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LASA CEO to give evidence to Royal Commission

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, is scheduled to appear before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety tomorrow, Tuesday 19 February to provide a sector perspective on how the current age services system operates and how it...

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LASA Welcomes Commencement of Royal Commission into Aged Care

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, has welcomed the commencement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Adelaide today saying aged care is an issue of national importance that is too important not to get right. Chief...

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LASA says aged care must be budget priority

The age services industry says the Federal Government needs to make aged care a budget priority if it is serious about providing affordable, sustainable, quality care and services to older Australians. Leading Age Services Australia, the voice of aged care, has...

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LASA welcomes commitment to high needs dementia care

Leading Age Services Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s progress today on its commitment to establish a national network of specialist care units to provide care for people exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. The...

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More restorative care places welcomed

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, has welcomed a boost to Short Term Restorative Care Places, announced today by Senior Australians and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt. The Minister says the $58 million annual funding boost means the number...

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LASA Welcomes Commencement of Royal Commission into Aged Care

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, has welcomed the commencement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Adelaide today saying aged care is an issue of national importance that is too important not to get right. Chief...

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2018 must be a year of action in aged care

2018 must be a year of action for age services in Australia. The needs of the growing numbers of older Australians, combined with a system experiencing significant change, cannot be ignored. Fundamental issues relating to the four key areas of quality of services,...

New accreditation scheme for retirement living industry

The Property Council of Australia and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) are pleased to announce they will be partnering to deliver a renewed accreditation scheme for the retirement living industry. The Property Council and LASA have officially entered a joint...

Latest Data Highlights Ongoing Financial Challenges for Aged Care

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Chief Executive Officer Sean Rooney says new figures from a leading industry analyst show ongoing financial challenges for aged care providers in residential care and home care. The September 2018 Aged Care Financial Performance...

Staffing in residential care facilities is a critical factor in the care of older Australians

It is determined by a range of factors including the needs of the residents (which are determined by clinicians), the models of care applied to meet these needs, the design of the facility; and, in some locations, particularly in rural and remote areas, the...

Red tape reduction laws on management of aged care places

The Residential Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Act 2016 became law on 10 February. The Act amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to: •  change the process for transferring places between aged care providers,  so that a transfer will be...

ABC BRISBANE RADIO – LASA CEO discusses the aged care industry in Queensland

LASA CEO Sean Rooney spoke with ABC Brisbane’s Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston on Friday 9 March about a range of issues including care quality, staffing, the make-up of providers in the sector, and comments made recently by Queensland’s Health Minister...

LASA welcomes Government response to Carnell Paterson Review recommendations

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) CEO Sean Rooney welcomes the Turnbull Government’s response to the Carnell-Paterson Review recommendations, including the establishment of an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to centralise accreditation,...

LASA welcomes Senate Inquiry interim report into aged care quality

Australia’s peak age services body, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), welcomed the release of an interim report regarding Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and...

Correcting the record regarding ABC reporting (Peak aged care body objected to internal temperature regulation, broadcast on AM, 18 February 2019)

The story broadcast on AM on Monday 18 February, 2019 did not accurately reflect the position of LASA in relation to the issues raised. Below are the questions posed by the ABC and responses provided by LASA in full.  ABC Q.1 Considering Australia’s rising...

Reflections: one year on from implementation of major home care reforms in aged care

On the first anniversary of the Increasing Choice in Home Care (ICHC) reforms, Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s peak age services body, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Sean Rooney, has reflected on the reform experiences and impacts to date. Mr Rooney said...