Industry Updates

The election results are in and the Coaltion is once again in power and ‘Nightwatchman Scomo’ has become Prime Minister in his own right. Now that we know who will be in power for the next three years, it’s time to take a closer look at what that means for aged care in Australia. It is worth noting that the contents of this post are based on promises made during the election: we are yet to see any concrete commitment…

May is here, marking the official adoption of IDDSI in Australia. Here’s a quick recap of IDDSI and why it’s so important. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework was developed over several years to be a global reference for the treatment of dysphagia. The standards clearly define fluid and thickness levels and detail the purpose of each level, together with more accurate methods to test the thickness of prepared foods. The clarity and depth of the framework could help…

The International Society for Dietary Restrictions (ISDR) today released a new framework for texture modified diets. The new 50 thickness level framework demonstrates a hitherto unseen level of specificity for the aged care catering industry to ensure that each resident’s needs are addressed safely and carefully. “We found current standards to be lacking as they only represented physical thickness and not the full spectrum that contributes to wellbeing,” said ISDR president Lief Kriek in a press interview last Friday. “We…

Victoria based egg producer Bridgewater Poultry is recalling five of their products from stores due to potential salmonella contamination. The affected eggs are sold in Woolworths, Coles as well as some independent grocery retailers across Australia. Eggs sold under the titles of Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g, 700g and 800g varieties and Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g are at risk. If you have these eggs it is advised that you do not discard them into compost or feed them to…

The aged care sector will experience a paradigm shift this year as a result of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission) and the introduction of IDDSI and new Aged Care Quality Standards. The Federal Government’s recent $662m funding boost, while perhaps politically motivated, is certainly welcome. The residential aged care sector is expected to receive $320m of that funding. However, it’s important to see this increase in the context of an effective $902m cut to aged…

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