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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Momentum for aged care reform is unstoppable

The leading organisation representing older Australians and the largest network of Church aged care providers in the country say there is a strong sense of unity among the aged care sector and the momentum for reform is unstoppable.

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Community service ministers must act on adoption this Friday

Catholic Health Australia is urging the community services ministers of all states and territories to use their meeting later this week to outline concrete steps to implement key recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into past adoption practices and continue the healing process.

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National apology for past adoptions first step towards healing

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has endorsed this afternoon's key recommendation of the Senate Inquiry report into past adoption practices that proposes a national apology, and has called on state and territory government community services ministers to adopt the Senate's action plan when they meet on March 30.

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Time for state governments to offer adoption policy apology

A Senate Inquiry report into past adoption policies to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow should recommend all state and territory governments in Australia acknowledge that ongoing pain has been caused for many as a result of past adoption policies, and that a national government apology is needed as part of the healing process for many affected people.

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Study raises doubts over sustainability of aged care

A comprehensive study into the costs of building and operating aged care facilities has revealed a funding deficit of up to $62 per bed per day for operators of Australian aged care homes and casts doubt over the sustainability of the aged care sector under the current system.

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Pacific Islands Forum urged to address health disparities

The head of Australia's largest network of non-government health services will this week call on the Pacific Islands Forum to follow the lead of the European Commission and work on an international basis to address the major factors that contribute to people's prospects of a healthy life.

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Aged care must be next in line for roadmap

Catholic Health Australia is pleased to see Mental Health and Ageing Minister Mark Butler today issue a draft "roadmap" for mental health reform over the next 10 years, and now waits eagerly for a similar way forward to be presented for aged care reform.

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