Charity red tape will grow if COAG doesn't act

State and territory governments should refer their charitable reporting functions to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) to avoid the very real possibility of ballooning charity red tape.

Catholic Health Australia, the nation's largest group of not-for-profit hospitals and aged care services, welcomed the scaling back of powers for the ACNC revealed in legislation released late Friday. The legislation will be examined by a Parliamentary Inquiry.

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Guide for Governance assists leaders of Church ministries

A new book launched in Canberra yesterday will serve as a valuable resource for Catholic health and aged care services as lay people are called upon to serve in leadership roles that were previously held by religious and priests.

The Guide for Understanding the Governance of Catholic Health and Aged Care Services was produced by Catholic Health Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia. Representatives of all three organisations were present for yesterday's launch.

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60,000 avoidable hospital admissions costs taxpayers $2.3 billion

An Australia-first study has found 500,000 people could avoid chronic illness, $2.3 billion in annual hospital costs could be saved, and the annual number of taxpayer-funded Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions could be cut by 5.3 million.

The study, The Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health, reveals avoidable chronic illness costs the Federal Government $4 billion each year in welfare payments and the national economy $8 billion in lost earnings.

Click here to read the study's findings.

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Deferred charity regulation opportunity to cut red tape

The Federal Government's deferral of mooted changes to not-for-profit law provides time for State and Territory Governments to rethink their resistance to creating a genuine National not-for-profit regulator.

Welcoming the Federal Government's decision today to delay new not-for-profit governance and reporting requirements until 2013, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) thanked Ministers David Bradbury and Mark Butler for acting in response to problems that rushed regulatory change of not-for-profit law would have created.

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Catholic health leader addresses Vatican conference

The chair of the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board has addressed a Vatican conference about the physical and spiritual care of people with visual impairment living in Australia.

Tony Wheeler was one of several international speakers invited to the conference, hosted by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, to describe efforts to improve the visual health of people in their home countries.

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Budget delivers surplus by cutting hospital beds

The Gillard Government has fulfilled their promise of a Budget surplus by slashing spending on sub-acute hospital beds.

Last month, Catholic Health Australia gave its support to the aged care reforms announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Ageing Mark Butler, and the Budget tonight confirmed the funding mechanisms for those reforms.

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CHA, ACU award grants for professional development

Catholic Health Australia and Australian Catholic University last week awarded a second round of 10 grants of $2,500 each for professional development for nurses and midwives working in Catholic hospitals, taking to $50,000 the total investment in a program launched last year.

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Predicted shortfall of 110,000 nurses doesn't surprise sector

While today's prediction of a shortfall of almost 110,000 registered and enrolled nurses by 2025 won't surprise those who work in health care, Health Workforce Australia's Health Workforce 2025 report should be a wake-up call for consumers and government.

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Efforts continue to address health inequity in Australia

Some of Australia's leading experts on the social determinants of health gathered in Hobart today to endorse legislation that would see the Tasmanian Government adopt a "health in all policies" approach to try to solve the problem of health inequity.

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Aged care access, choice and sustainability will be improved

More older Australians will be able to receive aged care in their own home, and sustainability of residential aged care services will improve, but the success of today's aged care reform proposals will be determined by the willingness of Government to allow its new implementation council to deliver real reform.

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Palliative care must reach society's most vulnerable and marginalised

Someone living with a disability, mental illness or in prison is just as entitled to receive quality care at the end of their life as any other member of the population, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has argued in its submission to a Senate Inquiry into palliative care.

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