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19 June 2024: Survey request – ‘Move it May’ campaign 

A Message from the WA Health Department – On behalf of the Older Person Health Network and the WA Falls Management Special Interest Group – Falls Health Promotion Working Group, we would like to extend our thanks for your involvement and contribution to the Move It May campaign. ACCPA WA is a Member of this Special Interest Group and have been contributing regularly to the meetings of the group.

The campaign was created to address the issue of deconditioning in patients and residents. Move It May aimed to educate and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity in preventing deconditioning and reducing the incidence of falls.

In collaboration with the Older Person Health Network and the Communications Team, the Falls Health Promotion Working Group developed a suite of resources. These resources, which include activities for staff and patients, as well as a variety of educational materials and links, can be utilised beyond the campaign. We encourage you to continue to access the resources here.

The Older Person Health Network and Falls Health Promotion Working Group are committed to continuing falls prevention efforts throughout the year, with the “No Falls November” being the next campaign. Your feedback and evaluation of these campaigns are crucial for their effectiveness and improvement. A survey has been created to capture the feedback of those involved in the Move It May campaign. If you could please complete the survey by 15/06/2024 at 11:59 pm.

If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ruth Metcalf at ACCPA WA at .

30 May 2024: Consultation Draft of the Retirement Villages Amendment Bill

The Consultation Draft of the Retirement Villages Amendment Bill was released approximately 2 weeks ago. After the bill sitting within Parliament for some time the industry was only given a short timeframe to provide a response, with submissions closing on 24 May 2024.

Key points from the Amendment Bill included the following:

  • The introduction of 12 month buybacks of former resident homes;
  • Further disclosure including the creation of Community Arrangement Statements and Prospective Cost Documents
  • Property Condition Reports to be undertaken
  • Mandatory Capital Maintenance Funds and Capital Works Plans to be initiated
  • Daily Accommodation Payment assistance to residents who transition across to aged care,

With the assistance of our WA members, ACCPA was able to produce a submission that met the timeframes and covered off our concerns of the Bill.

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 9:30am
  • South Australia 25 June at 3pm (note new date)
  • Western Australia 26 June at 9am
  • New South Wales and ACT 27 June at 12pm

WA State Conference (Perth) – 27 to 29 May 2024

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17 May 2024: Perron  Institute, University of Western Australia and Department of Health WA

The Perron Institute, University of Western Australia and Department of Health WA are conducting an online survey to guide future funding decisions regarding palliative care and end-of-life services in aged care. 

Anyone who is currently employed by a Residential Aged Care Facility in Western Australia is invited to complete the online survey and share it with their colleagues. We would love to hear from as many people as possible. 

The online survey should only take 15 minutes to complete and closes on 31 May 2024.

The link to the online survey is here.

29 April 2024: Move It May

The Older Person Health Network – WA Falls Management Special Interest Group are pleased to introduce you to the Move It May campaign.

Following on from the success of the ‘No Falls November’ campaign, the Falls Health Promotion Working Group have created a ‘Move It May’ campaign for May 2024, to continue awareness raising efforts surrounding falls in hospitals and residential aged care facilities. ‘No Falls November’ focused on a variety of factors contributing to increased falls incidents.

‘Move It May’ plans to educate and raise awareness specifically about the importance of physical activity for preventing deconditioning and the incidence of falls.

There is a suite of resources available for both clinicians and consumers. These resources include activities for staff and patients, as well as a range of educational materials and links. We have included a list of activities that you can use to engage patients/residents in your ward.

If you have any feedback or queries, please contact

10 April 2024 – Two new booklets launched to help people navigate the challenges of a life-limiting illness

Palliative Care WA, in association with an expert panel of palliative care professionals, has launched a revision to the popular Palliative Caring booklet and a new companion booklet called My Palliative Care.

These WA-specific resources have been developed by Palliative Care WA through sector consultation and in recognition of the need for two tailored, consumer-centric booklets.

The booklets provide information to support families and carers as they negotiate the often-uncharted waters of caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness, and for individuals on the palliative care journey themselves.

Palliative Care WA CEO Lenka Psar-McCabe said the booklets are free and have been made possible through funding via the Greater Choices for at Home Palliative Care, an Australian Government initiative implemented by WA Primary Health Alliance in WA (WAPHA).

“We are very grateful to WAPHA for their very generous funding of these two resources for the WA community,” Lenka said.

“Palliative Care WA first produced Palliative Caring, a comprehensive and cross-sector publication, in 2018. The project created a catalyst to work more closely with service providers, clinicians and community.

“Over the years the booklet has undergone multiple revisions, always with the goal of improving the resource for those caring for loved ones receiving palliative care.

