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
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 […]
May you reap the joy of Christmas and the opportunity for sharing it brings.
Enjoy the company of friends, family, and your God.
Think of others in the world and do what you can to convert those good thoughts to good deeds.
May happiness and prosperity follow you all the days of 2014.
On 26 October 2013, the Queensland Parliament passed the Directors’ Liability Reform Amendment Act (“the Act”) to give effect to its promise to introduce legislation to reduce the liability of directors and officers in Queensland.
The Act came into effect on 1 November 2013.
The main objectives of these reforms are to amend previous legal provisions applying to executive officers and their personal liability for offences committed by a corporation, and any such action against a director or an office will only be taken where there […]
Brian Herd was a guest speaker at the Burnie Brae Community Centre today celebrating the contribution of the over 300 volunteers at the Centre. Here is his speech.
I stand before you an ageing and passionate lawyer not long having emerged from a mid-life crisis.
When I was in my last year of school back in the late sixties I remember having my obligatory meeting with the career guidance counsellor. The discussion essentially revolved around the supposed two killer questions of life – what and how. […]
A new report has recommended that a new national aged care leadership centre should be created. The report envisions that the centre would act to drive leadership development and evaluation in the aged care sector.
The centre would allow avenues for national resources and activities on leadership and foster greater collaboration with the broader health and community services sector. In particular, a central priority of the proposed centre would be to maintain a common set of leadership capabilities for aged care leaders.
The recommendations are contained […]
Dedicated to the iconic Ita Buttrose, in Cold Chisel’s classic song “Ita”, Jimmy Barnes screams, “How could I not believe what Ita tells me to”
Well I’m not convinced.
In her presentation to the ACSA Conference in Sydney this week, Ita conceded that only a minority of aged care facilities were not providing good care. Nevertheless, she was of the view that there was a general need to refocus on addressing standards of care which involved not only increased funding but more importantly, leadership and cultural […]
Last Friday the Australian Financial Review published the list of Australia’s best lawyers as determined in a peer review assessment by other lawyers in Australia.
We are proud to say Brian was adjudged as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the area of Retirement Villages and Senior Living. It is recognition of the extensive expertise both Brian and the firm have built up over the years in providing advice and assistance in relation to the needs of older people and organizations who provide services to […]
The Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) has issued an industry alert prompted by the 127 complaints received between March and October 2012 from consumers and industry regarding the responsibilities of Service Providers in relation to a care recipient’s security of tenure.
DOHA confirmed that some of the issues regularly responded to included situations where:
a care recipient is moved within a service offering ‘ageing in place’;
a care recipient’s long-term assessed care needs have changed and the Service Provider can no longer provide suitable accommodation or […]
Joanne O’Brien has written an interesting article for Australian Ageing Agenda on a little known but potentially big trap for unwary aged care providers when it comes to payment of accommodation bonds.
Effectively, even after a resident has agreed to pay a bond, DOHA may excuse them from doing so……read on.