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Backing passion with on-the-job training

The desire to give top quality care motivated Bronwyn Pickery to pursue a career as a healthcare assistant supported by on-the-job training.

Caregiver: “Pay equity settlement has changed my life”

Caregivers are excited at the prospect of another pay increase as the pay equity settlement rolls into its second year. Meanwhile employers have welcomed a funding supplement to assist with the increased wage costs.

Funding clarified for pay equity settlement extension

The pay equity settlement extension to include mental health and addiction support workers will be funded on an ‘actuals’ basis, as per the home and community support services sector, until the end of September.

Response: Residential aged care isn’t “broken”

Jude Barback responds to an editorial suggesting rest homes are not a good option for older people.

Demystifying the d-word: the need for death education in New Zealand schools

While attitudes are slowly changing, the subject of death is still cloaked in stigma and taboo. JUDE BARBACK examines calls to educate children about death, dying and ageing.

Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.

Clarity needed around premium charging and aged care costs

Do the aged care and retirement village industries need to clarify their cost structures around premium rooms and aged care costs in general?

Ombudsman to monitor rest homes

The Ombudsman is to monitor and inspect residential aged care facilities, but who will foot the cost?

Are rest homes becoming de facto hospices?

More New Zealanders than ever are dying in our rest homes, bringing demand for end-of-life care to an all-time high with no signs of slowing. But rest homes say that unless demand and expectations are accompanied by appropriate funding, the current situation is unsustainable. By JUDE BARBACK.

Mission Rest Home closure “extremely sad” for staff and residents

Taranaki rest home closes after struggling to keep up with pay equity costs.
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