Daughter of man who died after fall at Roy Fagan Centre in 2013 furious at latest care issues

A Tasmanian woman whose father died shortly after breaking his hip at the state’s top mental health facility says she is incensed that it is still experiencing issues years after she first raised concerns. Key points: A coroner recommended the Roy Fagan Centre review its processes around fall risks after Richard Weily’s death An advocacy group said the discovery of a maggot-infested wound that triggered … Continue reading Daughter of man who died after fall at Roy Fagan Centre in 2013 furious at latest care issues

Sick man ‘waited hours’ in Tas hospital

Tasmania’s premier says he was disappointed to hear reports an elderly man with pneumonia waited nine hours on a plastic chair in a hospital emergency waiting room. The Examiner newspaper also revealed it took 30 hours for the 87-year-old to be provided with a bed at the Launceston General Hospital after he presented there last Tuesday. “It was disappointing to read that, and obviously nobody … Continue reading Sick man ‘waited hours’ in Tas hospital

‘Robbed of precious time’: chemical restraints and aged care

Nearly two-thirds of aged care residents are prescribed psychotropic drugs regularly. Questions that must be urgently asked This is part of a series about aged care in Australia Mary’s 85-year-old husband had been in an aged care home for just over a week. He had been getting frailer but was still sharp mentally. However, Mary* became extremely worried when her husband started sleeping all day. … Continue reading ‘Robbed of precious time’: chemical restraints and aged care

Continuity of care in general practice reduces elderly hospitalisations

Better continuity of care in general practice is associated with a lower rate of hospital admissions for certain conditions in the elderly, British researchers have reported. Their study of the linked primary and secondary care records of 230,472 individuals aged 62 to 82 years showed that patients with a higher continuity of care tended to have fewer hospital admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions such as … Continue reading Continuity of care in general practice reduces elderly hospitalisations

Does fear of bad news stop you from visiting the doctor?

There are many reasons people put off seeing the doctor. From time constraints to cost, from the the stereotypical Kiwi (“she’ll be right”) attitude to plain embarrassment. Now a new report from Britain has shown that a third of people who consciously put off seeing their doctor do so for fear of finding out bad news. Kiwis may harbour the same worry, though it’s not as common here, says Bastian Seidel from … Continue reading Does fear of bad news stop you from visiting the doctor?

Adults missing out on free, life-saving vaccinations

Up to 3.8 million Australian adults are missing out on free vaccinations each year, putting themselves at risk of contracting life-threatening, yet preventable infections. The findings are according to a report published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) today (March 27, 2017). The report, entitled Vaccine Myopia, coincides with the launch of the University of New South Wales Vaccine and Infection Research Lab (UNSW VIRL), Sydney … Continue reading Adults missing out on free, life-saving vaccinations

Self-poisoning among the elderly likely to become a “growing problem”: report

Concerns around over-prescribing of drugs, and deteriorating mental health among elderly Tasmanians, have been voiced by health groups. The comments follow a report predicting self-poisoning among older people will likely become a “growing problem” as the population ages. The Self-poisoning by older Australians: a cohort study report, published by the Medical Journal of Australia, found most self-poisoning was intentional. Opioids were most commonly associated with fatal self-poisoning among the elderly, the report found.  Royal … Continue reading Self-poisoning among the elderly likely to become a “growing problem”: report

Welcome changes to aged-care services funding

Older Australians will have greater choice and control over care services to help them to live at home for longer in a major shake-up of provider rules.  The reforms feature “portable” funding, giving consumers the freedom to change providers – and take their funding with them – for services such as personal care, nursing and social support.  Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the changes represented … Continue reading Welcome changes to aged-care services funding

Concerns for aged care residents as they lose access to mental health care plans

Vulnerable Tasmanians in aged care lose access to their mental health care due to a “discriminatory” Medicare loophole.  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president, Tasmanian GP Dr Bastian Seidel, said the loss did “not make sense as moving into residential care is stressful even for patients who do not have a mental illness, never mind for the ones who already suffer from depression and/or anxiety”.  He said residents … Continue reading Concerns for aged care residents as they lose access to mental health care plans

Nursing home residents denied GP mental health treatment plans and psychological therapy

Tens of thousands of elderly Australians are being denied effective public health treatments because they live in nursing homes, with experts labelling it a “disgrace” and “blatantly discriminatory”. A Fairfax Media investigation has revealed the mental health of aged-care residents suffers as a result of widespread neglect that legal and health experts attribute in large part to a “ridiculous” Medicare rule. Former nurse Ronda Gordon Under … Continue reading Nursing home residents denied GP mental health treatment plans and psychological therapy