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4 July 2024: Automated External Defibrillators (Public Access) Act – Draft Amendment Bill

Operators may be aware that the implementation of the AED Act for non-government bodies is due to come into force from 1 July 2026. Both residential aged facilities and retirement villages were identified as areas where public access to an AED could occur. ACCPA was concerned with the initial drafting of the Act as it was ambiguous around building size requirements and public access. In the draft Amendment Bill the government has tried to clarify this issue with the creation of a definition of publicly accessible floor area. However, ACCPA still has concerns about the clarity of this definition and is seeking a definition on the term ‘public’. We also note that the government has changed its position on the servicing requirements of AED’s and support the change to be reflective of the manufacturers requirements. A copy of the submission can be found here.

3 June 2024: ROSA Outcome Monitoring System (OMS) Facility and Home Care Provider Reports 2024

The Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA)¹ Outcome Monitoring System (OMS) Reports for 2024 are now available for distribution!

The ROSA OMS is a pragmatic and low burden quality and safety monitoring and benchmarking system developed by the ROSA to support evidence-based quality and safety improvement.

Both residential and home care package providers can now request their reports. This year’s reports include:

The ROSA OMS Residential Care Report 2024 includes:

  1. ROSA OMS Residential Aged Care Brief Report, which describes the variation in quality and safety of care received by 11,669 South Australians enrolled in ROSA in residential aged care facilities in 2021-2022.
  2. ROSA OMS Facility Report 2024, which will allow you to examine your provider/facility cohort characteristics and 12 ROSA OMS indicators, plus benchmarks for comparison.

The ROSA OMS Home Care Provider Report 2024 includes:

  1. ROSA OMS Home Care Brief Report, which describes the variation in quality and safety of care experienced by 16,843 home care package recipients in South Australia enrolled in ROSA in 2021-2022.
  2. ROSA OMS Home Care Provider Report 2024, which will allow you to examine your provider/service cohort characteristics and 15 ROSA OMS indicators, plus benchmarks for comparison.

The ROSA OMS was built from a collaboration between the ROSA team, aged care providers and peak bodies, clinicians and consumer representatives.

Please contact us for your ROSA OMS Reports (at no cost to you).
Complete the ROSA OMS Reports Request Form and email your request to:

The next report (including 2022-23 data) is planned for early 2025.

If you have any other questions about this report, please contact us at .

¹ROSA is an independent research department of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), and our work has been supported by the Hospital Research Foundation, National Health and Medical Research Council, Medical Research Future Fund, and our partners (SAHMRI, ECH Inc, and Silverchain).

30 May 2024: Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) – Grant Opportunity Now Open

Please find below details about a Commonwealth grant opportunity for the Specialist Dementia Care Program available in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

On Thursday 23 May 2024, the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) opened a Targeted Competitive Grant Opportunity. This opportunity is open to eligible aged care providers in the Adelaide (Northern Adelaide LHN) region.

Key details:

  • Grant Opportunity: Targeted Competitive Grant
  • PHN region: Adelaide (Northern Adelaide LHN region), SA
  • How to Apply: GrantConnect GO5304
  • Application Close: 2pm ASET, Thursday, 25 July 2024

Feel free to email should you have any questions about this grant opportunity.

30 May 2024: Retirement Villages Amendment Bill 2024 Consultation Draft

The Draft Amendment Bill of the Automated External Defibrillators (AED) (Public Access) Act has been released in South Australia for comment. Members would be aware that the current Act was not clear about the ratio of AED’s required in Retirement Villages. This has been an area where ACCPA has been lobbying Minister Picton and other MP’s to ensure clarity was provided.

In the Draft Amendment Bill, this issue appears to have been addressed with only publicly accessible floor area to be included in the calculations for the requirement of AED’s. This may mean that some villages will not need to install AED’s have them included on the public register as their community facilities are generally not open to the public.

ACCPA is currently considering whether to provide a submission to the Amendment Bill, with the closing date being 30 June 2024.

