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  • Barbara Stewart NZ First MP

    NZ First spells out its priorities for aged care

    9 February 2016

    *Liam Butler interviews Barbara Stewart MP NZ First about New Zealand's aged care and retirement sectors.*

  • Lake Rotorua

    Rare opportunity for dementia design enthusiasts

    9 February 2016

    As work continues on New Zealand's first dementia village in Rotorua, people will get the rare opportunity to hear from the founders of the renowned dementia village De Hogeweyk in The Netherlands, which inspired the New Zealand version.

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    "We must prevent another healthcare experiment"

    2 February 2016

    Liam Butler interviews health reforms researcher Ian Cowan.

  • David Matthews

    Why did Govt cancel the 2018 Disability Survey?

    2 February 2016

    Liam Butler interviews David Matthews Chief Executive CCS Disability Action.

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    How not to sacrifice long-term outcomes for short-term gains

    2 February 2016

    *Liam Butler interviews leading occupational therapist Dr Elizabeth Pritchard.*

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    Third Melbourne site for Ryman

    2 February 2016

    Ryman Healthcare continues to expand its Australian operation, yesterday announcing the purchase of its third retirement village site in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

  • Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga

    New Heath of Older People Strategy underway

    17 December 2015

    A new national Health of Older People Strategy is currently being developed. The strategy will sit under the New Zealand Health Strategy, which is under redevelopment.

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    Calls for better palliative care funding

    15 December 2015

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) has called on the Government to improve palliative care funding for rest homes.

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    E-Edition: The future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand

    4 December 2015

    It was an interesting exercise collating the contributions for this publication. We sought the opinions of many: politicians and government agencies; unions; retirement village operators and aged care providers; residents; and peak body associations for retirement villages, aged care, home and community support, and disability sectors all had their say about what will significantly impact on the future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand.

  • Graeme Osborne Director National Health IT Board

    eHealth lighting the way for New Zealand healthcare

    25 November 2015

    Liam Butler interviews Graeme Osborne, Director National Health IT Board. 

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    Pay Equity Working Group meets

    18 November 2015

    Ministers Paula Bennett and Michael Woodhouse have announced the formation of the Pay Equity Working Group and say the first meeting of the group marks "an important milestone".

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    Events all over country for Stop PI Day

    17 November 2015

    Thursday 19th November is Stop Pressure Injury (PI) Day. This year the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) is partnering with the Ministry of Health, ACC, Health and Quality Safety Commission and First Do No Harm to bring awareness to pressure injuries and the effect they can have on a person's health and wellbeing, and has events and awareness campaigns planned from Auckland to Invercargill to help get the message out there.

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    Innovation key to transforming workforce

    4 November 2015

    Industry bodies, union representatives, government officials, international experts and education providers all came together at this week’s Careerforce Workforce Development Conference in Wellington to discuss a topic of great importance: the development of New Zealand’s health, social and community services workforce. All agreed a large, competent and valued workforce is required to effectively meet the needs of New Zealand’s growing ageing population, and delegates grappled with how to meet this challenge.

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    Govt announces approach to tackling equal pay issues

    20 October 2015

    In a series of announcements today, the Government has outlined its intentions to address pay equity issues in all industries, as well as entering negotiations to settle pay rates of care and support workers.

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    Prime Minister’s announcement on equal pay

    14 October 2015

    The Prime Minister is expected to issue a statement next week about how the Government intends to address the mounting issues around equal pay.

Latest Issue

December 2015
  • Jude Barback

    Editorial: An early Christmas present

    It was an interesting exercise collating the contributions for this publication. We sought the opinions of many: politicians and government agencies; unions; retirement village operators and aged care providers; residents; and peak body associations for retirement villages, aged care, home and community support, and disability sectors all had their say about what will significantly impact on the future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand.

  • Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga

    Meeting demand in aged care

    Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga outlines the measures the Government is taking to ensure the appropriate quantity and quality of care for older New Zealanders.

  • Maggie Barry

    Growing an age-friendly New Zealand

    Maggie Barry says we need to ensure our communities are ‘age-friendly’ as our older population continues to grow.

  • Diane Maxwell

    The importance of preparing financially for retirement

    Diane Maxwell says New Zealanders need to get better at preparing financially for their retirement.

  • Simon Wallace

    Sector faces unprecedented challenge

    Simon Wallace is keen to see the Equal Pay case resolved and says if the NZACA is to reach agreement with the union on pay levels for workers, it needs to receive a commitment from the Government that it will meet the extra cost to providers. 

  • John Collyns

    Retirement villages are part of the solution

    John Collyns believes retirement villages play an important role in meeting the needs of New Zealand’s ageing population.

  • Julie Haggie

    Home and Community Support sector undergoing transformation

    Julie Haggie says “grown-up contracting behaviour by funders and providers” is needed to help achieve her vision for the community support worker role.

  • Garth Bennie

    At the intersection of aged care and disability

    Garth Bennie discusses what will likely influence how the aged care sector interacts with people with disabilities in the future.

  • Victoria Brown

    Stop sidelining smaller aged care providers

    Victoria Brown says many policies are focused on directing older people away from long-term residential care, to the detriment of the smaller providers.

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    Why equal pay is all about care and respect – and why the bill needs to be paid.

    Alastair Duncan says it’s about time aged care workers were paid appropriately for the work they do.

  • Julian Cook

    We are a people business

    Julian Cook says attracting and retaining quality staff is critical to aged care and retirement living.

  • Earl Gasparich

    Using the ORA to our advantage

    Earl Gasparich believes that a solution to the aged care funding crisis exists in the merging of the retirement village and aged care business models.

  • Grainne Moss

    Changing models of care

    Gráinne Moss says the cost pressures related to an ageing society are likely to result in innovative solutions that require a more ‘user-pays’ approach to care options.

  • Brien Cree

    The aged care funding model: it’s time for a change

    Brien Cree says that in the absence of increased government funding, there should be the option for people to contribute to the cost of their care, thereby introducing a co-funding model.

  • Bill McDonald

    Catering for the future resident

    Bill McDonald says we need to meet the changing tastes and expectations of the future residents of New Zealand’s aged care and retirement facilities.

  • Val Thomson

    Residents’ voice needs to be heard

    Val Thomson and Imelda Corby stress the importance of residents having a say in industry decision-making as the retirement village industry moves forward.

  • Ray Lind

    Building a competent workforce

    Ray Lind believes that having a competent and skilled workforce to meet the increasingly complex needs and numbers of our aged population is crucial.

  • Tom OConnor

    Time for Commissioner for the Aged

    Tom O’Connor says older people often don’t know what services and facilities are available to them nor how to access them.