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Red flags for the retirement village sector

Property, investment, banking experts and providers all largely agree that despite the continued growth of New Zealand’s retirement village sector, there are some red flags on the horizon.

Former paralympian appointed Disabilities Rights Commissioner

Disability advocate and former paralympian Paula Tesoriero has been appointed as the Human Rights Commission’s next Disability Rights Commissioner, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.

Opinion: Simon Wallace – Pay equity is going to hurt some providers

New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) chief executive SIMON WALLACE says the NZACA is committed to the pay equity settlement, but its speedy turnaround from announcement of the rates in mid-May to implementation on 1 July has some harsh realities for many.

Simon Challies’ exit interview: “I was transformed from an accountant into someone more human”

Ryman Healthcare’s chief executive officer Simon Challies talks to INsite editor, JUDE BARBACK about how he learned to look beyond Ryman’s growth, and make people the main focus.

Equal pay flow-on effect begins: Mental health workers lodge claim

From 1 July, care and support workers in aged care, disability care and home support will receive a pay increase as a result of the Equal Pay settlement. However, mental health support workers aren't included in the settlement, prompting unions PSA and E tū to lodge on their behalf an equal pay claim with the Employment Relations Authority.

“Keep evolving”: The big ‘take away’ from this year’s RVA conference

Innovate or die. Evolve or perish. The general coffee-break consensus among delegates was that this was the major ‘take home’ message from this week’s Retirement Villages Association (RVA) Conference in Sydney, attended by JUDE BARBACK.

Do older people feel safe in our rest homes?

Nursing homes should be safe places for our older people, but unfortunately, the number of cases of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and residential care facilities continues to rise. New research out of Massey University highlights this growing problem.

Immigration changes ignore reality: Kiwis don’t want caregiver jobs

Many rest homes rely heavily on migrant workers but Government’s new immigration policies are trying to encourage providers to employ more New Zealanders as caregivers. The problem is, Kiwis are not lining up for the jobs. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Pay equity “losers” speak up

The funding formula for the pay equity settlement agreement for residential aged care providers was calculated with the knowledge that there would be “winners and losers”. As JUDE BARBACK reports, the “losers” are concerned that this pay equity deal could spell the end for them.

NZACA: “This was never a negotiation”

New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) chief executive SIMON WALLACE provides clarity around the Association's role and stance on the pay equity settlement process.
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