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There is wide variation in antimicrobial
usage between Australian hospitals,
according to the report Antimicrobial
use in Australian hospitals: 2014 report
of the National Antimicrobial Utilisation
Surveillance Program (NAUSP), released
by the Australian Commission on
Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The report says that although
overall usage rates have decreased
slightly in recent years, there is still
considerable room for improvement.
The Commission’s Senior Medical
Advisor, Professor John Turnidge, said:
‘Prudent antimicrobial prescribing is
essential for reducing the emergence
of widespread antimicrobial resistance
in pathogens. The NAUSP report
provides rich data on usage patterns
which can be used to develop effective
antimicrobial stewardship strategies.’
MedAdvisor share offer
Following the announcement of its
public listing, MedAdvisor has invited
pharmacists to become shareholders.
The listing will allow MedAdvisor
to invest significantly in direct to
consumer marketing initiatives to
drive patients to these pharmacies.
The company hopes to attract
more than a million new patients
through these consumer campaigns.
MedAdvisor has also recently
committed to a Patient Accelerate
Program providing pharmacists with
a dollar for every patient signed to
the platform, which can cover the cost
of monthly subscription. Data from
existing MedAdvisor participating
pharmacies shows patients are
97% loyal and 20% more adherent
than patients not on MedAdvisor.
Dementia no longer a
A recently released report into Residential Aged Care and Home Care
shows demand for age services and the complexity of people’s needs
is growing, and new management strategies are needed, according to
Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).
The web report, Residential aged care
and Home Care 2013-14, released in early
September by the Australian Institute
of Health and Welfare (AIHW), looks at
residential aged care (where a person
lives in an aged care facility, either on
a permanent or temporary basis) and
the Home Care Packages Program
(an alternative to residential aged care
where services are designed to support
people to live independently in the
community for as long as possible).
It shows 83% of people in permanent
care needed a high level of care,
and people living in residential aged
care had higher rates of dementia than
estimated prevalence for their age.
LASA CEO Patrick Reid said: ‘The data
reported by AIHW is evidence that
dementia management is no longer
a niche area of aged care, but a
necessary core competency required
by anyone working in home care or
‘Many LASA members are at the
forefront of delivering innovative,
cutting edge models of care for
people with dementia, but they are
largely unsupported by government
which does not treat dementia as a
‘Providing age services to people
with dementia requires a different
approach today than it has in the past.
This includes ensuring home care and
residential care staff have the right
skills and access to suitable training.
It also means ensuring suitable services
are readily accessible to people in
their communities – not on a fly in fly
‘ The current government cannot ignore
the data in this report and should
hold a second dementia summit that
it promised to properly review and
consider policy options in light of this
The report shows that 7.8% of the
Australian population aged 65 and over
were in residential aged care in 2013–14,
and another 2.5% received a package of
care in their home.
AIHW spokesperson Justine Boland said
that at 30 June 2014, 52% of people
in permanent residential aged care
had a diagnosis of dementia. People in
residential aged care also had higher
rates of dementia than the estimated
prevalence rates for their age.
There were 173,974 people in
permanent residential aged care at
30 June 2014. The majority (77%)
were 80 years or older, and the average
age was 84.5. Women made up 69% of
people (119,577) in permanent
residential aged care, and this disparity
increased with age.
At 30 June 2014, there were
263,788 government-funded aged
care places across Australia-an increase
of 3.5% from the previous year.
Three-quarters (189,283) of these places
were in residential aged care, while the
remaining 66,149 were in the Home Care
Overall, there were 2,688 facilities
providing residential aged care services
at 30 June 2014, and 2,212 service
outlets providing Home Care services.
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