Automated External Defibrillators (Public Access) Act – Draft Amendment Bill | YourSAy

Click here to view Retirement Villages Amendment Bill 2024 (Consultation Draft)

Reminder

State Retirement Living and Seniors Housing Forums will occur again in June. Please ensure that all your Village Staff are included on our distribution lists so that they can attend and receive information from our forums. June dates are;

  • Queensland 4 June at 9am
  • South Australia 25 June at 3pm (note new date)
  • Western Australia 26 June at 9am
  • New South Wales and ACT 27 June at 12pm

29 May 2024: Political Alert – Safety blitz at aged care homes (SA)

Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector, Kyam Maher, says residential aged care facilities across South Australia will be audited by the state’s safety regulator to reduce the risk of injury to residents and staff.

SafeWork SA inspectors will this month start compliance checks on how staff are using equipment and other techniques to move residents with limited mobility from one location to another. This could include transferring residents from a bed to a chair or bath, from a wheelchair to a toilet, or repositioning them in their bed. SafeWork SA inspectors will provide education, operational guides and checklists to ensure staff follow correct procedures.

Click here to view attachment.

SUPPORT: or 02 6273 2070.

29 May 2024: Inclusive Pathways and Careers Industry Networking Event

RSVPs are now open for our Industry Networking Event, Wednesday 5 June 2024.

Industry and employers who actively engage with people with disability report higher morale, enhanced sense of teamwork and stronger connections with customers. Additionally, people with disability help to create a diverse workforce, build and enhance an employer’s image among its staff, community, and customer base.

This event will allow like-minded people to come together and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing young people with disability, as well as provide practical advice and strategies for workplace integration. Hear from leaders who focus on ability and support employment opportunities for young people, and hear from the young people themselves.

This is an important and rare moment for leaders, influencers, and decision-makers to share experiences and exchange ideas on how we can ensure young people living with disability can gain and retain meaningful employment.

Location: Meeting Hall, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide SA 5000

Catering services will be provided at the event by Summit Cafe, a Hospitably Inclusive Project an initiative of Community Bridging Services.

29 May 2024: Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) – Grant Opportunity Now Open

For your information, please find below details about a Commonwealth grant opportunity for the Specialist Dementia Care Program available in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

On Thursday 23 May 2024, the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) opened a Targeted Competitive Grant Opportunity. This opportunity is open to eligible aged care providers in the Adelaide (Northern Adelaide LHN region).
Key details:

  • Grant Opportunity: Targeted Competitive Grant
  • PHN region: Adelaide (Northern Adelaide LHN region), SA
  • How to Apply: GrantConnect GO5304
  • Application Close: 2pm (ASET), Thursday, 25 July 2024

Feel free to email should you have any questions about this grant opportunity.

21 May 2024: Voluntary Assisted Dying Research Subcommittee: Expression of Interest

The Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Review Board (Review Board) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and interested individuals to join the VAD Research Subcommittee.

During the selection process consideration will be given to ensuring a balance of knowledge, skills, and experience appropriate to the responsibilities and objectives of the committee as outlined in the VAD Research Subcommittee Terms of Reference (Attachment 1).

The VAD Research Framework (Attachment 2) provides further information regarding the role of the VAD Research Subcommittee and sets out the intended approach to research in relation to voluntary assisted dying in alignment with evidence-based research principles and priorities.

Expressions of interest in joining the VAD Research Subcommittee will be open from 15 May 2024 until 5pm 5 June 2024.

How to apply:

For any questions or if you would like to discuss this opportunity prior to submitting an expression of interest, please contact the VAD Review Board Secretariat at:

10 April 2024: Bereavement Navigation Service now available

Palliative Care Connect is a new statewide service that provides information and links to palliative care and bereavement support in South Australia.

In addition to palliative care navigation, patients and carers of all ages, community groups, health and aged care professionals, and organisations can connect with grief and bereavement resources and available supports, via a Bereavement Navigation Service, delivered by FocusOne Health.

