Community Care

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    HCHA conference: small but perfectly formed

    13 October 2016

    The Home and Community Health Association's recent conference in Wellington prompted rich discussions and debate around the issues at the heart of the home and community support services sector (HCSS). JUDE BARBACK reports.

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    Musings on the state of aged care in New Zealand

    13 October 2016

    After attending the recent NZACA and HCHA conferences, INsite editor JUDE BARBACK reflects on the collective challenges facing the residential aged care and home care sectors and what it all means.

September 2016

August 2016

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    Airbnb meets home care

    JUDE BARBACK catches up with MyCare chief executive and founder Mark Jeffries about how the new home care worker matching service will work with New Zealand’s home and community support services sector.

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    On the soapbox… Julie Haggie

    As the Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) sector is inching towards change, chief executive of Home and Community Health Association (HCHA) JULIE HAGGIE reflects on what it all means for employers, employees and clients.

May 2016

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    HCSS: a sector waiting for action

    The Director-General of Health’s report to the Ministry of Health on the state of New Zealand’s home and community support services (HCSS) describes the sector as being “in a fragile state”. It says “that doing nothing is not an option”. This report was completed in August 2015. Yet still, a sector waits for change.

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    Social value and going the extra mile

    Policy advisor at the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services PAUL BARBER discusses two projects aimed at exploring the added value of community-based social services.

March 2016

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    On the soapbox … Julie Haggie

    Home and Community Health Association chief executive JULIE HAGGIE asks why the Government has allowed the second part of the In Between Travel Time Settlement – made last year between unions, providers and the Government – to dwindle away.

December 2015

August 2015

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    Bill’s story dialysis at home

    Bill Veth tells JOHN ALLIN that living with kidney disease needn’t restrict his life, thanks to his dialysis home support team.

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    On the soap box... Graeme Titcombe

    Access chief executive GRAEME TITCOMBE was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Home and Community Health Association Conference Awards. Here, he discusses the limitations to providing a nationally consistent and effective home support service.

May 2015

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    Don’t give up on octogenarians

    NGAIRE KERSE gives an update on the fascinating LiLACS NZ study in which the quality of life for a large group of Māori and non-Māori in their eighties has been monitored and analysed over five years.

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    Dancing with dementia

    JUDE BARBACK looks at a recent dance and dementia project that has had a lasting impact.

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    Nurturing the social health of older people

    BEATRICE HALE looks beyond the jargon surrounding healthy ageing and is heartened to discover a wide range of services and providers that cater to the social health needs of older people.

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    Meeting Report

    Home and Community Health Association’s Conference 2015 28–30 April 2015, Auckland.

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    Let’s snoop around... Pohlen Hospital

    JUDE BARBACK returns to her hometown of Matamata to visit Pohlen Hospital.

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    Key reports released

    The end of April saw a flurry of reports released, all with relevance to New Zealand’s home and community support services.

March 2015

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    Fear of falling: friend or foe?

    SHELLEY JONES looks at recent research on actual risk of falling and perceived risk, and the implications for older people.

December 2014

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    Innovation important but consistency crucial – hopes for home-based care

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Julie Haggie from the Home & Community Health Association about what the home-based care sector hopes will emerge from the New Zealand Productivity Commission’s inquiry into more effective social services.

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    Addressing the gap between mental health services and aged care

    MAX REID draws attention to the growing demand for a service model that addresses the specific needs of older people with both age-related and mental health needs.

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    Let’s snoop around... Home Instead

    Since introducing INsite’s ‘snoop around’ column, I’ve visited and reported back on many rest homes and retirement villages but never a homecare organisation. Of course, the very nature of home-based care makes it considerably more difficult to ‘snoop around’, but it didn’t stop me from contacting Debra Jager, manager of Home Instead Tauranga, to see if she might be willing for me to pop by.

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    Last word... Maggie Barry

    The new Minister for Senior Citizens makes her introductions. 

June 2014

May 2014

January 2014

March 2013

January 2013

  • At breaking point?

    With a fragmented and inconsistent approach to funding across the country, the home and community support services sector is struggling to meet growing demand for its services. JUDE BARBACK looks at some of the key concerns facing the sector.

  • Charity starts at home

    BEATRICE HALE discusses the realities confronting family carers.

  • A typical day in the life of … Rona Woolsey

    INsite chats to a shopping service co-ordinator for Age Concern.