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Snapshot of Rodney Lewis’ summary of objections to proposed amendments to the Aged care Act currently before the senate

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On 25 October 2021, a bill entitled the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2021 (“Bill”) passed the House of Representatives and within a few hours the government presented further amendments including a proposal for legal immunity for aged care providers. The terms of…

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Ruling from the grave

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Elderlaw Legal Services, a division of Foulsham & Geddes Pty Ltd, acted for the plaintiff in Supreme Court proceedings last Christmas 2020 regarding funeral arrangements. After three weeks in a morgue, Mrs Betty Batson’s body was finally laid to rest following two days of submissions and cross-examination of several witnesses…

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Can I please see Mum’s file and records?

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Many people are apparently confused – including aged care providers, residents and their family members, about their respective rights to withhold and to have access to information which may have been accumulated about a particular person while that person has been in a residential care facility. This short article attempts…

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ACFI Funding – where does the money go?

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Recently, the Minister for Ageing was reported in the media (15 April 2012) to comment about a multi-billion-dollar cost blowout in the aged care system. The Minister was referring to a report to the effect that there were unusual claiming patterns by aged care Providers which result in increased subsidy payments but…

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A legal perspective aged care

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This is a general comment about the current state of information available to intending residents and their families and supporters in the aged care system in Australia. I have been moved to think about these issues by the campaign which has begun on the Aged care crisis website. There is much which…

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