Bereavement Navigators can help people understand what they are feeling and experiencing and connect them with available supports. The service is available statewide via telephone, telehealth and in person across Adelaide metro, Limestone Coast, Port Augusta, Riverland and Whyalla.

The service will also engage with government and private organisations, community stakeholders, health and aged care providers, and support networks to increase grief and bereavement capabilities, normalise discussion surrounding death and dying matters, and identify and manage grief and bereavement in the community.

To speak to a Bereavement Navigator, call 1800 725548 (PALLI8) or (08) 8472 8255.
You can also email FocusOne Health directly about this service on .

Access and refer to the Palliative Care Connect website which features key information about palliative care and bereavement for patients, carers, loved ones and health and aged care professionals.

Palliative care connect

4 April 2024: State Manager – SA job opportunity

ACCPA is looking for an experienced member-centric leader to join our team as State Manager for South Australia.

The State Manager will form part of the Senior Leadership Team and will be responsible for the state’s member attraction, engagement, and retention activities.

They will drive state-based policy and advocacy initiatives. As such, this role actively contributes to the organisation’s overall strategic direction and performance.

Find out more and apply here.

25 March 2024: Palliative Care Connect Webinars

The South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing is pleased to offer a series of informative webinars introducing Palliative Care Connect – a statewide suite of services providing information and links to palliative care and bereavement supports in South Australia.

The webinars are tailored to different audiences and will present a different mix of Palliative Care Connect services. Two sessions will be offered per target group, on alternative dates.

Regional Health and Aged Care Providers – 3 April 2024 from 10am – 11am (ACDT). Register here.

Aged Care Providers – 4 April 2024 from 2.30pm – 3.30pm (ACDT). Register here.

Visit Palliative Care Connect.

21 March 2024: SafeWork SA Aged Care Compliance Campaign

SafeWork SA is conducting a proactive compliance campaign in residential aged care facilities from March 2024 to September 2024. People handling equipment in both the metropolitan and regional areas will be audited.

The campaign will inspect and review the systems in relation to people handling, hazardous manual tasks, emergency response and incident notification.

Inspectors will undertake a combination of announced and unannounced visits. Please note that sites have been randomly selected so not all residential aged care facilities will be contacted.

Please see the SafeWork SA Audit Tool and a series of resources and tools for assistance.

For questions, please contact Allison McCallum, Team Leader, SafeWork SA via

Registration for the 2024 ACCPA South Australian one-day conference is now open!

Explore the future of aged care at ACCPA’s South Australian conference. Themed From Vision to Reality: Aged Care’s Journey Forward, this conference will focus on the journey forward for the sector.

Join ACCPA on Friday 15 March, at U City Adelaide, and engage in discussions and presentations taking visionary concepts to practical implementation.

With engaging speakers and thought-provoking panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, network with peers, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and practices.

Conference program now live!

The speaking program aims to stimulate thoughtful consideration and encourage a forward-looking perspective, exploring new approaches in addressing current challenges and reforms, and fostering sustainability within the aged care industry.

Speaker Highlight

Panel: The New Aged Care Act – What it Means for Providers

Tom Symondson, CEO, ACCPA
Tom Symondson, CEO, ACCPA
Michelle Church, CEO, St Basils Homes
Michelle Church, CEO, St Basils Homes
Chris Stewart, CEO, Helping Hand Aged Care
Chris Stewart, CEO, Helping Hand Aged Care
Rebecca Barr, Partner, O'Laughlins Lawyers
Rebecca Barr, Partner, O'Laughlins Lawyers

14 March 2024: ACCPA has reviewed the Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2024

The submission was discussed with the Ministers advisors along with preliminary discussions around the Automated External Defibrillators (Public Access) Act 2022 and their associated regulations.

ACCPA will continue to work with the Minister to help achieve legislation that is responsible and will continue to attract investment in this sector.

12 February 2024: Palliative Care Connect official launch of the full suite of services

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s End of Life Care team has launched Palliative Care Connect, a suite of services in South Australia aimed at providing information and support for palliative care and bereavement.

