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A wise move: provisional registration to make retirement living code adoption easier

The Retirement Living Code of Conduct, an industry initiative supported by the Retirement Living Council (RLC) and LASA, has today launched a new provisional registration stage, to support retirement communities that want to start the process of becoming Code...

Home care providers increasing support and reducing COVID-19 distress – national survey

A national study by LASA highlights the extensive work of home care providers in increasing support and combating COVID-19 distress among their clients, even as some postponed services. The survey shows that almost 90 per cent of providers have increased regular...

LASA commends volunteers across Australia

LASA says a national ‘thank you’ to the 70,000-plus volunteers who contribute so much to the wellbeing of over 1.3 million older Australians receiving home and residential care services. Hundreds of LASA Members will be celebrating National Volunteer Week, with the...

Aged care precautions across Rockhampton area to protect older people from COVID-19 

Aged care operators across the Rockhampton area in Queensland are on high alert and are implementing additional precautions, after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19 at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre. Maintaining the safety of vulnerable older people and...

Industry code for visiting aged care homes released

The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations. The Code creates a nationally consistent approach that ensures residents can receive visitors while...

New COVID-19 video series with Dr Norman Swan: Keeping older Australians safe

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) have partnered to produce a short video series aimed at helping protect older people from COVID-19. Titled ‘Your health is in all of our hands – keeping older Australians safe from...

LASA salutes our passionate and professional nurses, leading and delivering quality care

LASA praises nurses for their leadership and dedication in caring for older Australians, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. International Nurses Day, 12 May 2020, marks the 200th birthday of the legendary Florence Nightingale, with the theme ‘A voice to...

Vast majority of staff, residents relatives and friends support restrictions on visits

A national survey of Members conducted by LASA shows the vast majority of staff, residents, relatives and friends of residents in aged care homes approve of restrictions on visits. The survey - centred on residential care and covering more than 860 participants –...

Successful advocacy leads to better medication management for residents

Medication Harm The extent of medication-related harm to older Australians is well known to Ward MM and LASA, with over 250,000 hospitalisations each year at a cost of $1.4 billion (1). It has been estimated that 50% of this harm is preventable (1). The recent Royal...

LASA appeals for strategy and investment to reduce home care wait to three months

LASA is offering to work with the Government on a detailed, long-term strategy to reduce the wait for Home Care Packages (HCP) at a recipient’s approved level to three months. LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the latest report showed another significant reduction in the...