Tim (Dixon) was such a natural and everything went so well without me, I thought perhaps I should stay on a little longer in San Francisco... but he seemed keen that I get back! It's great to have had some 'time out' in a busy life -- space where you can do some of those things you never seem to get around to in your usual life because of work, kids, home and the relentless web of busyness that goes with all that. Having some time for leisure and being more physically active were some of those things for me and it's something I have reflected on repeatedly during our work on this issue of the magazine. Being physically active, participating in activities you enjoy, being attentive to a healthy diet, getting a good amount of sleep -- not only do they make you look and feel so much better, they seem to be hugely beneficial for staving off dementia! It's a compelling reason to keep on the wagon. THE YEAR AHEAD Being mid April, it may be a little late to be talking about the year ahead but it seems there is still a lot to come. This has been one of the busiest weeks in AAA's history. Just as we were frantically trying to put this May June issue to bed, our Prime Minister announced a raft of aged care reforms just ahead of the COAG meeting scheduled for Monday, 19 April. In time-honoured publishing tradition, we shouted, 'Stop the press' while we scrambled about, trying to find out as much as we could about the proposals and what various industry stakeholders had to say. Tim has done a great job of pulling most of the strands together in his new news feature on page 12. (We had to scrap the original one that had already been written, laid out and even proofed!) Needless to say, long before these pages reach your desk, COAG and the terms of the Productivity Commission inquiry into aged care will ensure it is all old news. Such are the vagaries of the publishing cycle. Luckily there will be more to come in this 'big year ahead'... NEW MEMBER OF THE AAA TEAM Rachel Davis left us at the end of February and just this week our new journalist, Yasmin Noone commenced. Like Tim and I, Yasmin is a sucker for a good meaty issue she can explore. Her background includes some work in the welfare and government sectors, in both media-orientated and community roles. I look forward to formally introducing Yasmin in our July August issue. Meanwhile, we're really pleased with this edition and we hope you will be too. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback. All the best, Keryn Curtis Editor Tel: 02 8586 6183 Email: email@example.com AN INNOVATIVE staff development scheme may have the ability to address a major aged care problem, reports Jo Cooper in this issue's cover story. "Bupa Care Services has devised a graduate nurse program that could really help with the nursing shortage," she says. "The beauty of Bupa's approach is that it's tailored, so it meets the organisation's needs. It is also appealing to nurses because it offers a wide range of fascinating career paths." AAA|MAY--JUNE2010|3 editor's desk