The services include a statewide navigation service, bereavement groups, a website, and specialised services for Aboriginal and regional communities.

The website, developed with Flinders University, offers resources, a service directory, a self-assessment tool and a callback form.

A phone line is available for inquiries, staffed by Palliative Care Navigators who provide information and service linkages. To talk to a Palliative Care Navigator, call 1-800-725-548 (PALLI8), available Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm or leave a message.

The initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. A communications toolkit has been provided to aid in spreading awareness across various communications platforms.

For questions related to Palliative Care Connect, please contact . For questions related to the communications toolkit, please contact Communications at the Department for Health and Wellbeing .

For more information, visit www.palliativecareconnect.com.au

1 February 2024: Palliative Approach to Aged Care Workshop:
7 February 2024

Hosted by PEPA SA, the aim of this workshop is to improve the understanding and practice of the healthcare workforce in the palliative approach to aged care.

Date: Wednesday 7 February 2024
Venue: The Arkaba Hotel, 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton SA

Click here to register for this FREE event

Workshop Content:
1. Principles of palliative care
2. Communication
3. Providing care
4. Advance care planning
5. End-of-life care
6. Ethical issues & caring for yourself

29 January 2024: HumanAbility South Australian Roadshow 2024 – 20 February 2024, Adelaide

You’re invited to the first HumanAbility’s State and Territory Roadshow 2024, taking place in Adelaide. Hosted by Jobs and Skills Council HumanAbility at TAFE SA, this event is tailored for South Australian specialists, managers and educators in the care and support sectors.

Forum Details
What: South Australian Forum
When: Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: TAFE SA, 120 Currie Street, Adelaide, SA

Join us to find out more and to provide your insights on workforce and training challenges and opportunities within our industries.

Participate in sector-specific breakout sessions and contribute to discussions that will highlight emerging cross-cutting themes. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and shape the future of your industry.

Registration details are included in this document.

29 January 2024: HumanAbility South Australian Roadshow 2024 – 20 February 2024, Adelaide

You’re invited to the first HumanAbility’s State and Territory Roadshow 2024, taking place in Adelaide. Hosted by Jobs and Skills Council HumanAbility at TAFE SA, this event is tailored for South Australian specialists, managers and educators in the care and support sectors.

Forum Details
What: South Australian Forum
When: Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: TAFE SA, 120 Currie Street, Adelaide, SA

Join us to find out more and to provide your insights on workforce and training challenges and opportunities within our industries.

Participate in sector-specific breakout sessions and contribute to discussions that will highlight emerging cross-cutting themes. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and shape the future of your industry.

Registration details are included in this document.

11 January 2024: Office for Ageing Well is seeking feedback survey

Office for Ageing Well is seeking feedback from Retirement Village operators and other interested people, to develop a clear process for managing abandoned property when a resident has left their residence.

The independent review of the Retirement Villages Act 2016 noted the Act is currently silent regarding abandoned property and recommended that a clear process should be provided.

Office for Ageing Well invites you to assist in the development of a process for managing abandoned property when a residence is vacated. This may include aspects such as communication with the former resident or their representative, timeframes for storage and appropriate processes for disposal where required.

Please use the following link to complete the abandoned property survey by Friday 16 Feb 2024.

Thank you for your contribution to developing this important process.

There will be further opportunities to comment on the development of regulations as the legislative reforms progress.

11 January 2024: Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) Course

The Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) course is a 12-hour accredited, educational course which will teach you how to assist a person aged 65+ who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

This training course is delivered face to face and is therefore only available in South Australia to Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) staff, including personal care workers, team leaders, supervises, coordinators and CHSP volunteers.

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Government. Participants must attend both training sessions in May 2024 to achieve accreditation.

Find out more and register here.

