Action on palliative care provision long overdue

A new report showing a massive increase in the number of Australians accessing palliative care in hospitals again underlines what health and aged care providers have been saying for years: End-of-life care needs funding support as part of ongoing health and aged care reform.

Aged care mustn't be forgotten by hung Parliament

Bipartisan support is emerging to improve access to aged care for older Australians living in poverty, according to the nation's largest network of residential and community aged care providers.

Nation must respond to looming dementia crisis

Catholic Health Australia is joining the call for a greater focus on prevention, research and treatment to fight the country's looming health crisis: Dementia.

CHA apologises for past adoption practices

On 28 September, Catholic Health Australia's chief executive Martin Laverty appeared before a Senate Inquiry into past adoption practices. Mr Laverty issued an apology for the role of Catholic hospitals and health services in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s of promoting and implementing the once widespread public policy of placing the children of some unmarried young mothers in the care of adoptive parents.

Parliament should pass the Hospital Pricing Authority law

Non-government hospitals on average deliver quality services at less cost than government-owned hospitals, and the new Independent Hospital Pricing Authority must work closely with nongovernment hospitals if savings in health expenditure are to be achieved.

Respected obstetrician named CHA Emerging Leader of the Year

A Melbourne obstetrician who has earned a reputation as a leading clinician, teacher and researcher has been recognised with a national award from Catholic Health Australia.

Religious Sister receives lifetime contribution award

Sr Helen Monkivitch, RSM, AO has been recognised by Catholic Health Australia for her contribution to Catholic health and aged-care services as the second recipient of the Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award.

Care and compassion for grieving parents earns national award

Losing any loved one is a cause of grief, but the loss and grief seem more acute for parents who lose children in their first few days of life. A nurse who goes beyond her call of duty to comfort parents has been named Catholic Health Australia's Nurse of the Year.

National award honours treatment for prisoners

Occupational therapy services being provided to patients in a maximum-security jail have been recognised by Catholic Health Australia as a shining example of serving society's poor and marginalised. The program received the Outreach Healthcare Award at last night's CHA awards dinner.

Easing transition for aged care earns national recognition

For many people, the transition from living at home to living in an aged-care facility is a traumatic one. An innovative program to make that transition as easy as possible was recognised with the Leadership in Positive Ageing award at last night's Catholic Health Australia awards dinner.

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