Brain-bulb

The links between loneliness and dementia

CAROLINE BARTLE says the time is right to campaign for funding to tackle loneliness as a way of moderating risk factors that delay the onset of dementia.

Top5 2025

Healthcare in 2025: Exploring new care delivery models

RON EMERSON discusses the increasing role that telehealth will play in New Zealand’s healthcare system.

Pay-equity

The case and its consequences: Implications of the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case

JUDE BARBACK analyses the twists and turns of the case so far, and the far-reaching ramifications for aged care and other sectors.

Top5 Best practice

Best practice: Training and staff development

JUDE BARBACK talks to four organisations that are seeing results with changes they have made to their approaches to training and staff development.

Top5 soapbox

On the soapbox … Julie Haggie

Chief executive of Home and Community Health Association JULIE HAGGIE says that moves towards compensating home support workers fairly for the time and cost of travelling between clients is a step in the right direction for the sector.

Latest news and opinion

  • Money clamp

    Opinion: "Pay is not an equality issue - it's a funding one in aged care"

    18 December

    Radius Care Managing Director BRIEN CREE says the continuous under-funding of aged care needs to be addressed.

  • Newspaper

    Arvida Group lists on the NZX

    18 December

    Shares of Arvida Group Limited today began trading on the NZX Main Board following a successful IPO that raised $80 million in new capital to underpin the growth of the new retirement and aged care group.

  • News phone

    Full audit reports for all rest homes to be published

    17 December

    Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that full audit reports for all rest homes will be published online from today in a more reader-friendly format.

  • Ruby and Jo Goodhew

    One Consumer Advocate Influencing Health of Many Older People

    15 December

    ANNA DORSEY talks to Ruby Aberhart (pictured here with Hon Jo Goodhew) about her role of Consumer Advocate for the South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People’s Group (HOPSLA).

  • Wheelchair

    "Now is not the time to discourage training"

    15 December

    The Industry Training Federation calls for Government to better support training for care and community support workers.

  • Kristine Bartlett

    The case and its consequences: implications of the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case

    25 November

    With the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case looking set to proceed to the Supreme Court, JUDE BARBACK analyses the twists and turns of the case so far, and the far-reaching ramifications for aged care and other sectors.

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    Arvida raises $75 million through IPO

    25 November

    New retirement village operator Arvida ─ previously known as Hercules ─ raised $75 million through an initial public offering and is expected to list on the NZX on 18 December.

  • Mary and me

    Person first, dementia second

    25 November

    Bupa's GRAINNE MOSS shares sthe touching story of Bupa employee Kate Burnett and resident Mary.

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    Golden Oldies World Sports Festival

    24 November

    An international Golden Oldies sports event is expected to attract masters age teams and individual from across the world to Christchurch in April 2018.

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    Government winding down Health Benefits Ltd

    24 November

    The Government says it intends to wind down Health Benefits Ltd and shift responsibility for implementing the shared services programme to the District Health Boards.

  • News

    Green Cross to acquire Access Homehealth

    24 November

    One of the largest players in the home-based care sector, Access Homehealth, is set to be sold to primary health provider, Green Cross Health Limited.

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    Rehab fellowship marks collaborative approach to research

    3 November

    Waikato District Health Board has teamed up with Bupa Care Services and the Institute of Healthy Ageing to establish a new research health fellowship in rehabilitation medicine.

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    Healthbots set up home at Selwyn

    3 November

    Following a trial at Selwyn Heights retirement village in 2013, the Selwyn Foundation has now introduced four robotic seals – or healthbots - to promote interaction and provide comfort for residents in Selwyn rest homes.

  • NZmoney

    Solution for aged care sector "not straight forward"

    3 November

    While unions remain delighted with the Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Bartlett v Terranova pay equity case, it would seem that there is no imminent ‘quick fix’ discernible.

