Over 200 delegates, exhibitors, and partners took over the Marriott Gold Coast Resort from 24–27 June for the Retirement Villages Association’s 2013 conference.
With confirmation of poor care delivery in one corner of the sector and allegations of discriminatory pay levels in another, the public cries for more transparency and fairer pay in aged care are getting louder. Change feels imminent, but what shape will it take? By JUDE BARBACK.
Patient privacy breaches have been hitting the headlines. The infamous ‘eel’ x-ray in Auckland led to staff dismissals, and spying on cricket star Jesse Ryder’s clinical notes resulted in four clinicians facing disciplinary action. Nurse-turned-lawyer ROBIN KAY looks at the legal and ethical issues for nurses around accessing patient records – particularly now that unauthorised reading of a file leaves an ‘electronic fingerprint’.
Providing seamless care from the home, to residential aged care, to an acute hospital setting appears to be a universal goal. Families want it, the Government wants it, aged care facilities and home support services providers want it ... so why aren’t we quite there yet? By JUDE BARBACK.