Disability and family carers feature in Budget 2013
New Zealand’s public health services receive the largest increase in funding in this year’s Budget, with an additional $1.6 billion going into Health over four years for new initiatives and to meet cost pressures and population growth.
Sector welcomes additional funding for aged care and dementia but still not enough
Health Minister Tony Ryall’s pre-Budget announcement yesterday that aged care and dementia services will receive a $70 million funding boost over the next four years has been met largely with support from the sector.
Pacific Homecare wins INsite award
Pacific Homecare scooped the pool at the recent 2013 New Zealand Home Health Association (NZHHA) service and quality awards ceremony.
First conference for CANZ
The inaugural Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) conference is taking place on 12th June at Waipuna Lodge in Auckland.
interRAI progress takes ‘political route’
The roll-out of interRAI is becoming increasingly fraught, with a series of tense communications exchanged recently between NZACA chief executive Martin Taylor, co-chair of the interRAI Project Steering Group Chris Fleming, and Assoc. Minister Jo Goodhew.
St John looks to reduce the number of calls to rest homes
St John is looking to decrease the number of callouts to aged care facilities in response to unprecedented pressure on its ambulance service.
Repeat review of the aged care sector
The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) intends to carry out a review of the aged care sector next year. With the government unwilling to support the initiative, the association will fund the review itself.
Committee says no to more funding in residential aged care
No increase in funding for residential aged care providers appears to be forthcoming, according to Parliament’s Health Select Committee’s report in response to the NZNO and SFWU petition to increase funding to the sector.
Retirement village operators’ profits triple
Summerset and Metlifecare boast substantial half-year profits, exceeding IPO forecasts.
Let court of public opinion decide, says PSO
Following the Southern District Health Board’s (SDHB) decision to exclude Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) from its contracted home and community providers, the board of PSO resolved not to commence High Court proceedings against SDHB.
Public private partnership to tackle dementia
Alzheimers Wellington and Elder Family Matters Ltd have formed a partnership to provide a comprehensive range of education programmes supporting quality dementia care for people living with dementia in the wider Wellington region.