WHEN temperatures were forecast to exceed 40 degrees Celsius at the beginning of this year, the Hunter Valley Zoo took action to protect its animals, making sure all were housed in air conditioned buildings prior to the onset of the heatwave.
Religious aged care providers received $2.7 billion in federal government funding in 2011/12. They own around three in every ten nursing home beds in the country and, along with the charitable sector, are the largest provider of community aged care.
They provide a public service using public money.
AN audit of the new Aged Care Complaints Scheme by the Australian National Audit Office found that the Scheme’s data collection and analysis fails to detect trends in poor care.
THE newly created Aged Care Financing Authority provides advice to the Minister for Ageing on aged care fee and financing issues and recently made draft recommendations on regulating the size of accommodation bonds.