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Pay equity settlement – the big announcement

From July 1 caregivers will receive a pay rise between 15 and 50 per cent, depending on their qualifications and/or experience.

Equal pay settlement reached – caregivers wages to increase

Employees of New Zealand’s aged care, community support and disability sectors will be pleased to hear that their pay will be increasing by a substantial amount, following the much-anticipated settlement of the long-running equal pay case.

A typical day in the life of…a village receptionist

Dawn Murphy works on reception and manages resident services for Selwyn St Andrews Village in Cambridge. INsite asks her about how she got into her role, what she loves about it and what she’d like to see changed for New Zealand’s senior citizens.

Aged care worker could be deported after 10 years in the job

News that Filipina rest home worker Julie Garcia could be deported despite being a valued employee at Kaitaia’s Switzer Residential Care home for the past ten years, has angered those who say we need migrant workers to boost our aged care workforce.

Enabling Good Lives to guide changes to disability support system

Evaluations of the Christchurch and Waikato Enabling Good Lives (EGL) demonstrations will help guide the transformation of the disability support system, Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says.

Could community care be part of the answer to NZ’s rising dementia rates?

Alzheimers New Zealand's report on the Economic Impact of Dementia suggests that new models of care are urgently needed as the number of New Zealanders living with dementia is set to increase by nearly 300 per cent to 170,000 by 2050.

Older women at risk – new research underway

A new research project is looking to understand why older women, particularly those living alone, are at increased risk of homelessness, poverty and other factors affecting their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Bioengineering aids recovery for swallowing disorders

University of Canterbury researchers at the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research have revealed an innovative new treatment for people with swallowing impairments.

Privacy Commissioner rejects plans to collect clients’ data

The Privacy Commissioner's rejection of Government plans to collect clients' data has been welcomed by ComVoices, a Wellington-based network of national community and voluntary sector organisations.

Decline in new nurses in mentored rest home programmes

The number of new nurses being employed by rest homes and aged care hospitals through mentored new graduate programmes has fallen this year – despite keen applicants still job-hunting.
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