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    New Heath of Older People Strategy underway

    17 December 2015

    A new national Health of Older People Strategy is currently being developed. The strategy will sit under the New Zealand Health Strategy, which is under redevelopment.

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    Calls for better palliative care funding

    15 December 2015

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) has called on the Government to improve palliative care funding for rest homes.

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    E-Edition: The future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand

    4 December 2015

    It was an interesting exercise collating the contributions for this publication. We sought the opinions of many: politicians and government agencies; unions; retirement village operators and aged care providers; residents; and peak body associations for retirement villages, aged care, home and community support, and disability sectors all had their say about what will significantly impact on the future of aged care and retirement living in New Zealand.

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    eHealth lighting the way for New Zealand healthcare

    25 November 2015

    Liam Butler interviews Graeme Osborne, Director National Health IT Board. 

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    Pay Equity Working Group meets

    18 November 2015

    Ministers Paula Bennett and Michael Woodhouse have announced the formation of the Pay Equity Working Group and say the first meeting of the group marks "an important milestone".

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    Events all over country for Stop PI Day

    17 November 2015

    Thursday 19th November is Stop Pressure Injury (PI) Day. This year the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) is partnering with the Ministry of Health, ACC, Health and Quality Safety Commission and First Do No Harm to bring awareness to pressure injuries and the effect they can have on a person's health and wellbeing, and has events and awareness campaigns planned from Auckland to Invercargill to help get the message out there.

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    Innovation key to transforming workforce

    4 November 2015

    Industry bodies, union representatives, government officials, international experts and education providers all came together at this week’s Careerforce Workforce Development Conference in Wellington to discuss a topic of great importance: the development of New Zealand’s health, social and community services workforce. All agreed a large, competent and valued workforce is required to effectively meet the needs of New Zealand’s growing ageing population, and delegates grappled with how to meet this challenge.

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    Govt announces approach to tackling equal pay issues

    20 October 2015

    In a series of announcements today, the Government has outlined its intentions to address pay equity issues in all industries, as well as entering negotiations to settle pay rates of care and support workers.

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    Payment for travel time Bill passes first reading

    14 October 2015

    Community Support Workers are a step closer to receiving fair and consistent pay for their time spent travelling between clients.

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    Prime Minister’s announcement on equal pay

    14 October 2015

    The Prime Minister is expected to issue a statement next week about how the Government intends to address the mounting issues around equal pay.

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    NZ Super alone won't fund a comfortable retirement

    1 October 2015

    On this International Day of Older Persons the Financial Services Council says we should celebrate what generations share rather than what divides us. 

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    SuperSeniors website launched

    18 September 2015

    A new website for New Zealand’s SuperSeniors has been launched today by Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry.

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    Technology in the spotlight at NZACA conference

    11 September 2015

    It was mostly about technology at the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference, held this week in Auckland.

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    OPINION: Neglect - the biggest abuse issue for the elderly

    8 July 2015

    This month it was Elder Abuse Awareness Week, and the spotlight was put on how we treat our elderly as a community and what constitutes abuse. BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care, explores the issue.

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    An end to the capital loss clause?

    23 June 2015

    Retirement village residents are keen to see an end to the capital loss clause, and the Retirement Village Association (RVA) confirms the clause has “probably had its day”.

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    Opinion: Communication workshop in aged care sector an astounding success

    27 May 2015

    Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector* HON JO GOODHEW is impressed by *Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital’s efforts to improve social integration of migrants through its volunteer programme.

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    Palliative care and hospices win out in yesterday’s Budget

    22 May 2015

    Yesterday’s health Budget included an extra $76.1 million over four years for palliative care and hospices.

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    Baby boomers open up about old age

    12 May 2015

    Future government policies will need to be flexible to accommodate the diverse needs of ageing baby boomers, a Victoria University of Wellington researcher has found.

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    New Zealand Aged Care Association appoints new Chief Executive

    1 May 2015

    Simon Wallace has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA), replacing Martin Taylor, who left the Association at the beginning of April.

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    Home care services under threat

    29 April 2015

    Home and community support services are under threat because the current funding model for the sector is unsustainable.

