On 11 February, the CHA membership came together to celebrate the launch of a suite of materials developed in response to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017).The event demonstrated the continued Catholic commitment to providing excellent end of life care and celebrates an historic collaborative effort of CHA services.
On 11 February, CHA has made publically available The CHA VAD Response Taskforce Clinical Governance Recommendations. These recommendations were prepared with input from members and stakeholders across ethics, clinical practice, clinical governance, aged care, hospitals, palliative care, mission, nursing and academics. CHA would like to thank all those who have been involved in this extensive body of work. Please follow this link to access the Clinical Governance Recommendations.
Catholic Health Australia Board Chair Paul Robertson AO has paid tribute to CHA Director Don Neander, saying “Don Neander’s inclusion in the 2019 Australia Day honours list is deserving recognition for his many years of service and leadership in Catholic health and aged care.”
Mr Neander, who lives in Queensland, was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to aged welfare. That includes two years as a director on the Board of Catholic Health Australia.
The Morrison Government’s announcement of an additional 10,000 home care packages is another welcome step towards reducing the queue of older Australians looking to access home care services, Catholic Health Australia CEO Suzanne Greenwood has said.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission which commenced operation on 2 January 2019. Catholic providers of care services have supported the creation of this Commission which was a key recommendation of the Carnell-Paterson Independent Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.