15 October 2023: Heatwave and Bushfire Preparedness Events

SACOSS are hosting regional sessions on how to plan for heatwave and bushfire preparedness. These events are ideal for Village Managers and residents to attend to help prepare for the 2023/24 summer. Sessions will be held in the following locations:

23 October       Mount Gambier/ Limestone Coast
26 October       Mount Barker/ Adelaide Hills
30 October       Nuriootpa/ Barossa
31 October        Kadina/ Yorke Peninsula/ Copper Coast
1 November      Ceduna/ Far West

In each region, there will be a morning session with a broad range of service providers, and an afternoon session for community members.

If you are interested in attending please click here.

3 October 2023: New courses – Palliative Care Connect – New Statewide Palliative Care Navigation Service

SA Health received a grant from the Australian Government to pilot an end-of-life service navigation model. The Health Services Programs Branch is now developing and commissioning a suite of services under the name Palliative Care Connect. Palliative Care Connect will assist people to better understand and access palliative care and bereavement supports in South Australia. It will also invest in volunteer coordination and consumer-centric access to information and resources online.

On 9 October 2023 we are launching the first component of Palliative Care Connect which is the Statewide Palliative Care Navigation Service. This launch will allow us to pilot and test service components in the early development phase, and refine aspects in readiness for a formal launch of the entire program in 2024. Palliative Care Navigators (registered nurses and allied health professionals) will be available through the information line to provide information, service linkage, and empower individuals to make choices in alignment with their culture and preferences. Palliative Care Navigators will also support general practitioners, palliative care units, other hospital units and community based teams and SAAS in organising and linking people to appropriate palliative care and relevant community-based services.

To talk to a Palliative Care Navigator, call 1-800-725-548 (PALLI8), Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pmfrom 9 October 2023. Alternatively you can email the Navigators on

The Palliative Care Connect Navigation Service marks a significant step toward improving the palliative care experience for our community. If you would like to meet with our team to discuss this service, please contact the Palliative Care Connect team via email on .

The Navigation Service is the first component of Palliative Care Connect to be implemented and we look forward to your active engagement as we develop this program further.

31 August 2023: New courses – Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA)

The Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) course is a 12-hour accredited, educational course which will teach you how to assist a person aged 65+ who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

This training course is delivered face to face and is therefore only available in South Australia to Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) staff, including personal care workers, team leaders, supervises, coordinators and CHSP volunteers.

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Government. Participants must attend all four training sessions in November 2023 to achieve accreditation.

Find out more and register.

14 August 2023: Early intervention for healthy ageing tender now open for NT

NT PHN is inviting requests for tender (RFT) to deliver early interventions for healthy ageing, slow decline and the ongoing management of chronic conditions in older Territorians. NT submissions will be considered with priority given to applications from Big Rivers, Barkly and Central regions.

Tender applications close 27 August 2023 with successful activities commencing in October 2023. A total funding pool of $800,000 is available for time limited activities delivered by 30 June 2024.

Need more information?

An information session is set for 10 August at 3.30pm to answer questions and offer more information about the process. Register for the session here.

Apply through Tenderlink

For first time users of Tenderlink with NT PHN, a Tenderlink account can be registered here.

For previous users, enter your Tenderlink login details here.

20 July 2023: The ACCPA South Australian team invites all members and stakeholders to participate in Aged Care Employee Day this August. Find out more

18 July 2023: You’re Invited! Networking Lunch for Employers and International Graduates

Port Pirie is gearing up to host 50 international students who are eager to explore work opportunities in the region. Organised by StudyAdelaide, in collaboration with the Local Jobs Program, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North and Port Pirie Regional Council, this visit aims to showcase the diverse career prospects available in Port Pirie, with students also traveling through to Port Augusta as part of the visit.

You are invited to join for the opportunity to meet talented international students and graduates from a range of disciplines in demand locally. Areas of study include health, allied health, teaching, engineering, and project management. This event aims to showcase our region and local opportunities, and connect employers who have skills shortages to highly qualified international final-year students and recent graduates.

