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New LASA Mentoring Program will boost staff retention

LASA has launched an exciting new Mentoring Program to support current and emerging leaders in age services—an Australian-first that will help future-proof the industry. A forward-thinking response to workforce challenges, the program will streamline professional...

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LASA Excellence in Aged Services Award winners

Congratulations to all winners and finalists in the 2020 LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards for Victoria and Tasmania, presented at the Tri-State Conference Dinner in Albury. State winners will progress to the national awards being announced in October at LASA...

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LASA CEO Opens Tri-State Conference

Thanks to Dr Yalmambirra for the Welcome to Country and the timely reminder of the importance of respect and flexibility in the work that we all do. And welcome to everybody to the City of Albury – there are 270 people attending the Tri State Conference and we also...

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Bushfire response and recovery for aged care providers

Disaster resilience embodies the ability of communities to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, minimising the impacts of future events. Age service providers have a particularly important role in this regard given the vulnerable groups they...

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LASA commends new SA Palliative Care Grants program

LASA commends the South Australian Government’s new Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program which aims to ensure services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This has the potential to be a palliative and end-of-life care game-changer in many communities...

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New State of the Sector videos on COVID-19

In partnership with LASA, Altura Learning has released two new videos on the continued effects COVID-19 is having on residential care facilities, home and community care services, and retirement living operators. LASA CEO Sean Rooney discusses the precautions...

LASA welcomes extra protection for over 70s and new telehealth, mental health support

LASA is appealing to all people over 70 to follow the Government’s new directives to stay at home and encourages everyone to make protecting older Australians from coronavirus a top priority. “Our cherished elders are the most vulnerable to this deadly pandemic,...

Aged care sector welcomes additional support but more will be needed

An alliance of aged care industry bodies has welcomed additional support for the sector announced today by the Federal Government but says it falls short of what will be required to maintain all of the essential aged care services needed during COVID-19. Our sector is...

LASA welcomes national aged care rules to protect older Australians and save lives

LASA endorses national restrictions on visitors to residential aged care facilities and stronger COVID-19 protection protocols. “Taking strong measures to protect older Australians is critical to saving lives, in the face of the escalating COVID-19 threat,” said LASA...

LASA supports mitigation strategies to protect older Australians

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, supports measures to reduce the risk of vulnerable older Australians becoming infected with COVID-19, including the Aged Care Minister’s suggested visitor restrictions in aged care homes. “This is about...

COVID-19: LASA CEO radio interviews

ABC Radio Perth 13 March 2020 LASA CEO Sean Rooney tells Jessica Strutt on ABC Drive Perth that if you have a loved one in care, play it safe. If you have flu-like symptoms or think you are at risk of COVID-19 in any way, do not visit your loved ones and put them or...

LASA welcomes COVID-19 aged care funding

LASA welcomes the Government’s $101.2 million commitment specifically for aged care to tackle COVID-19 but will work closely with authorities for more support as needed. Part of a $2.4 billion COVID-19 health package, the funding will provide extra training for aged...

LASA commends COVID-19 meeting with health authorities and Government funding for virus fight

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, has commended a COVID-19 summit in Canberra aimed at protecting residents and staff in aged care. LASA CEO Sean Rooney attended the meeting - hosted by Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck and including...

Maximising protection of older Australians is a service provider and community responsibility

LASA says the aged care sector has mandatory infection control measures in place and has been on rising alert levels since January over the COVID-19 virus. With the news that a Sydney aged care worker has tested positive, LASA CEO Sean Rooney said maximising the...

Payment in arrears legislation must include support for transition and more home care

LASA warns the Government must commit to maintaining services for older Australians in their homes, by helping at-risk home care providers transition to a new payment system and by redirecting any savings to extra home care packages. LASA CEO Sean Rooney said there...