“I believe that this latest version with its new chapters and revisions, and the new My Palliative Care, has captured well what was intended at the outset of the rewriting project and I thank the expert panel of palliative care professionals who reviewed, edited and re-wrote sections, including Tish Morrison from WAPHA, Andrew Allsop from Silverchain, Jenny Monson from Busselton Hospice, Bernadette Nowak from Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service, Sonje Allegretta from Palliative Care WA, and former PCWA CEO Lana Glogowski.

“I would like to thank members of the WAPHA CaLD and LGBTQIA+ consumer reference groups who reviewed and endorsed the booklets.

“We at Palliative Care WA feel incredibly privileged to be the custodians of this information and bring to life the shared knowledge of the sector partners.”

Sections of the Palliative Caring booklet cover a variety of topics to support and guide families and carers through the palliative caring journey. These include hoping for the best and planning for the rest, the role of a carer, what is palliative care, planning and decision-making, caring at home, rural and remote considerations, last days of life and death and bereavement.

My Palliative Care includes similar topics but with an emphasis on helping people make informed decisions that reflect their personal needs and circumstances as they approach this part of their lives. It presents options to consider and references a range of services and supports that might be helpful.

To obtain copies of these helpful booklets, please contact Palliative Care WA via or on 1300 551 704.

To download a copy of each booklet, visit https://palliativecarewa.asn.au/about-us/news/

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PCWA CEO Lenka Psar-McCabe (far right) with other members of the expert panel (from left) Sonje Allegretta, Tish Morrison, Andrew Allsop, Bernadette Nowak and Jenny Monson.

26 March 2024 – Aged Care Consumer Survey

The Perron Institute have collaborated with the Department of Health to better understand people’s exeriences with palliative and end-of-life care in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) and nursing homes across Western Australia.

If you had or know of a family member or friend die in an aged care facility in Western Australia between 2021 – 2024 they want to hear from you.

Survey closes 30 April 2024. Access the survey here.

15 January 2024 – Priority pathology tests in the home, with new partnership between Silverchain and ACL

A new partnership between Australia’s leading home care provider Silverchain and renowned pathology company Australian Clinical Labs (ACL) means pathology tests can be done at home more easily through a priority service initiative.

The priority at-home service will initially be provided to Silverchain’s eligible clients in Western Australia, ahead of a national rollout of the service for clients in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Read more

30 November 2023 – Launch of Round 2 of the Charge Up Grant

The WA Government is encouraging the spread of electric vehicle chargers by co-funding about 50% of their cost with $15 million of grants. Please see the Brightwater Care Group case study who received this grant in Round 1. You can download the Factsheet for more information.

Round 2 is open until 3 May 2024 and includes DC chargers in addition to the AC chargers funded in round 1. Anyone successful in round 1 can apply in round 2.

Similar to round 1, they have a promotion toolkit with content suggestions for newsletters and direct mail, social media tiles and posts and a link the attached fact sheet.

11 September 2023 – Dementia Symposium

Alzheimer’s WA is excited to announce the upcoming 2023 Dementia Symposium, a highly anticipated event for practitioners and Change Champions in the field. Taking place on Wednesday, October 11th at the Perth Convention Centre, this year’s symposium will explore the theme of “Dementia and the Next Decade – Maintaining Dignity Throughout the Journey”.

For more information about the event click here.

7 September 2023 – Future of Aged Care in Western Australian breakfast

Join ACCPA State Manager WA, Liz Behjat, at the Future of Aged Care Breakfast on Friday 20 October 2023 at the Grand Ballroom Crown Perth. Find out more and register here

7 September 2023 – Dementia training survey

Dementia Training Australia in collaboration with the WA Centre for Rural Health have designed a short survey (10-15 minutes) to better understand how dementia training can best meet the needs of regional, rural and remote health care workers. If you are located in a regional, rural or remote area of Australia and as part of your usual work, deliver care or services to people living with dementia, we would value your input. Click here to complete the survey.

All participation is voluntary and responses will be kept confidential.

See: Survey Flyer and  Participant Information Form for more information.

17 August 2023 – ACCPA in the regions – WA Great Southern Tour

ACCPA is reaching out to providers in the Great Southern regions of WA with a series of events in September. View agenda for each of the two hour sessions.

  • Narrogin – 18 September
  • Albany – 19 September
  • Manjimup – 20 September
  • Bunbury – 21 September

To attend, RSVP by email to by 13 September.

17 August 2023 – Free seniors education talks

The Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (NSCLC) have a dedicated legal and advocacy unit called The Older People’s Rights Service (OPRS) for older people throughout Western Australia who are at risk of or experiencing elder abuse.