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    Findings of NZ Aged Care Workforce Survey released

    28 April 2015

    Low wages, high workloads and stress outweigh the love of the job for New Zealand’s aged care workforce.

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    Productivity Commission releases report for improving social services

    28 April 2015

    A new Office of Social Services and more investment in data technology are among the recommendations proposed by the New Zealand Productivity Commission aimed to improve our social services system.

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    Positive Ageing Strategy report released

    21 April 2015

    The 2014 Report on the Positive Ageing Strategy outlines how older people’s spending is expected to quadruple by 2051, while the workforce will continue to get older.

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    Ageing Well Science Challenge launched

    4 March 2015

    The ‘Ageing Well’ National Science Challenge was launched today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.

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    OPINION: Putting people before profit in aged care

    17 February 2015

    BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care, considers the fine line between profitability and maintaining core values.

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    Fears Government will legislate over pay equity case

    10 February 2015

    Speculation is rife that the Government is preparing to legislate over the issues at the heart of the ongoing TerraNova v Bartlett pay equity case, feeding fears that the case will not result in fair pay for aged care workers as many are hoping.

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    interRAI proving itself in the South Island

    10 February 2015

    A new interRAI report marks a milestone in how the assessment system is working for the South Island.

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    OPINION: Misunderstanding rife over Government funding increase

    15 April 2015

    BRIEN CREE, managing director of Radius Care strives to set the record straight.

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    Arvida Group lists on the NZX

    18 December 2014

    Shares of Arvida Group Limited today began trading on the NZX Main Board following a successful IPO that raised $80 million in new capital to underpin the growth of the new retirement and aged care group.

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    Opinion: "Pay is not an equality issue - it's a funding one in aged care"

    18 December 2014

    Radius Care Managing Director BRIEN CREE says the continuous under-funding of aged care needs to be addressed.

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    Full audit reports for all rest homes to be published

    17 December 2014

    Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that full audit reports for all rest homes will be published online from today in a more reader-friendly format.

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    "Now is not the time to discourage training"

    15 December 2014

    The Industry Training Federation calls for Government to better support training for care and community support workers.

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    One Consumer Advocate Influencing Health of Many Older People

    15 December 2014

    ANNA DORSEY talks to Ruby Aberhart (pictured here with Hon Jo Goodhew) about her role of Consumer Advocate for the South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People’s Group (HOPSLA).

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    Person first, dementia second

    25 November 2014

    Bupa's GRAINNE MOSS shares sthe touching story of Bupa employee Kate Burnett and resident Mary.

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    Arvida raises $75 million through IPO

    25 November 2014

    New retirement village operator Arvida ─ previously known as Hercules ─ raised $75 million through an initial public offering and is expected to list on the NZX on 18 December.

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    The case and its consequences: implications of the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case

    25 November 2014

    *With the Bartlett v TerraNova pay equity case looking set to proceed to the Supreme Court, JUDE BARBACK analyses the twists and turns of the case so far, and the far-reaching ramifications for aged care and other sectors.*

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    Green Cross to acquire Access Homehealth

    24 November 2014

    One of the largest players in the home-based care sector, Access Homehealth, is set to be sold to primary health provider, Green Cross Health Limited.

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    Government winding down Health Benefits Ltd

    24 November 2014

    The Government says it intends to wind down Health Benefits Ltd and shift responsibility for implementing the shared services programme to the District Health Boards.

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    Healthbots set up home at Selwyn

    3 November 2014

    Following a trial at Selwyn Heights retirement village in 2013, the Selwyn Foundation has now introduced four robotic seals – or healthbots - to promote interaction and provide comfort for residents in Selwyn rest homes.

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    Rehab fellowship marks collaborative approach to research

    3 November 2014

    Waikato District Health Board has teamed up with Bupa Care Services and the Institute of Healthy Ageing to establish a new research health fellowship in rehabilitation medicine.

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    Solution for aged care sector "not straight forward"

    3 November 2014

    While unions remain delighted with the Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Bartlett v Terranova pay equity case, it would seem that there is no imminent ‘quick fix’ discernible.

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    Appeal Court upholds decision in Bartlett v TerraNova case

    28 October 2014

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Court’s earlier decision on the landmark pay equity case brought by caregiver Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers’ Union (SFWU) against TerraNova Homes and Care.

