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Philip Kennedy Centre hospice to close after $1m state funding cuts

ONE of Adelaide’s leading hospices will close within months, placing scores of jobs at risk after public funding cuts, it emerged tonight.

The palliative care hospice at the Philip Kennedy Centre, at Largs Bay, in Adelaide’s west, will close by the end of the year after its $1m state government contract was terminated.

It also has more than 170 elderly patients. A petition, signed by more than 3000 people, has been launched to save the facility.
But officials from Southern Cross Care, which manages the hospice, insisted tonight that all current patients would continue receiving treatment until they passed away.

Read more: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/national-news/south-australia/philip-kennedy-centre-hospice-to-close-after-1m-state-funding-cuts/story-fnii5yv4-1226726431809#ixzz2fyThoU7D

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83% of Older Patients Return Home after Hospital Stay

Majority of older Australians who are admitted to hospital are able to return to their home in the community after they are discharged, according to a report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report throws light on the quality of hospital care for older patients in Australia. Its findings also indicate that factors such as age and having dementia increase the likelihood of a person entering care after being discharged from hospital.

According to figures from OECD, in 2012, 14 per cent of the Australian population was aged 65 or over (compared to the OECD average of 15 per cent in 2010) and 3.8 per cent of the population was aged 80 or over (compared to the OECD average 4 per cent in 2010).

By 2050, OECD projections indicate, 22 per cent of the Australian population is projected to be aged 65 or over and about 8 per cent of the population to be aged 80 or over.

Commenting on the report, AIHW spokesperson Dr Pamela Kinnear said that about 90 per cent of the 1.1 million hospitalisations a year for older Australians were for people who lived at home in the community. Nearly all the rest were for those living in residential care.

You can read more here – http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/507548/20130920/australia-australian-institute-health-welfare-aihw-hospital.htm#.Uj-XIWQ-IzY

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New autism care model is a first

AUSTRALIA’S first family day care centre for children with autism has opened in Harrington Park to meet a growing need across Sydney.

Autism Family First Family Day Care offers childcare in a home environment with structured activities and one-on-one therapy sessions for children from 3-12 years not at school.

Children are cared for in a home environment, they receive two hours of therapeutic care and their day is filled with games designed to teach them social and gross motor skills.

http://www.camdenadvertiser.com.au/story/1782055/new-autism-care-model-is-a-first/?cs=7

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NSW allocates $35 million for community palliative care

Tailored packages for people dying at home, more palliative care volunteers and an after-hours telephone service are among $35 million in community-based palliative care initiatives to be rolled out across New South Wales, the state’s health minister, Jillian Skinner, has announced.

Up to 1545 home support packages offering personal care, domestic assistance and service co-ordination and designed to be mobilised quickly to ensure safe and comfortable end of life care at home will be available this financial year increasing up to 2863 packages in 2015/16.

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Families lose thousands after aged-care home fails

Dozens of families of aged residents at a collapsed respite home in Melbourne’s south-east have lost thousands of dollars in fees.

The ABC reported on Friday that the families of residents of the Mentone Gardens home had been told their money would not be recovered.
Mentone Gardens went into administration in June with debts of more than $4 million.

According to the ABC, the administrator has referred the case to the corporate regulator.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/money/ask-an-expert/families-lose-thousands-after-agedcare-home-fails-20130906-2t9m9.html#ixzz2eMMc2nOR

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