Networking Lunch

Date:                   Tuesday 15 August
Time:                   12.00pm-2.00pm
Location:            Port Pirie Sports Precinct, 50 Mary Elie Street, 5540

19 May 2023: Ageing Well community grants

Around $550,000 has been announced for community projects under the Office for Ageing Well 2022-2023 Community Grants program. The full list of grant recipients is
available here.

13 April 2023: South Australia Retirement Villages Amendment Bill Community Consultation (SA)

A reminder that ACCPA members are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2023 before it is introduced to State Parliament. This amends the Retirement Villages Act 2016. This consultation provides an opportunity for stakeholders to consider whether the proposed changes achieve the intent of the review recommendations.

The consultation will close on Friday 19 May 2023 at 5.00pm. For more information, please contact Mark Prosser, State Manager SA & NT or

31 March 2023: New laws to better protect retirement villages (SA)

A draft Amendment Bill has been released of the Retirement Villages Act. Consultation is open until Friday 19 May 2023 and ACCPA will be providing a position on this. The Draft copy and supporting documents can be viewed here:
Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2023
A Guide to the Bill
FAQs
Exit Entitlement Options

ACCPA South Australian Symposium Wednesday 24 May from 9:00am-5:00pm

For Aged Care Board Directors, Executives and Management from across Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Retirement Living and Seniors Housing Providers. This full day Symposium is an opportunity to connect with industry professionals, colleagues and your ACCPA Team in person. Program coming soon!

30 March 2023: Survey feedback from CHSP providers in SA

ACCPA’s Sector Support & Development Team thanks the CHSP providers in SA who recently participated in our survey.  The survey results have given us a greater understanding of the current and future issues faced by CHSP providers.  We have now collated the survey responses to plan how we can best support CHSP providers to transition to the new “Care at Home” program.  ACCPA is planning a number of different ways that it can respond to the top issues that came out from the survey. The major issues identified are workforce, managing finances, preparing for quality audits, serious incident reporting and risk management.  ACCPA currently offers information and training sessions to support providers with some of these issues:

30 March 2023: Survey feedback from CHSP providers in SA

ACCPA’s Sector Support & Development Team thanks the CHSP providers in SA who recently participated in our survey.  The survey results have given us a greater understanding of the current and future issues faced by CHSP providers and what “keeps them up at night”.  We have now collated the survey responses to plan how we can best assist CHSP providers as we transition to the new “Care at Home” program.  ACCPA is planning a number of different ways that it can respond to the top issues that came out from the survey.

The major issues identified are workforce, managing finances, preparing for quality audits, serious incident reporting and risk management.  ACCPA currently offers information and training sessions to support providers with some of the issues identified:

29 March 2023: PHN grants now open for RACFs in metropolitan Adelaide to deliver telehealth

RACFs within metropolitan Adelaide can now apply for grants of up to $7500 ex-GST for the purchase of recommended virtual health equipment for the provision of Telehealth services.  Successful RACFs and their associated primary health care practices will be also offered PHN-supported training and education. Find out more 

22 March 2023: Retirement villages newsletter from SA Office for Ageing Well – March edition

22 March 2023: Territorians urged to vaccinate against measles ahead of Easter

Cases of measles have recently been diagnosed in returned overseas travellers in other Australian states and territories, as well as in New Zealand. The most recent cases of measles in the NT were in 2019, when 31 were recorded. Vaccination is the best protection against measles and help to prevent outbreaks from occurring. Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are required for immunity against measles and are given to children in Australia at 12 and 18 months of age. It is strongly advised the following groups get a measles vaccination:

  • adults who are born after 1966 and do not have two documented vaccinations against measles or evidence of previous measles infection
  • babies over the age of 12 months who have not started their MMR immunisation.

MMR vaccines are free for people who have not already had two doses and the vaccine can be accessed through GPs, community care centres and Aboriginal medical services. You should:

  • check your vaccination status by looking at their Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) records or immunisation record as a child
  • book an appointment with a health provider if you are not fully vaccinated or are unsure if you have had two measles vaccines
  • ensure children are protected against measles
  • encourage others in the community to check their vaccination status.