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    Questions raised about seniorshousing.co.nz seminar

    22 October 2014

    A spat between New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) and seniorshousing.co.nz, the organisation behind online publication NZ Aged Care Housing Weekly, has raised questions about an upcoming seminar organised by seniorshousing.co.nz.

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    Spotlight on older women in employment

    22 October 2014

    New research findings on the employment of older New Zealand women is to be presented today in Wellington at the Ministry of Social Development, followed by a panel discussion.

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    New peer mentor programme to help providers with training

    21 October 2014

    Industry training organisation Careerforce has introduced a new Peer Mentor Programme as part of its goal to help facilities build a productive and highly skilled work place.

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    Person-centred care a key focus at NZACA conference

    21 October 2014

    Getting away from an institutionalised approach to a more person-centred focus was one of the key messages emerging from the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference, held last week in Wellington.

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    Ranfurly scoops supreme award at the NZACA awards

    21 October 2014

    It was its food that saw Ranfurly Village Hospital triumph in this year’s New Zealand Aged Care Association /EBOS Excellence in Care Awards. 

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    Older people to be more involved in disaster preparation

    13 October 2014

    Marking the launch of International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations and HelpAge International have today released findings of a global survey that reveal older people are often excluded or marginalised in disaster management planning.

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    Five little things to reduce the risk of dementia

    8 October 2014

    *GRAINNE MOSS, managing director of Bupa Care Services New Zealand says most New Zealanders don’t realise they can do something to help prevent developing dementia. *

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    Aged care and retirement sectors welcome new Ministers

    6 October 2014

    The health portfolio goes to Dr Jonathan Coleman, according to Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of the National-led Government’s new Ministry.

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    World’s oldest hip hop group wins award

    1 October 2014

    The oldest Hip Hop group in the world, the Hip Op-eration crew from Waiheke Island, have won the 2014 Age Concern Dignity Champion award.

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    New Zealand 10th best country for older person wellbeing

    1 October 2014

    New Zealand ranks tenth out of 96 countries in a global index measuring the wellbeing of older people.

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    Election 2014: Not such a surprise

    22 September 2014

    While the National Party can govern alone, the outcome of the election is not such a surprise, writes NZACA chief executive MARTIN TAYLOR.

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    New retirement village group Hercules set to flex muscles

    18 September 2014

    A new player has emerged in New Zealand’s retirement village and aged care sectors. Nineteen privately owned retirement villages and aged care facilities are considering a proposal to amalgamate ownership under a corporate entity, Hercules Ltd.

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    “Win-win” agreement for home support sector

    12 September 2014

    The home and community support sector has welcomed the Government’s announcement today to support an agreement that will see community support workers paid for time spent travelling between clients and fairly reimbursed for travel costs.

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    Movers and shakers

    1 September 2014

    Former Summerset chief executive, and recognised leader of the aged care and independent living sector, *Norah Barlow,* joined the board of Vigil Monitoring as an independent director on 31 July 2014.

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    Bupa boss a finalist

    1 September 2014

    Managing director of Bupa Care Services Ltd Gráinne Moss has been announced as a finalist in the women working in a management role category at this year’s Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

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    New research reveals Kiwis fear dementia

    1 September 2014

    In new research released by Alzheimers NZ, more than a third of New Zealanders state that dementia is one of the things they fear most about getting older, with 15 per cent fearing dementia more than any other condition, second only to cancer.

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    Deaf community will be able to follow live election coverage

    1 September 2014

    The deaf and hard of hearing will be able to follow this year’s election thanks to New Zealand’s captioning and audio description service, Able. The NZ On Air-funded company announced that it will be captioning all political debates and live election coverage on TV ONE.

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    Aged care finally election hot topic

    27 August 2014

    *Major political parties finally talk seriously about their plans for aged care in New Zealand.*

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    Ministry decides to continue with publication of full rest home audits

    5 August 2014

    Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced today that publication of full rest home audit reports will continue.

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    Improving elderly care through robotics

    4 August 2014

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced it will fund two multi-institutional teams to work collaboratively with Japan on innovative ways to improve elderly care through robotics and human assistive devices.