  • court gavel

    Appeal Court upholds decision in Bartlett v TerraNova case

    28 October

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Court’s earlier decision on the landmark pay equity case brought by caregiver Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers’ Union (SFWU) against TerraNova Homes and Care.

  • News phone

    Questions raised about seniorshousing.co.nz seminar

    22 October

    A spat between New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) and seniorshousing.co.nz, the organisation behind online publication NZ Aged Care Housing Weekly, has raised questions about an upcoming seminar organised by seniorshousing.co.nz.

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    Spotlight on older women in employment

    22 October

    New research findings on the employment of older New Zealand women is to be presented today in Wellington at the Ministry of Social Development, followed by a panel discussion.

  • Home Maker and Care Partner chat with residents

    Person-centred care a key focus at NZACA conference

    21 October

    Getting away from an institutionalised approach to a more person-centred focus was one of the key messages emerging from the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference, held last week in Wellington.

  • Wheelchair

    New peer mentor programme to help providers with training

    21 October

    Industry training organisation Careerforce has introduced a new Peer Mentor Programme as part of its goal to help facilities build a productive and highly skilled work place.

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    Ranfurly scoops supreme award at the NZACA awards

    21 October

    It was its food that saw Ranfurly Village Hospital triumph in this year’s New Zealand Aged Care Association /EBOS Excellence in Care Awards. 

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    Older people to be more involved in disaster preparation

    13 October

    Marking the launch of International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations and HelpAge International have today released findings of a global survey that reveal older people are often excluded or marginalised in disaster management planning.

  • V Man readingsmall

    Five little things to reduce the risk of dementia

    8 October

    GRAINNE MOSS, managing director of Bupa Care Services New Zealand says most New Zealanders don’t realise they can do something to help prevent developing dementia.

  • News

    Aged care and retirement sectors welcome new Ministers

    6 October

    The health portfolio goes to Dr Jonathan Coleman, according to Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of the National-led Government’s new Ministry.  

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    World’s oldest hip hop group wins award

    1 October

    The oldest Hip Hop group in the world, the Hip Op-eration crew from Waiheke Island, have won the 2014 Age Concern Dignity Champion award.

  • Hands

    New Zealand 10th best country for older person wellbeing

    1 October

    New Zealand ranks tenth out of 96 countries in a global index measuring the wellbeing of older people.

  • Martin Taylor

    Election 2014: Not such a surprise

    22 September

    While the National Party can govern alone, the outcome of the election is not such a surprise, writes NZACA chief executive MARTIN TAYLOR.

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    New retirement village group Hercules set to flex muscles

    18 September

    A new player has emerged in New Zealand’s retirement village and aged care sectors. Nineteen privately owned retirement villages and aged care facilities are considering a proposal to amalgamate ownership under a corporate entity, Hercules Ltd.

  • Nurse travel

    “Win-win” agreement for home support sector

    12 September

    The home and community support sector has welcomed the Government’s announcement today to support an agreement that will see community support workers paid for time spent travelling between clients and fairly reimbursed for travel costs.

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    The carers strategy

    8 September

    The New Zealand Carers’ Strategy Action plan for 2014 to 2018 is a major new strategy that aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of carers.

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    Deaf community will be able to follow live election coverage

    1 September

    The deaf and hard of hearing will be able to follow this year’s election thanks to New Zealand’s captioning and audio description service, Able. The NZ On Air-funded company announced that it will be captioning all political debates and live election coverage on TV ONE.

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    New research reveals Kiwis fear dementia

    1 September

    In new research released by Alzheimers NZ, more than a third of New Zealanders state that dementia is one of the things they fear most about getting older, with 15 per cent fearing dementia more than any other condition, second only to cancer.

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    Movers and shakers

    1 September

    Former Summerset chief executive, and recognised leader of the aged care and independent living sector, Norah Barlow, joined the board of Vigil Monitoring as an independent director on 31 July 2014.

