Aged Services

Can a Provider refuse entry to an eligible resident?

The Aged Care Act 1997 is replete with rights and obligations of residents and providers once a person has become a resident in a facility. But what does the Act say about an eligible person’s rights to become a resident of your facility or, conversely, a provider’s obligation to accept an eligible person as a resident in that facility?

Resident Eligibility

The Act describes some of the bases upon which a person can be eligible for a subsidised place at an aged care facility. Most notably, […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Aged Services|

Amendments to the Privacy Act

 

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Hi, I’m Natasha Maynard from CRH Law and I’m going to talk to you today about the amendments to the ‘Privacy Act’.
Who does the Privacy Act apply to?
The Privacy Act applies to private sector organizations, Commonwealth Government agencies, and individuals.
What changes have been made to the Privacy Act?
Significant changes have been made to the Privacy Act, in particular, a new set of privacy principles called the Australian Privacy Principles or APP for short. These will replace the existing National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy […]

Brian Herd – one of Australia’s best lawyers

Once again, Brian Herd has achieved the recognition of his peers by being announced one of Australia’s best lawyers in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law.

This is the second year he has been given the gong in the latest edition of “Best Lawyers in Australia”.  It confirms the regard and respect with which he is held by other legal professionals and cements his place as one of the very few lawyers in Australia with the depth of knowledge and experience in this rapidly expanding […]

By |April 11th, 2014|Aged Services, Elder Law|
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    The difference between “Privacy” and “Confidentiality”

The difference between “Privacy” and “Confidentiality”

While the terms privacy and confidentiality are commonly used interchangeably, they are not the same, and should not be confused.

Privacy
Privacy in Australia is regulated by the Privacy Act 1981 (Cth) (“the Act”) and the Australian Privacy Principles (“APPs”). The Act and APPs apply to individuals and commonwealth government agencies. Each State and Territory has its own legislation in relation to privacy obligations of its government departments and agencies.

Privacy laws regulate the handling of personal information about individuals, whether or not that information is publicly […]

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    Collection of Accommodation Pricing information to commence for My Aged Care website

Collection of Accommodation Pricing information to commence for My Aged Care website

Healthdirect Australia will soon commence contacting residential aged care providers to collect details of their maximum accommodation prices to be published on the My Aged Care website.

Healthdirect is a state and federally funded health information service.  It manages My Aged Care on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

The information will be published on the website by mid-May for new residents entering care on or after 1 July 2014.  Aged care providers are also required to publish the information on their own website and […]

By |March 28th, 2014|Aged Services|
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    Prime Minister plays down reports of cuts to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Prime Minister plays down reports of cuts to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

The ABC recently reported the Prime Minister as saying that the Federal Government will keep its commitment to index eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.  This response follows the Commission of Audit’s interim report which reportedly recommended eligibility criteria for the card be tightened.

Mr Abbott said the Government plans to stick to its commitment to index the income threshold for the card.  “We made an absolutely crystal clear commitment before the election to index the eligibility thresholds [for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card] […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Aged Services, Elder Law|

Pets and Retirement Villages

Pets play an important role in the lives of many people and many want to continue to enjoy the pleasure of having a pet in their retirement.

Retirement village operators are becoming more attuned to these issues and there has been a move away from the strict “no pets” policies that were in place in most villages.

Permitting residents to have a pet does come with challenges and operators should ensure they understand the legal issues and have a well thought out Pet Policy in place.

What […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Aged Services|
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    Professor Peter Shergold AC to Chair Aged Care Sector Committee

Professor Peter Shergold AC to Chair Aged Care Sector Committee

Professor Peter Shergold AC has been named as the chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee.  The Committee is tasked with working with the Federal Government as it implements aged care reforms.

The Committee will aim to provide guidance to help the aged care sector adapt to new demands and a greater consumer focus.  Committee members have been drawn from peak bodies representing providers across residential and home care; for-profit and not for-profit providers; consumer and workforce representatives.

It will be responsible for developing the ‘Aged […]

By |March 12th, 2014|Aged Services|
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    Life Sustaining Measures and Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care

Life Sustaining Measures and Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care

Brian Herd will be presenting on the legal issues and Dr Anthony French, geriatrician, on the medical issues associated with life sustaining measures and palliative care in residential aged care.  Click the link to download PDF.  Workshop Flyer

By |February 12th, 2014|Aged Services|
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    Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Replaces Aged Care Standards & Accreditation Agency

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Replaces Aged Care Standards & Accreditation Agency

On 1 January 2014, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency) replaced the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (Accreditation Agency) as the single organisation responsible for quality assurance across the aged care sector.

The Quality Agency is the new body responsible for the accreditation of Australian Government subsidised aged care homes.  The Quality Agency will also continue the Accreditation Agency’s work of providing an industry education program.

From 1 July 2014, the Quality Agency will take on responsibility for monitoring the quality of aged […]

By |January 8th, 2014|Aged Services|