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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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