Learn more

16 March 2023: EOI for a new 60-bed aged care facility for greater Darwin

Expressions of interest (EOI) are open here to build, own, operate, or partner in a new 60 bed residential aged care facility.  The EOI is open to organisations from the aged care sector from across Australia, with providers of specialist dementia services encouraged to apply. The EOI will be open for six weeks, closing on 24 April 2023. 

31 January 2023: Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) is now available to eligible South Australians

A Clinical Guideline for Health Practitioners is available to support health professionals to understand their obligations under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 when providing care and support to people accessing VAD.

A patient information booklet is available to give people considering voluntary assisted dying, their families, friends and other members of the community with information about the processes and safeguards in place to access voluntary assisted dying in South Australia.

The SA Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator Service and the SA Voluntary Assisted Dying Pharmacy Service are supporting access to VAD.

The SA Health website is updated regularly with information about the VAD pathway, eligibility criteria, conference recordings, FAQs, communiques, information for people considering voluntary assisted dying, medical practitioner information and Review Board information.

If your organisation is interested in an in-service presentation, please contact

Grant of up to $50,000 now open to smaller not-for-profits

Small to medium not-for-profit groups can now access a pool of up to $1 million in Government and sustainability grants. The funding opportunity offers one-off grants of up to $50,000Deadline for applications 23 March at 3:00pm. Further details can be found via DHS – Governance and Sustainability Grants 2023 

21 November 2022: End of legislated COVID-19 pandemic directions

Legislated COVID-19 pandemic directions for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) will expire as of 12.01am Wednesday, November 2022. SA Health has highlighted that vaccines continue to be important in managing the risk related to COVID-19 in high-risk settings such as residential aged care, but this will now be the responsibility of individual providers. SA Health has a ‘Residential Aged Care’ version of a vaccine policy based on one that was recently introduced for SA Health staff.

18 November 2022: SA Health implements updated workplace vaccine policy

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton, says following broad consultation SA Health has introduced an updated workplace vaccine policy which outlines the minimum standards of immunity that SA Health employees must have to certain preventable diseases as broad hospital mandates end. The revised policy is mandatory for SA Health employees and comes into effect on Friday 18 November 2022 – providing long-term clarity on vaccine requirements for staff to help minimise the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 and influenza. It applies to all SA Health services, including hospitals, ambulance services, disability and aged care sites. Find out more information in the Media Release. 

Report into the review of the Retirement Villages Act

The latest edition of the Office for Ageing Well Retirement Villages Unit Newsletter has provided an update into the review of the Retirement Villages Act.
A copy of this newsletter can be downloaded here. 

Rainbow Horizons – inclusive end of life care + planning

COTA SA, through its Rainbow Hub, is delivering the Rainbow Horizons Project, in partnership with Office for Ageing Well. Visit Costa to find out more.

Registory of Senior Australians (ROSA) releases first Outcome Monitoring System Report

ROSA, a clinical Quality Registry that evaluates outcomes of people in residential age care, has released its first Outcome Monitoring System (OMS) report with two components. The ROSA OMS is a pragmatic and low burden quality and safety monitoring and benchmarking system developed to support evidence-based quality and safety improvement.  The ROSA OMS was built from a collaboration between ROSA, aged care providers and peak bodies, clinicians and consumer representatives. Between 2018 and 2020 over 26,600 South Australians were registered in ROSA.

SA Virtual Care Service for RACFs

The South Australian Virtual Care Service (SAVCS) uses video telemedicine technology to in-reach into homes including RACFs, from a multi-disciplinary team of Emergency Consultants, General Physicals, senior nurses and paramedics, connecting you within 15 minutes of a referral. The service works collaboratively with partners across the acute and primary care continuum to deliver coordinated care pathways. SAVCS is available every day of the year, from 8am to 10pm. You can find out more at SA Virtual Care Service | SA Health and register your facility for access to Virtual Care here: