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Aged Care Newsletter: May 2017

Newsletter 16 May 2017

In this issue:

  • Managing Digital Information in Aged Care - Is your Organisation Secure?​

    Under the terms of the federal Privacy Act 1988 and other state and territory based legislation, aged care providers and other organisations who deal with sensitive information  are required to take reasonable steps to implement practices, procedures and systems to ensure that they comply with the Australian Privacy Principles and can deal with privacy inquiries or complaints appropriately. Read more >
  • Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 passes - health service providers and aged care providers required to comply 

    The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (the Bill) was passed by the House of Representatives in February 2017. Once the Bill becomes Law, health service providers and aged care providers will be required to comply with the mandatory data breach notification  provisions. With continual advances in technology, providers are increasingly storing personal and sensitive information electronically. Providers should take steps now to review their information handling processes, their storage and security systems, and ensure they are ready to comply with the requirements of the Bill. Read more >
  • Payroll manager held liable for underpayment 

    It is not just the boss who needs to be fearful of the powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman anymore!  Now is the prime time to start reviewing your workplace’s employment documents and ensuring that all employees are being paid the correct rate of pay.  Read more >
  • Findings of the National Aged Care Workforce Report 2016 

     In March 2017 the Department of Health and Ageing  released the National Aged Care Workforce Report 2016.  The Report sets out the findings of research undertaken by the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University on behalf of the Department, based on information obtained from over 4,500 aged care facilities and 15,000 aged care workers as at 2016. This article looks at who is working in aged care and how this has changed, how aged care facilities are changing and emerging issues in the aged care workforce.  Read more >
  • Opportunities for Australian aged care services - export to china market and direct investments by Chinese investors

    There is no doubt that many countries are facing ageing population challenges, including China which has over 18% of the total world population. In 2020, China’s population is expected to reach 1.4 billion, 248 million of whom will be aged 60 years and over. Have you reviewed your organisation’s capabilities and growth strategy in the Chinese market? Read more >
  • Mandatory Reporting Adverse Events in Residential Aged Care 
  • In order to ensure their residents are afforded the appropriate protections, as well as their staff, in the event of an allegation or suspicion of a reportable assault, approved providers should ensure their staff are trained and familiar with the reporting requirements, know to whom within the facility they are able to raise concerns and obtain support, and ensure all are familiar with how to manage adverse incidents, including allegations and suspicions of reportable assaults.  In addition to the training of staff, it is advisable that approved providers have a readily available policy for staff documenting the reporting obligations and the protections available to staff to which staff may refer. Read more >
  • Aged Care Franchisors & Holding Companies may face significant penalties for employee underpayments 

    On 1 March 2017 the Turnbull Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. The legislation supports the Coalition’s pledge during last year’s federal election and is in direct response to investigations into the 7-Eleven chain. The focus of the new laws is to make franchisors and holding companies responsible for exploitation of visa workers and deliberate and serious underpayments made by franchisees and subsidiaries. This article touches on the impact of the recently introduced Bill on franchisors and 'holdings companies'. Read more >
  • Social Media in the Workplace - Are your Tweets in a row?

    The use of social media has exploded over recent years, with at least 8 out of 10 online Australians participating in social media activities. Social media is largely seen as a personal and private matter. The reality however is posts, Snaps and Tweets are not really private and can have consequences. The challenge for employers is to identify when the lines between personal and work cross over, giving the employer the right to take action. Read more >



Newsletter 16 May 2017
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