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    Oceania set to list

    3 August 2014

    Oceania, one of New Zealand’s largest retirement village and rest home operators, looks set to join Ryman Healthcare, Metlifecare, and Summerset and list on the New Zealand stock exchange.

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    Ryman buys up Tropicana

    Ryman Healthcare has bought Tropicana, an 8.92ha farm in Lynfield, reportedly one of the largest privately owned blocks of land in inner Auckland. The land was owned by Bill Subritzky.

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    Support for aged care funding gains momentum

    1 August 2014

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association’s election campaign, which calls for increased funding for aged care providers, appears to be gaining momentum, as various organisations lend their support to the issue.

  • Government gets involved in Bartlett vs TerraNova case

    2 December 2013

    The Attorney-General and BusinessNZ will appear at the next hearing of the high-profile case brought by the Service & Food Workers’ Union and aged care worker Kristine Bartlett against her employer TerraNova Homes and Care Ltd for fair pay.

  • Herald’s investigation brings discussion to aged care

    2 December 2013

    New Zealand’s aged care sector took a battering last week as the Herald released its five-part series on the various problems concerning the industry. The series confronted the major issues pertaining to aged care and generated much discussion.

  • Two Metlifecare directors resign following sale

    2 December 2013

    Two Metlifecare Limited directors have resigned following the sale of Retirement Villages New Zealand's 37.7 per cent stake of Metlifecare.

  • NZACA's Martin Taylor’s live Herald chat

    28 November 2013

    Today the Herald hosted a live chat with Martin Taylor, the chief executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association, as part of its five-part series investigating the state of New Zealand’s aged care industry.

  • Full rest home audit reports now online

    26 November 2013

    Today marks the beginning of the Ministry of Health’s six month trial of publishing full audit reports for rest homes online. The full reports now appear alongside the summary audit reports.

  • Opinion: Aged care caught in the spin cycle

    25 November 2013

    People are concerned about aged care. As I write this, 3,800 people have voted in the New Zealand Herald poll “Do you have concerns about the quality of rest home care in NZ?” and 84 per cent of those people said, yes, they did have concerns.

  • Aged care sector fights back against NZ Herald

    25 November 2013

    The New Zealand Herald has today released findings of its investigation into New Zealand’s rest homes. The first piece of the series has been met with disappointment and anger from many within the sector.

  • Home Health Association “disappointed” at Govt’s funding decision

    1 November 2013

    The Government’s announcement yesterday on how a $20 million funding boost will help older New Zealanders stay in their own homes longer has been met with disappointment by the New Zealand Home Health Association (NZHHA).

  • Court of Appeal hearing for the TerraNova v Bartlett case

    1 November 2013

    The Court of Appeal has yesterday set a date for the hearing of the case between TerraNova Homes & Care Ltd and TerraNova employee Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers’ Union.

  • Metlifecare in sharemarket spotlight

    1 November 2013

    Metlifecare stole the limelight last week after infrastructure investor Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund agreed to buy shares in the retirement village operator and developer from cornerstone investor Retirement Villages New Zealand.

  • interRAI deadline approaching

    1 November 2013

    Facilities must have signed up for interRAI training by 31December 2013 in order to be eligible for funding support. This means facilities must have booked a nurse into interRAI training before the end of this year.

  • Changes to the Code of Practice take effect

    16 October 2013

    Changes to the Retirement Villages Code of Practice 2008, which took effect Monday, mean retirement villages will no longer be able to take a cut when paying out occupants of units damaged or destroyed by natural disaster.

  • TerraNova seeks leave to appeal

    18 September 2013

    TerraNova Homes & Care Ltd has today filed for leave to appeal the Employment Court’s decision in the high-profile case brought against TerraNova by employee Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers’ Union. Bartlett’s case claims her hourly wage of $14.46 breaches the Equal Pay Act.

  • Something’s got to give

    10 September 2013

    With confirmation of poor care delivery in one corner of the sector and allegations of discriminatory pay levels in another, the public cries for more transparency and fairer pay in aged care are getting louder. Change feels imminent, but what shape will it take? By JUDE BARBACK.

  • Full aged care facility audits to go online

    Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew recently announced that the Government will be trialling a new system giving people access to full rest home audit reports.