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    Bupa boss a finalist

    1 September

    Managing director of Bupa Care Services Ltd Gráinne Moss has been announced as a finalist in the women working in a management role category at this year’s Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

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    Aged care finally election hot topic

    27 August

    Major political parties finally talk seriously about their plans for aged care in New Zealand.

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    Living well in old age

    6 August

    Quality of life is the general wellbeing of individuals, defined in terms of health and happiness rather than wealth. Quality of life can be confused with the concept of ‘standard of living’, which is based primarily on income.

  • Leaf

    Ministry decides to continue with publication of full rest home audits

    5 August

    Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced today that publication of full rest home audit reports will continue.

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    Improving elderly care through robotics

    4 August

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced it will fund two multi-institutional teams to work collaboratively with Japan on innovative ways to improve elderly care through robotics and human assistive devices.

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    Ryman buys up Tropicana

    3 August

    Ryman Healthcare has bought Tropicana, an 8.92ha farm in Lynfield, reportedly one of the largest privately owned blocks of land in inner Auckland. The land was owned by Bill Subritzky.

  • News phone

    Oceania set to list

    3 August

    Oceania, one of New Zealand’s largest retirement village and rest home operators, looks set to join Ryman Healthcare, Metlifecare, and Summerset and list on the New Zealand stock exchange.

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    Support for aged care funding gains momentum

    1 August

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association’s election campaign, which calls for increased funding for aged care providers, appears to be gaining momentum, as various organisations lend their support to the issue.

Latest Issue December 2014

  • Jude Barback
    ED's Letter Within this issue and other recent INsite articles lie some well-reasoned and clearly articulated opinions on areas within aged care and home and community support services that are in need of more resourcing. Calls to fund an integrated mental health and aged care nurse specialist in the community.
  • Pay equity
    The case and its consequences: Implications of the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case With the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case proceeding to the Supreme Court, JUDE BARBACK analyses the twists and turns of the case so far, and the far-reaching ramifications for aged care and other sectors.
  • Home based care
    Innovation important but consistency crucial – hopes for home-based care JUDE BARBACK talks to Julie Haggie from the Home & Community Health Association about what the home-based care sector hopes will emerge from the New Zealand Productivity Commission’s inquiry into more effective social services.
  • aged care
    Addressing the gap between mental health services and aged care MAX REID draws attention to the growing demand for a service model that addresses the specific needs of older people with both age-related and mental health needs.
  • Best pratice
    Best practice: Training and staff development JUDE BARBACK talks to four organisations that are seeing results with changes they have made to their approaches to training and staff development.
  • Healthcare 2015
    Healthcare in 2025: Exploring new care delivery models RON EMERSON discusses the increasing role that telehealth will play in New Zealand’s healthcare system.
  • Debra Jager
    Let’s snoop around... Home Instead Since introducing INsite’s ‘snoop around’ column, I’ve visited and reported back on many rest homes and retirement villages but never a homecare organisation. Of course, the very nature of home-based care makes it considerably more difficult to ‘snoop around’, but it didn’t stop me from contacting Debra Jager, manager of...
  • Soapbox
    On the soapbox … Julie Haggie Chief executive of Home and Community Health Association JULIE HAGGIE says that moves towards compensating home support workers fairly for the time and cost of travelling between clients is a step in the right direction for the sector.
  • NZACA01
    Conference report New Zealand Aged Care Association annual conference, Wellington, October 2014
  • Todd Perkinson
    Up close and personal with ... Todd Perkinson Jude Barback asks TODD PERKINSON, New Zealand-based chief executive officer of RDNS, about running a trans-Tasman organisation and the challenging funding environment of the home-based support services sector.
  • HonMaggieBarry
    Last word... Maggie Barry The new Minister for Senior Citizens makes her introductions. 
  • Brain bulb
    The links between loneliness and dementia CAROLINE BARTLE says the time is right to campaign for funding to tackle loneliness as a way of moderating risk factors that delay the onset of dementia.