OPAN National Older Persons Reference Group Roundtable Summary

On 3 May 2022, the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) hosted a live roundtable to discuss the upcoming Federal election and key areas the new Government should commit to. Reforms have been identified as necessary in order to strengthen the aged care system to protect the dignity of older people. The key recommendations that emerged included better pay and conditions for aged care workers, putting older people at the centre of aged care reform, providing adequate respite care, a new Aged Care Act and to fix the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Providers Urged to Upgrade to Services Australia’s Aged Care Online Web Services 

Aged Care software developers have just finished upgrading their products, to allow providers to transition to web services. Providers have until 30 June 2022 to transition, as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates will expire on this date and access using Adaptor technology will end.

Wearable Sensing Technology to Improve Wellbeing in Aged Care

Businesses such as Vlepis, Allambie Heights and CARETEQ are working on a $1.48 million project with research teams from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), along with the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN). This project aims to develop and deliver new sensor health monitoring technologies to provide accurate health data to carers. Data would include heart rate, temperature and blood oxygen level. Technology such as this would be a step forward from traditionally manual technologies and increase early detection of health risks.

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