They are excited to offer older people in the community free peer education talks. Their peer OPRS volunteers are trained in topics on elder abuse, ageism and self-advocacy. 

For more information view their flyer and book by emailing the completed booking request form to

 14 August 2023 – Expo Success in Western Australia

The ACCPA Care & Ageing Well Expo in Perth last weekend was visited by over 2,300 people – its highest ever attendance. One couple said to State Manager, Liz Behjat “We come every year, because every year our needs change and we can rely on this event to be able to discuss all the options”.  As well as exhibitors, the consumer audience also had talks on star ratings, cyber security, estate planning, health and wellbeing. Thank you to our sponsors, speakers,
exhibitors and other participants for making the event so successful.

    

7 August 2023 – The State Manager, Liz Behjat, was invited to several residential aged care facilities to spread appreciation and recognition to the staff members for Aged Care Employee Day. 

Meeting the team at Villa Terenzio, joined by Residential Care Manager Eileen Johnstone and acting CEO Dean Dzukleski.
The team at MYVISTA – Mirrabooka, joined with Residential Care Manager Sarah Saeedi.
At Amaroo Village cooking up a BBQ with CEO Lisa Brennan.
The team at Chung Wah Association with CEO and 2023 Senior Australian of the Year, Theresa Kwok.
Meeting the team at Astley Care, joined with CEO Mark Gummer.

2 August 2023 – Amana Living Opens $32 million Kinross Care Community 

A new hub for aged care accommodation and services in Perth’s northern suburbs was officially opened in Kinross yesterday (1 August) by not-for-profit provider Amana Living.  Read more about their new hub here

5 July 2023 – Introducing Vacant Beds: A better way for aged care placements in WA

WA health service providers are prioritising efficient patient flow and discharge planning across the hospital system, and an exciting new initiative for the aged care sector is promising to alleviate one of these pressure points. Vacant Beds is a one-stop-hub for hospitals to find the latest aged care vacancy information and is now live and being utilised by hospital staff. Watch the video on Vacant Beds. 

The program brings WA’s aged care providers into one central portal, where aged care bed availability is current and reliable. The aim is to support discharge nurses in finding a suitable bed for a senior patient and alleviate the current cold calls, and multiple and out-dated spreadsheets. For the sector, more reliable bed information will translate to increased occupancy and improved outcomes for your residents who we know do better in residential care than in hospitals.

If you have beds available, register your organisation with the service today!

The link above will take you to a blank registration page.  Once you have registered your organisation, upload your vacancy information via the template spreadsheet provided into the Vacant Beds portal.

Hospital staff then log-in, enter the desired location, set a target radius along with any other relevant filters like room requirements then click ‘search’.  They will be shown the most relevant room vacancies – ready for their patient and their family to choose from. Once a room has been chosen, they will contact you via the details you provided to Vacant Beds.

20 July 2023 – Aged Care Employee Day 2023

The ACCPA Western Australian team invites all members and stakeholders to participate in Aged Care Employee Day this August. Find out more

3 April 2023 – New Signature Care RACF

WA State Manager Liz Behjat attended the opening of a brand new Residential Care Facility in Singleton on Monday. Operated by long-standing ACCPA Member Signature Care, who already have a number of facilities operating in NSW, QLD, and VIC, this is the first of 3 facilities they plan to open in WA. This state of the art facility will provide employment for 170 local people and offers stunning private rooms and ensuites, including interconnecting rooms for couples. They are also offering a dedicated general dementia and memory support wing. Singleton is a beautiful beach location, approximately 60 kilometres south of Perth. 

15 November 2022 – ACCPA Member named WA Senior Australian of the Year

ACCPA is pleased to share that one of our WA Members, CEO of the Chung Wah Association, Theresa Kwok, was last night named the WA Senior Australian of the Year. Chung Wah is a very well-known Chinese community association in WA that has been around for over a hundred years. The Chung Wah Association run a very successful and incredibly popular Home Care and Day Care Respite service for the older Chinese community members with over 800 people registered with their service. Congratulations Theresa Kwok and thank you for your hard work and commitment to aged care in your local community. 

4 November 2022 – WA Covid State of Emergency ends 12.01am Friday 4 November 2022

From 12.01am Friday 4 November, all WA COVID-19 Directions cease, including the COVID-19 vaccination Directions and Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements from that time, although healthcare facilities and businesses may implement their own health and safety policies should they choose to.

Providers are encouraged to maintain a strong visitor screening policy and ensure a worker vaccination policy is in place to meet their OH&S obligations. Resources can be found at the Staff Vaccination Support Service website