Source: Australian Ageing Agenda | Reporter: Judy Skatssoon
Aged care providers have been asked what changes could be made to improve the relationship between the aged care system and disability services as part of the royal commission’s exploration of young people in residential care.View online share
Sometimes the outcomes of a project have impact far beyond what was planned or anticipated. The Participant Led Videos project that we rolled out earlier this year was one such case. Our Clinical Practice Lead, Cath Bucolo, shares her reflections:
I’ve been working in the fields of acquired brain injury, rehabilitation, disability and advocacy for more than 20 years. But, surprisingly, it’s only recently that I’ve come to fully appreciate the lack of opportunity people with disability have to work out what’s really important to them, to find their voice, and be really heard.
Applications are open for Summer Housing apartments in quality new developments in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba and Sydney suburb of Rockdale.
The winners of the two $5000 2018 Allen Martin Scholarships have been announced.
Clinical neuropsychologist and Monash University Research Fellow, Dr Kate Gould (pictured above, left), received a scholarship for her Australian first research to help protect people with acquired brain injury (ABI) from cyber scams
“This will be the first study to investigate how common cybercrime is for individuals with ABI,” Dr Gould said. “We will look into the types of cybercrime experienced and factors which may contribute to this vulnerability.”
She said understanding, preventing and effectively managing the impact of cybercrime had the potential to enhance quality of life for people with ABI by maximising their safety and confidence in accessing the internet, email, social media and other online activities.
Danielle Sansonetti (pictured above, right), an occupational therapist and senior clinician at the Alfred Health ABI Unit, will look at ways to optimise independence for individuals with ABI through successful application of daily routines after they transition to the community.
This will assist clinicians to better understand those interventions that can be applied in rehabilitation in order to achieve clinically important long-term outcomes.
“Investigation of an individual’s ability to maintain their daily routines in the community following discharge from residential rehabilitation will provide clinicians with important information around the factors that contribute to long-term sustainability of routines in the community,” she said.
About 40 people attended the Allen Martin Memorial Lecture and scholarship announcement on 14 November.
The lecture was presented by Professor Fary Khan, who discussed the “evolving role of rehabilitation in global health”.
The Allen Martin Research Scholarships are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kew and Robinson Gill lawyers.
ROYAL COMMISSION UPDATE
In September Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care.
The commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019.
We are very pleased that young people in residential aged care and the issues related to this group are a high and early priority for the Royal Commission. You can read our briefing paper about the Royal Commission here.
To see how the Summer Foundation can support you or a family member to have your say at the Royal Commission click here.
Or you can contact the Royal Commission at: agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx.