Issue 5 - May 2011

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From the CEO's desk

Regional Forum

Regretfully we advise that the Regional Forum has had to be postponed until early August. A really good program is being developed which will include a half-day focus on regional sustainability and an array of other interesting topics.

Numbers permitting, we will also for the first time organise an evening dinner so that regional people attending the event have an opportunity to network informally.

So mark the dates in your calendar now – 4th and 5th August. The Forum will commence at about 1pm on 4th August with the regional dinner held that evening. The Forum program will be released by mid-June.


ASU Pay Equity Test Case

EMA consulting has prepared an employer update about the test case. In particular I draw your attention to the Key Findings. As more information becomes available we will of course keep you informed.


Permanent Shift Penalty Payment

Please find attached a letter from EMA consulting for employers, providing a process that can be followed to identify their potential liability from the permanent shift penalty decision. ACS is planning an industry briefing which will be held in early June. Watch out for future notifications about this.


Funding for Nurse Practitioner Models of Practice in Aged Care

The Federal Government, through the Department of Health and Ageing, is currently seeking applications from individuals or organisations to develop, test and evaluate models of practice for nurse practitioners in aged care. Applicants may apply for a total value of up to $700,000 per proposal.

Funding Application Guidelines and the Application Form for the Nurse Practitioner Models of practice in Aged Care initiative are available on the Department’s website at

Organisations must register on the Department’s website to download these documents. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853.

Applications close at 2.00 pm (AEST) on Tuesday 14 June 2011. Click here for the full advertisement.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation (ANMF SA Branch) and ANF (Australian Nursing Foundation) have been active in promoting the important role of nurse practitioners in a range of settings including in the Aged Care sector.

The ANMF (SA Branch), has invited ACS members to contact them for assistance in gaining funding and making these projects a success.

Please contact Adj Ass Professor Elizabeth Dabars, CEO / Secretary
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)
Ph: 8334 1900


Reminder: ACS Committee Nominations

A reminder that ACS is now seeking nominations from interested individuals who are keen to contribute to the committee structure by providing their knowledge, skills and expertise to the five committees which are:

  • Workforce
  • Finance
  • Residential Care
  • Community Care
  • Retirement Living

The Terms of Reference should be read in conjunction with the Explanatory Memorandum, which provides general information relevant to all Committees.  These documents can be found on the ACS website here.

Nominations must be submitted by close of business Friday 3 June 2011. Nomination Forms and supporting information is available on the ACS website here or from Quick Links on the home page.  Please forward your completed nomination to Aged & Community Services SA & NT Inc, 246 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton 5063 or email to .


General News

National report – Federal Budget Issue 254

Federal Budget 2011

Please click on the link below to access the ACSA National Report which provides some detail about the measures in the Federal budget. The contents of the report are self-explanatory.

ACSA National Report Budget Special


Daily co-payment fee for former Prisoners of War and Victoria Cross recipients

From 1 March 2011, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will pay the daily co-payment fee for former Prisoners of War and Victoria Cross recipients who are admitted to a Commonwealth/State Government funded Transition Care program.

To claim this payment, providers should have a Medicare Australia or DVA allocated provider number and meet all requirements of the Aged Care Act

The Claiming Procedure document is available here.

For further information, please contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 1300 550 457 (option 3, option 3).


CALD community education sessions on medicines

National Prescribing Service partners with various different organisations to present in-language community education sessions in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Greek
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Macedonian

The community education sessions will cover the topics of Managing pain and the Safe and wise use of medicines. In these seminars you will learn how to get to know all your medicines — prescription medicines, medicines bought in a pharmacy or supermarket without a prescription, and natural medicines including vitamins and herbs. You will also learn why it’s important to understand when and how to use your medicines, how long to take them and what they are for, and what you should discuss with your doctor and pharmacist before starting a new medicine.

Click here for the dates and venues for the 2011 community education sessions.


NDS Policy Paper - Health and aged care reforms: What they could offer people with disability - April 2011

Changes to the funding and program responsibilities for aged and disability services will be progressively implemented from July 2011. An important aspect of this reform is the establishment of the age of 65 years as the determinant of funding responsibility: the support services provided to people aged under 65 years will be funded by the state and territory governments; and the Commonwealth will fund those services provided to people aged over 65 years.

In this paper, NDS considers two current reforms—the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement and the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health—and proposes initiatives which would help ensure that the opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disability are prioritised. The current investigations by the Productivity Commission on ‘Caring for Older Australians’ and ‘Disability Care and Support’ are not considered in this paper as they have not yet been completed and their recommendations not yet finalised.”

Click here to access the report.


ACS SA & NT Aged Care Awards . . . And the nominees are ...

ACS has been delighted with the response to our 2011 Awards and is pleased to announce the nominees in each of the seven categories:


Don’t miss an opportunity to support your colleagues and celebrate the achievements of your industry at the Awards Night Cocktail Party! Click here to find out more.

Awards Night Cocktail Party


Find out more.


Supporting Australia’s volunteers

The Gillard Government is continuing its support of the nation’s volunteers with $16 million worth of grants now available to not-for-profit organisations. Applications are open for the Volunteer Grants 2011 initiative. Grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help eligible not-for-profit organisations purchase essential equipment, contribute to fuel costs, training courses and background checks. Find out more.


Australians encouraged to nominate for National Disability Awards

Australians are being encouraged to nominate individuals and organisations that make a positive contribution to the lives of people with disability for the fifth annual National Disability Awards. The Awards give recognition to the remarkable achievements of the disability sector and the role models with disability who inspire all Australians. Read more.


This Goes with That- Synergistic Ageing is the title for the 2011 SA Gerontology Conference

This year we have broken with tradition and are moving to the National Wine Centre as a venue. We have some exciting speakers lined up for the day and we are planning some tweaks to our format to offer even more to attending delegates and supporters.

Presenting at the SA Gerontology Conference offers the opportunity to share successes and has led to positive changes in service delivery strategies and opened doors to partnerships and collaborative activities.

Registration for the conference will be available shortly, and you’ll be pleased to know that member and concession rates have not changed since 2006. For updates visit the SAGe 2011 webpage

If you’d like to submit an abstract click on the following link and follow the directions

SA Gerontology Conference Call for Abstracts The closing date for abstracts is May 25 2011



New Resources

Virtual Visiting Resource Kit

Click here for information about a Virtual Visiting Resource Kit which has been developed to assist residential aged care facilities interested in designing and delivering a virtual visiting program. Virtual visiting enables people to see and speak to their families and friends anywhere in the world with the use of video conferencing technology and the internet.

This is a useful resource for organisations interested in establishing such a program to support residents who would otherwise be socially isolated from their families and friends.

If you have any queries please contact Cath Fallon on Telephone: (02) 6289 7773 or Email:


Dementia Risk Reduction Tip Sheet now available in 10 other languages

Alzheimer’s Australia’s “Mind your Mind program” has made available bi-lingual tip sheets on dementia risk reduction.  Although there is still no known cure to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), increasing evidence suggests that a healthier brain lifestyle can reduce the risk in developing AD. 

The tip sheets are available in Chinese, Croatian, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian and Vietnamese.  Versions in Arabic, Assyrian, Lao, Spanish, Turkish are also currently being developed.


TGA launches new website

The Australian community's access to authoritative information about the safety of medicines and medical devices will be greatly enhanced with the launch of a revamped Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website. Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, said the revamped site is designed to clearly explain how prescription, over the counter and complementary medicines, along with medical devices are regulated.


Latest newsletters for the sector

Palliative Care Australia E-Bulletin

Health Alert


Coming Events

Dark Cloud or Silver Lining? Briefing on cloud computing - 31 May

Russell Kennedy and Pitcher Partners invite you to attend our joint briefing on cloud computing – Dark Cloud or Silver Lining?

This session is aimed to assist organisations to understand how cloud computing can be used as a cost-effective means to procure IT services, how it can be effectively integrated within organisations and the practical and legal implications of doing so.

Significantly, representatives of cloud computing vendors, Interactive, Microsoft, and Technology One will participate in the panel.

Russell Kennedy Principal Paul Gleeson and Senior Associate Craig Subocz will also be part of the panel, together with representatives from Pitcher Partners.

This event is being hosted at Pitcher Partners – Level 19, 15 William Street, Melbourne.

Please see attached invitation for full event details, including how to RSVP for this event.


Residential Care Forum 2 June 2011

Have you registered to attend the Residential Care Forum on 2 June 2011? Places are limited and filling fast! Attendance attracts 5 RCNA CNE points!

Don’t miss out on hearing from Experts in Aged Care and an opportunity to network!

ACS Residential Care Committee has put together an exciting Forum of Speakers designed to update frontline staff with the latest information about what is happening in aged care.

The program will commence with ACSA Acting CEO Pat Sparrow who will provide a State of the Nation address as to where aged care reform is at present.

James Saunders from Cook Care in NSW who recently presented at ACS finance forum to ‘rave reviews’ will then present on how to use ‘ACFI to drive your staffing levels’. Rosanne Collins will add further perspective by describing ‘staffing models in practice’.

Members continue to report that ACFI validations can sometimes be stressful –  Linda Kennedy from ACH will present  an insightful and practical presentation on ‘how to manage the ACFI Validation process’.

Compulsory Reporting continues to be an area of concern for members so Lynch Meyer Partner, Sonia Bolzon will update members on Compulsory Reporting including when Providers may be able to use an exception to reporting.

Lunch time presents a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and chat with Sponsors.

After lunch there will be three speakers, Julie Pool, Mark Mastanduono and Jodie Altschwager who will present about different hospital avoidance programs.   

Finally ACS and the Residential Care Committee has pulled off a ‘coup’ by having Adelaide Thinker in Residence, Alexandre Kalache, (Chief, Ageing and Life Course Programs, WHO) to present on ‘Creating a Sense of Community in Residential Aged Care’.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from Dr Kalache!!

Don’t miss out on this exciting must-attend forum! Full Program and registration here.


Aged Care Risk Management Workshop 2011 - It may happen to me! Friday 3 June

Unfortunately, it is only when a catastrophe or disaster happens that many aged care facilities really look at their insurance policies and find that they do not have adequate cover including flood cover or business interruption insurance. This is, of course, far too late.

For the third year running, Aged & Community Services SA & NT and Zurich are again pleased to bring you a risk management workshop that will focus on Zurich’s recent claims history in the aged care industry, what went wrong, what could have been changed and what was out of the control of the aged care facility.

This is timely given the unprecedented number of natural catastrophes that have resulted in great hardship for many people and businesses throughout Australia, with fires, floods, storm, deluge, cyclonic activity the norm rather than the exception.

Suitable for all your employees including decision makers, nursing and maintenance teams within your aged care facility, this insightful interactive workshop will leave you with the tools to have that all important discussion with your insurance broker or to implement changes within your facility to minimise risk.

Presenters: Anthony Pagano, National Aged Care Manager & Glenn Threapleton, Risk Analyst, Zurich Australian Insurance

When: Friday 3 June 2011
Time: Registration 8.15 am-10.30am
Where: Aged & Community Services SA & NT, 246 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton SA 5063
RSVP: or telephone 08 8338 7111 RSVP by: Friday, 11 May 2011

*Lucky door prize - go into the draw for a $100 gift card, drawn at the end of the workshop.


Special ACSA Rate For Ageing Asia Leadership Workshop (Australia) – 10 June 2011

The Ageing Asia Leadership Workshop – Australia is a full-day programme (10 June, Sydney) led by the pioneer of the
‘Ageing in Place: Apartment for Life model’ in The Netherlands.

Dr Hans Becker has successfully used his model and philosophy of human happiness to revolutionise the social and commercial perception of developing, managing and operating nursing homes. His non-profit foundation manages 1,700
apartments, delivering an annual turnover of 100 million Euros.

Participants of the Australian module will benefit from the following key learnings:
• The business of seniors care: Humanitas age-proof seniors housing and care model
• The practical implementation of the Humanitas seniors housing concept in Australia
• Beyond the technical façade of the buildings: instilling liveliness and reducing loneliness
• The engine behind the success of apartments for life: The Humanitas workforce
• Changing mindsets and attitudes towards elder care in Australia

Register now via attached form for ACSA special rates. First 120 participants will receive a copy of Dr Hans Becker’s latest book that explains the ‘Yes’ culture and the Humanitas philosophy of care for seniors (valued at S$95)

To register, please fill out attached form and send it to:


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference – 15 June, full program now available!

My World... Your World... Our World – Free of Elder Abuse

'There's no excuse for abuse – the Legal Link'

Wednesday 15 June 2011, 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Adelaide Convention Centre

The Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) has secured an excellent program with international, interstate and local speakers for the upcoming World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2011 Conference.

FULL PROGRAM now available. Click here to access.


Every Generation Festival 2011

The Every Generation Festival is held throughout the month of October. As a state-wide, intergenerational, inclusive, community-based Festival we work with groups and organisations who hold events to celebrate the lives, achievements and contributions of older South Australians.

COTA Seniors Voice assist by promoting the events on their website and in the print media, providing Festival Posters, providing information and advice when necessary, and through our Subsidy Scheme, where small grants of up to $250 are available to help towards your Every Generation Festival event.

Last year, over 1350 events, large and small, were held across the State to celebrate positive ageing. everygen

For further information please visit.

Every Generation Festival Positive Ageing Awards

The Positive Ageing Awards are the highlight of the annual Every Generation Festival. These Awards recognise and honour individuals or organisations that exemplify positive ageing, and challenge the stereotypes of ageing in our society. The Awards are open to nominations from any member of the community.

This year, there are six categories in the Positive Ageing Awards, and the Nomination Form details the criteria for each Award. We are delighted to launch a new Award this year, sponsored by the Retirement Village Association, the Every Generation Active Lifestyle Award. This Award is open to groups or organisations who encourage older people to stay physically, mentally or socially active.

The 2011 Positive Ageing Awards Presentation Dinner is being held at the InterContinental Adelaide on Tuesday 25 October, and all details are in the Awards Brochure. With up to 250 guests attending each year, the Awards Dinner is open to the public and is a great evening of inspiration and entertainment.

2011 Award Nomination Brochure and
How to nominate for an award

News for Residential Providers

ACFI Queries or Questions

ACS advises members that should they have any queries or questions about ACFI claiming, including 4B claims they should email their queries to:

ACS also advises members to print the reply out and keep the hard copy as evidence should their claim be challenged by Validators.

If you require training on ACFI, please click here for further information.


Member Request

One of our members is considering entering into a lease/management agreement with another aged care provider (not a member) and has asked about what KPIs should be included into the agreement or if another member has experience in this area and could help them.

If you are able to provide information or assistance please contact Carolanne Barkla, Residential Services Manager (PH: 08 8338 7111 or E: and Carolanne will pass the information on to the member.


Residential Care Forum 2 June 2011

The ACS Residential Care Committee recommends that all Nurse Managers, CNs, CNCs, RNs, Directors of Care, Managers and Supervisors attend the Residential Care Committee Forum:

‘Adding the Nuts and Bolts to your Toolkit’
2 June 2011
Stables Ballroom, Morphettville Junction

Key Speakers for the day include:

  • Dr Alexandre Kalache (Thinker in Residence – Chief, Ageing and Life Course Programs, World Health Organization)
  • Pat Sparrow (ACSA)
  • James Saunders (Cook Care – NSW), and
  • Sonia Bolzon (Partner, Lynch Meyer Lawyers)

Other topics will cover Staffing Models, ACFI & the Validation Process as well as presentations from pilot programs / services that can be accessed to prevent hospital transfers.

Don’t miss out on this exciting must-attend forum! Full Program and registration form available here.


Therapeutic Goods Administration Safety Notice

The attached Safety Notice informs Health Services of medical device recalls and product corrections that have been issued by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).


News for Community Providers

Seniors Wise SA

Seniors Wise Sa is a volunteer-based services that:

  • provides information and support
  • raises awareness of a range of ageing topics in the community
  • encourages local businesses to provide senior friendly services

Please click here for the information sheet for Seniors Wise SA.

Monthly information days for volunteers are being held and the next one is Thursday 5th May in the city. Ring 8168 8708 for details or email


VHC Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program Social Assistance

The CVC Program is for Gold Card Holders who are most at risk of being admitted or re-admitted to hospital with chronic conditions. The CVC Program commenced on 1 May 2011. This will include the commencement of the CVC social assistance delivered through the VHC program. See Bulletin for further information.


Retirement Villages Final GST Ruling Released

The Australia Tax Office recently released the final GST Ruling in relation to the development, lease and disposal of a retirement village tenanted under a ‘loan-lease’ arrangement. 

This Ruling finalises the draft GSTR 2010/D1: Goods and services tax interest free loans received by the developer of a retirement village released on 9 June 2010. The Ruling will affect those entities in the retirement villages industry, which develop, sell or purchase retirement villages which are tenanted under the ‘loan-lease’ model and sold for the first time as new residential premises.

The Ruling will apply both before and after its date of issue. However, transitional relief is available to taxpayers who were commercially committed to the development of a retirement village, as described in the Ruling, before 27 April 2011.

An addendum to the Ruling GSTR 2004/9 Goods and services tax: GST consequences of the assumption of vendor liabilities by the purchaser of an enterprise, was also issued to ensure there is no inconsistency between GSTR 2011/1 and GSTR 2004/9.

The final Ruling can be access via the following link GSTR 2011/1 and is also available on the website.


Latest issues paper from the Retirement Living Committee

Click here to access the paper.

Rural and Regional News

FREE high quality Dementia Care Essentials Training in Regional Areas

Achieve national skill recognition, upgrade your existing knowledge and learn new skills. This training is suitable for a side range of workers employed in delivery and planning dementia care in residential, respite or community care settings, or the wider health sector.

There are no training prerequisite requirements so most people working in aged care are eligible to participate. Courses are available in metropolitan Adelaide and throughout regional SA.

Courses can be booked at Click on the SA section and follow the prompts.

The new Dementia Care Essentials (DCE) program now consists of two separate units at Certificates 111 and 1V levels. This means participants can take advantage of this highly sought after FREE training to improve their work knowledge and skills, develop career pathways and provide improved care for those with dementia.

The original and highly popular Certificate 111 unit - CHCAC319A “provide support for people with dementia” is delivered over three days. A new Certificate 1V unit - CHCAC416A “facilitate support responsive to the specific nature of dementia” consisting of one-day only class contact has been added to the program. Both units attract 18.0 RCNA CNE points as part of the Life Long Learning program (3LP).

For enquiries or further information contact the DCE Project Manager, John Ham on 1800 672 500 or email

Workplace Issues

EMA Consulting Issue Notes

Bullying in Victoria about to become a crime

The Victorian Government has introduced legislation that will make certain types of bullying a criminal offence by expanding the definition of stalking to incorporate bullying type behaviours.

For a more detailed summary, click on the following link - Full Article

Union alleges adverse action through use of IFAs

United Voice (formerly the LHMU) is challenging Spotless Group over its use of Individual Flexibility Agreements through both the Federal Court and Fair Work Australia. The union alleges that the employer’s use of IFAs amounts to adverse action.

For a more detailed summary, click on the following link - Full Article

Transitional Provisions – Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010

On Tuesday 12 April 2011, Fair Work Australia issued a determination further deferring the transition of wages, penalties and loadings in the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010. This means that the transition of all provisions, including wages, will commence from 1 February 2012 instead of from July 2011.

For a more detailed summary, click on the following link - Full Article

Research, Publications and Grants

Blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

A recent study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Canada showed promise in developing an accurate, easy and specific non-invasive biochemical test to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).  The researchers based their Alzheimer's blood test on the production of a brain hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is present at high levels in the brain where it has a wide range of biological effects.  Through an oxidative process, the results showed that DHEA levels were increased in blood levels of non-AD subjects, while subjects with AD did not show an increase in DHEA levels.

The study suggests that there is a clear correlation between the lack of ability to produce DHEA through oxidation in the blood and the degree of cognitive impairment found in Alzheimer's disease.  This could be potentially vital in diagnosing AD at an early stage.  Currently, AD diagnosis is based on family history, information, mental assessment and the physical exam, focusing on neurological signs.

The study was recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.


How much sleep you get may affect cognitive aging

Sleeping more or less than 6 to 8 hours per night has been shown to accelerate cognitive aging.  Research published in the journal, Sleep, reported that adverse changes in sleep duration appear to be associated with poorer cognitive function in later-middle age.  Following up more than five thousand London-based office staff aged 35-55 working in 20 civil service departments since 1985, the study found that changing to a longer sleep duration from “7 or 8 hours” was associated with lower scores in five of six cognitive function tests, with the only exception being the test of short-term verbal memory. A decrease in from "6, 7, or 8 hours" per night sleep duration was also associated with lower scores in three of the six cognitive tests, with reasoning, vocabulary and global cognitive status all being affected adversely.

Surprisingly, an increase in sleep duration from six hours or less showed no evidence of a beneficial effect. The study highlights the importance of adequate and good quality sleep to human functioning and well-being.


Kidney damage reversed via diet in diabetic mouse models

Research published in the online medical journal, PLoS ONE, reported that a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, may reverse impaired kidney function in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease or damage and is a common cause of chronic kidney failure and end-stage kidney disease in diabetics. 

The study used a mouse model, where mice were allowed to develop diabetic nephropathy, or kidney damage. Half of the mice were put on the ketogenic (high fat, low carbohydrate) diet, while the control group maintained a standard high carbohydrate diet. The results showed that after eight weeks, molecular and functional indicators of kidney damage were reversed in the mice on the ketogenic diet. Microscopic analysis also showed that kidney pathology in the model of Type 2 diabetes was partially reversed.

The researchers commented that the results were the first to show that a dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse this serious complication of diabetes and plans are underway to test the effects of the ketogenic diet on human diabetics.


Levels of Vitamin D associated with macular degeneration in women

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of irreversible vision loss in adults. Researchers from the University of Buffalo found that blood concentration of Vitamin D was associated with the risk of developing AMD.  The results published in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, showed that women younger than 75, those who had 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25 OH D) concentrations lower than 38 nanomoles per litre were more likely to have age-related macular degeneration than women with concentrations greater than 38 nanomoles per litre.  The 25 (OH) D level is generally considered the means by which nutritional vitamin D status is defined.

The authors suggest that having very low vitamin D status (25-hydroxyvitamin D blood concentrations lower than 38 nanomoles per litre) may be associated with increasing your odds of developing age-related macular degeneration.  However, and increased concentration did not reveal a protective effect.  Further studies are needed to understand the full effects of Vitamin D on one’s health.

Vitamin D status may be increased by spending moderate amounts of time outside, and eating foods rich in vitamin D, such as fatty fish from cold waters, and foods fortified with vitamin D, such as milk and fortified cereal, or by taking supplements.


New Alzheimer’s diagnosis guidelines released

After 27 years, new guidelines in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has been published by three expert international workgroups convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging (NIA),  The new criteria and guidelines objectives are to update, refine and broaden widely used guidelines initially published in 1984. Other key elements of the new guidelines include:

  • Refinements to existing guidelines for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
  • Expansion of the conceptual framework for thinking about Alzheimer’s disease to include a “preclinical” stage characterized by signature biological changes (biomarkers) that occur years before any disruptions in memory, thinking or behaviour can be detected.
  • Establishment of a framework for eventually adding biomarker benchmarks to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in all of its stages.

The new guidelines can be downloaded as free-access papers in Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.


Regular exposure to sunshine to maintain adequate vitamin D levels could help prevent falls in the elderly

A study by Neuroscience Research Australia found that low vitamin D levels are associated with falls in the elderly, particularly in men.

“Sunshine and vitamin D are essential for maintaining our physical strength and cognitive abilities,” says Dr Jasmine Menant, from Neuroscience Research Australia .

Click here for more information.


Home Modifications & Their Impact on Waged Care Substitution

“This report examines and analyses the potential of home modification services to substitute for waged home care services. This is a valuable investigation for the

purposes of exploring innovative, and cost effective care solutions given the increasing pressure on care labour markets and care providers within the context of the demographic challenges presented by an ageing population. In addition to benefiting ageing populations, this investigation will impact upon care solutions for those with long-term disability resulting from trauma or anomalies at birth.”

The report reviews current literature on home modifications and care substitution followed by three case-based cost analyses in order to demonstrate cost impacts and to illustrate how the key variables affect home modification and waged home care costs. The case studies utilise data from publicly available Australian data reported by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW (ADHC), as well as costs obtained from actual case files (de-identified) which were supplied by Home Maintenance and Modification Service providers.”

Click here for a copy of the report.

ACS Learning and Development

Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers 2011

Applications still open for Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers 2011 but will close on Friday 27 May 2011 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted.

If you would like a letter of support from ACS please contact

A Leader? Who me?

Winning hearts and motivating minds

SPECIAL OFFER:The first three peopleto register for all 7 sessions will receive a FREE one-hour coaching sessionwith consultant Alli Taylor – valued at $300 each! BOOK NOW via the registration form.

A seven-part series for people who have recently been promoted to a leadership role and current leaders who would benefit from learning effective and inspirational leadership and communication skills.

Presented by Alli Taylor

Dates: seven sessions commencing Thursday 26 May (see below for all dates)
Time: each session begins at 7.30 am for 8 am start until 10 am
Venue: ACS Training Rooms, 246 Glen Osmond Road , Fullarton SA.

Session 1: Transition to the role of Manager or supervisor – 26 May
Your attitude; What it means to manage; Expectations of others

Session 2: Foundations Skills – 16 June
Listening, Delegating, Assertiveness, Negotiation

Session 3: Managing the relationship with your boss – 24 June
How to be an effective follower and skills for managing up

Session 4: Leading Teams – 1 July
Stages of team development; What leaders need to do; Developing high performance teams

Session 5: Managing difficult staff – 8 July
Managing difficult people situations; Motivating others

Session 6: Managing Change: What are the forces for change – 15 July
How do I manage myself through change
How do I manage my people through a change process and dealing with resistance

Session 7: Performance Development – 22 July
Principles underpinning good performance management
Outcomes of effective performance management
Common issues for staff

Click here for further information.


ACFI Training - need a refresher course?

ACFI - all you need to know. Has it been a year or more since you had any ACFI training? ACS offers a range of ACFI courses which are constantly being updated so you get the latest information.

We're running an ACFI Uncovered session on 23 May but if you can't make that one, we have another session coming up on 6 July. Follow the links to the PDF flyer which also provides information on ACFI sessions for the rest of the year.


Food safety in Aged Care

foodFriday 10 June 2011

Was it something I ate!? Food safety is more than meeting compliance it's about managing your business risk and ensuring your residents receive safe food . . .

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the latest information in food handling! This up-to-date training helps raise awareness of what your responsibilities are and how to prepare and be cautious when handling food.

This session will cover:

  • Why food safety is important
  • Food contamination
  • Safe food preparation rules
  • Food disposal
  • Food handler responsibilities and duty of care
  • Health of food handlers
  • Cleaning and sanitising

Find out more and register online.


Towards a Better Life

22 & 23 June 2011

Presented by Peter Millier, Senior Trainer with Training and Evaluation for Change Inc in SA

This workshop explores the reality and dynamics of social devaluation and its impact on people with disabilities, aged people and other marginalised groups. It then examines how the acquisition of valued roles can contribute to changed societal perceptions and strengthen the likelihood that people with a devalued status get a better life. The core themes and principles of SRV will be explored through presentations, exercises and discussion.


  • Understand social devaluation and the impact and consequences for aged people and other marginalised groups;
  • Learn about SRV as a means of addressing those experiences of devaluation;
  • Gain clarity of personal values regarding issues of devaluation and one’s personal service to people who are devalued; and
  • Strengthen, support and confirm one’s commitment, stand and purpose to individuals who are wounded by devaluation.

Find out more and register online.



Industry Education

FREE high quality Dementia Care Essentials Training

Achieve national skill recognition, upgrade your existing knowledge and learn new skills. This training is suitable for a side range of workers employed in delivery and planning dementia care in residential, respite or community care settings, or the wider health sector.

There are no training prerequisite requirements so most people working in aged care are eligible to participate. Courses are available in metropolitan Adelaide and throughout regional SA.

Courses can be booked and information about the program is available at Click on the SA section and follow the prompts.

The new Dementia Care Essentials (DCE) program now consists of two separate units at Certificates 111 and 1V levels. This means participants can take advantage of this highly sought after FREE training to improve their work knowledge and skills, develop career pathways and provide improved care for those with dementia.

The original and highly popular Certificate 111 unit - CHCAC319A “provide support for people with dementia” is delivered over three days. A new Certificate 1V unit - CHCAC416A “facilitate support responsive to the specific nature of dementia” consisting of one-day only class contact has been added to the program. Both units attract 18.0 RCNA CNE points as part of the Life Long Learning program (3LP).

For enquiries or further information contact the DCE Project Manager, John Ham on 1800 672 500 or email

Member Services

ACS SA&NT has entered into arrangements with a range of businesses to provide cost effective and quality services to its members. Please be advised that ACS SA&NT has entered into these arrangements with a financial benefit for the Association. Currently arrangements have been made with:

Access OCAR – Employment Assistance Program
EMA Consulting – Industrial Advice Service

Do you have an Employee Assistance Program?

As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen services and opportunities for Members, ACS SA&NT is pleased to be able to provide members with access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). ACS SA&NT has entered into an agreement with Access OCAR Workplace Consulting to provide an EAP to members at a substantially reduced rate. (Payment is made on a quartlerly basis)

An EAP is a confidential counselling service designed to offer an effective means of assisting employees with problems that may eventually affect job performance and personal well-being. Employees have access to qualified counsellors who are located outside of their workplace and are trained to help people identify and resolve their problems. It has been advised that the Unions are in favour of EAP in businesses and often quality and standards accreditation also favour EA programs.

Access OCAR Workplace Consulting will provide the services of the EAP to members who join this service.
Click here to download an expression of interest form. Upon completion of this form Access OCAR will contact you to commence the service.


Industrial Advice Service

Since 1 July 2006 EMA Consulting has been providing ACS Members with Industrial Relations Assistance. EMA consultants are highly qualified, trained, experienced and are contemporary leaders in their profession. As an ACS Member, you have access to EMA for the following services:

Telephone Advisory Service

  • Unlimited access to discuss any Industrial Relations topic
  • Deal with IR Consultants
  • No charge per call ~ generally limited to 15 minutes per issue. If it does take longer than this, it generally means the issue is complex and you need to get specific advice.

Wage Rate Summary

  • Nurses (ANF ~ SA Private Sector)
  • Nurses SA
  • Clerks SA
  • Health Service Employees


Consultant Service

EMA will provide consulting services for all ACS Members at a discounted hourly rate of $230 per hour, which is a saving of $50 per hour. This includes access to a full range of user pays services such as AWAs, training, workers compensation, disputes and collective agreements.

Telephone (VIP toll free number)   1800 632 812
Advisory Service   (08) 8203 1700
Telephone   (08) 8203 1700