RAC News and Events

This section will keep you up to date with news and events in the palliative care community and changes to the CareSearch website. Please note that the links below were current at the time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update their content.

The RAC Hub was developed by CareSearch in collaboration with Aged Care stakeholders and launched in 2011 drawing on the work used to develop the APRAC Guidelines. It was one of the first web resources focusing on palliative care in aged care facilities and led the way in connecting the aged care workforce with quality evidence. In 2017, the palliAGED website was launched. palliAGED was funded by the Department of Health to provide a new form of palliative care guidance for aged care – both residential aged care and home care. It was designed to update and replace the APRAC and COMPAC Guidelines (485kb pdf).  As part of our current work program we have completed a review of the role of the RAC Hub in CareSearch. One of the aims of this review was to consolidate content to create a single source for evidence based palliative care guidance for aged care. We have been working with the palliAGED Advisory Group and the CareSearch Advisory Group to finalise a plan. 


Winter 2017 RAC Hub News (612kb pdf)
The Winter 2017 edition of the RAC Hub News is now available.

Technology Roadmap for Aged Care
This initiative of the Aged Care Industry IT Company was developed in conjunction with a team from the Medical Device Research Institute at Flinders University.The roadmap shows how to make technology a core part of aged operations and service delivery and the action needed in the short, medium and long term to address ICT-related shortcomings across key areas including operations, care, information and workforce.

Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services
The Productivity commission has produced a draft report examining  to put the people who use human services at the heart of service provision. The Commission's report notes that most people are not dying where they want to die and makes a series of recommendations. People and organisations can make a submission or attend a public hearing.

Cross-cultural Care Program for Aged Care Staff
This new education tool enhances cross-cultural quality of care, leadership and workplace cohesion. This program is funded by the Australian Government and developed by Flinders University through a partnership with Resthaven Inc. and AnglicareSA. There are five learning modules, the last of which focuses on end of life care:

  • Module 1: An Introduction to Cross-cultural Care for new staff - This module includes work-related English language resources
  • Module 2: Cross-cultural Communication
  • Module 3: Cross-cultural Leadership
  • Module 4: Cross-cultural Dementia Care
  • Module 5: Cross-cultural End of Life Care.

Find the Help You Need with My Aged Care
A new information campaign is highlighting how  the My Aged Care phone line and website can provide information and help older Australians find out about aged care services and how to access them.

2017 Decision Assist and Palliative Care Australia Continuing Professional Development Scholarships
You are invited to submit an application for the Decision Assist and Palliative Care Australia Continuing Professional Development Scholarships. The aim of the scholarships is to improve palliative care delivery in aged care.

Principles for Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Residential Aged Care
New principles collaboratively developed by peak aged care and palliative care bodies could be used to guide care for older Australians and support their families and carers. The principles address recognising end-of-life: involving consumers in planning and decision making; timely access to care and care that is holistic and meets spirital and psychosocial needs; care that meets the needs of those with dementia and cognitive impairment;  dignity and respect; and bereavement support.   

Developing an Aged Care Diversity Framework
The Department of Health is seeking input and feedback on the aged care diversity framework. The Framework is intended to assist providers, and enhance the sectors capacity, to better meet the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older people thereby ensuring inclusive aged care services.Feedback is needed by 19 June 2017.

Appointment of Panel to review National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes
Ms Kate Carnell AO, and Professor Ron Paterson ONZM, will conduct the independent review on national aged care quality regulatory processes.

ConnecTo: a new tool supporting spiritual care for elderly
ConnecTo is a flexible spiritual screening tool for use in a range of settings including residential aged care, community care and palliative care.

Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models
The report was prepared by the Australian Health Services Research Institute, (University of Wollongong) which was commissioned by the Department of Health to evaluate current funding arrangements and look into alternative funding options.

New advance care planning learning modules for health professionals and care workers
Decision Assist and Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) have a brand new integrated online learning space with up-to-date resources and training tools to support best practice in advance care planning.

Aummer 2017 RAC Hub News (552kb pdf)
The Autumn 2017 edition of the RAC Hub News is now available.

National CALD Ageing and Aged Care Strategy Review Submission
Comments are now being sought on the Review of the CALD Strategy and the development of the Diversity Framework.The CALD Strategy is going to be replaced by a broader Aged Care Diversity Framework aimed to build on existing efforts to provide guidance for providers to embed better practice in their service delivery to better meet the diverse needs of older people.Under the Diversity Framework, an action plan for CALD consumers will be developed. Submissions close 12 May 2017

Complaints Matter
The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner is holding a one day event on Thursday 27 April 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  “Complaints Matter” will highlight the process of a good complaint and provide best practice tips for resolving complaints to the satisfaction of everyone involved.

News for Aged Care Providers
Find out more about aged care news from the Deprtment of Human Services news feed.

Single Aged Care Quality Framework - Draft Aged Care Quality Standards
The Australian Government is seeking responses to a consultation paper with a draft set of aged care standards and rationale.  the Consultation Paper is your opportunity to contribute to, and directly influence, the reforms and the quality of aged care in Australia. The consultation closes 21 April 2017.

Single Aged Care Quality Framework - Options for assessing performance against aged care quality standards
The Options Paper for assessing service provider performance against the draft aged care quality standards details three proposed options:

  • An assessment process based on aged care setting with different approaches used for residential settings and home/community settings (based on the status quo with improvements)
  • Introducing a single risk based assessment process that is applicable to all aged care settings 
  • Use of a safety and quality declaration by organisations providing low risk services readily available to the broader population. 

Feedback and comments will help  identify the preferred approach.This consultation closes on Friday 21 April 2017.

National Palliative Care Week 2017
Palliative Care Australia has announced that the theme for this year’s week will be ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’ and will focus on residential and community aged care.

New consumer guide to aged care accreditation
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has published a new Consumer guide to accreditation. The audit reports are available at https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/reports. The new Consumer guide to accreditation aims to enhance consumer awareness of aged care accreditation, and provide more accessible information on quality assurance and how consumers can participate in the quality assessment of a home.

Interprofessional Education in Aged Care
A new provider-developed resource guides residential aged care organisations through implementing a student placement and staff education program in their facilities. The free online program – Interprofessional Education in Aged Care (IPEAC) -aims to increase professional collaboration between students from all health disciplines and improve the quality of care of residents.

Increasing Choice in Home Care
This major aged care reform gives consumers more choice in home care services – such as personal care, nursing and social support – to suit their individual needs. It aims to improve the way services are delivered to older people in their homes.

Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services Grant Opportunity
The Department of Health is seeking applications for grant funding to provide innovative models of delivering the Advisory Services. The objective is to coordinate and deliver innovative models of specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory services in all jurisdictions. Applications close 2:00 pm Canberra time on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia: 2016-2056
This NATSEM report updates the Access Economics 2002 estimate to 2016 and also projects likely future costs of dementia over the next 40 years. The report  provides an overview of dementia in Australia, including increases in the prevalence and incidence of dementia over the next 40 years, describes some of the social and economic characteristics of people with dementia, and identifies the impact of dementia on mortality and burden of disease.

Active Ageing Conference 2017
The call for presentations for this conference  is now open, with aged care providers, community services, councils, researchers, allied health and other relevant professionals invited to submit.The Active Ageing Conference 2017 is hosted by Australian Ageing Agenda and Community Care Review. It shares the latest evidence on restorative care, reablement and wellness and aims to equip aged care providers with strategies to meet their new requirements. 

Provider and consumer research regarding recent and future changes in home care
This report looked at home care providers and consumers responses to the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) and the forthcoming Increasing Choice (IC) measure. It suggests that while there is support for the approach there will need to be a concerted effort to build understanding to support adoption and intergation. 

Older People's health
The Conversation has prepared a series on older people's health covering :

Last updated 06 December 2017