  • NZACA conference “most successful ever”

    4 September 2013

    Over 350 delegates and 86 exhibitors flocked to the annual New Zealand Aged Care Association conference, held at SkyCity in Auckland at the end of August. NZACA chief executive Martin Taylor says it was the association’s biggest and best conference yet, with excellent feedback rolling in from attendees.

  • Landmark case for aged care workers

    1 July 2013

    A three-day court hearing concerning discrimination in pay based on gender within the aged care sector concluded on Wednesday last week, but a finding is expected to take some time.

  • RVA conference a success

    1 July 2013

    This year’s Retirement Villages Association (RVA) conference has been a great success, according to executive director John Collyns. “Some attendees have told me that it has been the best conference they’ve ever attended,” he said.

  • Elderly home invasions spark concern

    1 July 2013

    A string of home invasions and robberies of older people has caused concern among Auckland’s elderly. There have been seven attacks reported on elderly people aged between 69 and 97.

  • Capital raising, sell-downs, record profits for big three

    6 June 2013

    All three listed New Zealand retirement village operators have been in the media spotlight in recent weeks.

  • No more “double dipping”

    6 June 2013

    From 1st July, “double dipping” - when aged care providers receive two accommodation payments for an individual room, one from its district health board and one from a resident - will cease to be a problem in New Zealand.

  • Careerforce leading qualification review

    5 June 2013

    New Zealand Qualification Authority’s national review of all level 1–6 qualifications will result in a smaller number of relevant qualifications that meet industry needs.

  • Repeat review of the aged care sector

    4 April 2013

    The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) intends to carry out a review of the aged care sector next year. With the government unwilling to support the initiative, the association will fund the review itself.

  • St John looks to reduce the number of calls to rest homes

    4 April 2013

    St John is looking to decrease the number of callouts to aged care facilities in response to unprecedented pressure on its ambulance service.

  • interRAI progress takes ‘political route’

    8 April 2013

    The roll-out of interRAI is becoming increasingly fraught, with a series of tense communications exchanged recently between NZACA chief executive Martin Taylor, co-chair of the interRAI Project Steering Group Chris Fleming, and Assoc. Minister Jo Goodhew.

  • Public private partnership to tackle dementia

    7 December 2012

    Alzheimers Wellington and Elder Family Matters Ltd have formed a partnership to provide a comprehensive range of education programmes supporting quality dementia care for people living with dementia in the wider Wellington region.

  • RVA slams claims of “hypocrisy”

    30 November 2012

    Criticism that the recent revisions to the Retirement Villages Code of Practice are superficial have been sharply refuted by the Retirement Villages Association (RVA).

  • Minister makes decision on Code

    11 October 2012

    Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson has made an important variation to the Retirement Villages Code of Practice 2008 to address the deficiencies of the Code highlighted by the Canterbury earthquakes.

  • New merger set to shake up village industry

    8 May 2012

    Metlifecare’s proposed merger with Vision Senior Living and Private Life Care will create a potent new rival to Ryman’s position as New Zealand’s largest retirement village provider.

  • Ryman head and shoulders above the rest

    17 May 2012

    Hot on the heels of last week’s news about Metlifecare’s bold growth plans – which could challenge Ryman Healthcare as New Zealand’s largest retirement village operator – Ryman has announced record profit figures and soaring share prices.

  • Surprise collaboration between Careerforce and Health Ed Trust

    17 May 2012

    A landmark agreement signed yesterday between industry training organisation (ITO) Careerforce and training provider Health Ed Trust (HET) comes as a welcome surprise following the fall out between the two parties earlier this year.

  • Health Ed Trust spurns Careerforce merger

    1 March 2012

    The board of Health Ed Trust (HET), the dominant player in health and aged care training, has voted to reject the merger with the sector’s industry training organisation (ITO), Careerforce, and will forge its own destiny without its major income source.

  • Careerforce and Health Ed Trust fall out raises confusion over ITO role

    6 March 2012

    Yesterday, in a new twist to the fall out between Careerforce and Health Ed Trust (HET), Careerforce CEO Ray Lind sent out a letter to employers with trainees currently enrolled in HET’s ACE programmes.