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In this issue:

Welcome
Ignite Your Spark
Seniors Southern Services Directory App
Enabling Approach
Assessment and the Aged Care System
Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records
Your Life Your Wellbeing
Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls
Australian Bureau of Statistics
SSRG Training Survey 2014
 
Welcome

Dear Bev

Welcome to this edition of the Southern Soapbox. The SSRG are currently working on some new and innovative projects. Below you will be able to view the beautiful film that shows older people engaged in activities and social connections. It was a project initiated by the Social Inclusion Workgroup and the members contributed photographs to maintain an authentic, southern feel. The Dementia Workgroup in parnership with Alzheimers Australia SA and the City of Onkaparinga libraries are working towards creating a Memory Hub in the Noarlunga library. The Hub aims to provide information on brain health, dementia, specific activities, carer information and service information. The Hub is a new concept and will be evaluated to demonstrate its value. The Carer Issues workgroup are gathering information to create an on-line resource to assist post-carers titled Beyond the Caring Kite. It will be located in the SSRG web-site. It is thanks to the dedicated SSRG network that these projects happen, adding value to the south and the aged care sector. June will be a quiet month as I will be on holidays but the program will take off again in July!

Regards Sally
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Ignite Your Spark
Social Inclusion Workgroup

Click on the picture below to view the film 'Ignite Your Spark'. The Social Inclusion workgroup have worked together to create this beautiful piece of work. It is about informing older people and the wider community of the many activities out there for people to experience, engage in and find their spark. For those people who don't know how to find connections, the film directs them to contact a 'Southern Council'. A big thank you to all Southern Councils for their support.



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Seniors Southern Services Directory App
100 Day Project

The Southern Adelaide Health Alliance brings together health and community providers with consumers to impact positively on design and coordination of services. In February this year a Task Force Workshop was held and possible 100 day projects were identified. The SSRG team were very excited to hear that one of the projects selected was to promote, market and increase awareness of the Seniors Southern Services Directory app to the health sector. To view the You Tube introducing the project please click here.
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Enabling Approach

The enabling approach to service provision in aged care aims to support individuals to live at home in their community. It focuses on what each person can do and wants to be able to do by setting and achieving goals that are important and meaningful to them. This approach builds on individual strengths and preferences – people learn or relearn skills to maximise independence and choice. There is much information about this topic, however the following links are a useful starting point:

Reablement and Wellness papers from NACA can be found here

Wellness and Restorative Model of Care Project (2008) click here

Better Practice demonstration projects evaluation (October 2012) click here

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Assessment and the Aged Care System
National Aged Care Alliance, January 2014

“Australia’s current assessment system is fragmented, based on funding programs rather than on the individual, differs between organisations and creates variable outcomes for individuals. The current reform process provides an opportunity to significantly improve the assessment approach and process.” To read more click here.
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Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records


Australian Ageing Agenda reports that introducing appropriate transfer documentation when an individual leaves hospital as part of their Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) could improve efficiency and lead to better care for people leaving hospital. "ACIITC, which is a joint venture of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), said that discharge from hospitals and transfers between aged and health services was a key area to complete the “integrated health concept” in critical information flow." To read more click here.
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Your Life Your Wellbeing
Benevolent Society

Your Life Your Wellbeing: Evaluation of the Benevolent Society’s Community Care programs October 2013

The research project aims to answer the following broad questions:
"1. What are the socio-emotional and health needs of our Community Care clients?
  2. How effective are our Community Care services at improving or maintaining clients’ and carers’ socio-emotional well-being and subjective health outcomes?"

To read more click here.
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Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls
SA Health

“The SA Health Falls Prevention Program aims to enhance the independence and well-being of older South Australians through reducing preventable fall-related harm. Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing, and there are effective strategies that community members and health care professionals can do to reduce risk.” To read more about current falls prevention information and strategies click here.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics
Interesting Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently released some additional information relating to people with disability, older people and carers. It gives statistics for Australian older people in the areas of long term health conditions, assistance, income and social and community participation. To review the data click here.
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SSRG Training Survey 2014

Fifty-eight people responded to the southern training survey. The top eight training priorities were: social inclusion and community participation (34), practicalities of consumer directed care (28), working with people with dementia (26), mental health and the older person (22), carers health and wellbeing (21), consumer choice and consumer voice (19), restorative care, wellness and re-ablement (19) and technology and older people (19). To read more click here.
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SASMA Symposium
Living Well in a Complex Life
The South Australian Self Management Alliance will be showcasing broader concepts of self-management – not focusing just on chronic disease - to be held on 17 September 2014, more information to follow. Click here for the SASMA website.
 
 
Seniors Southern Services Directory
Now available for android devices
Trying to find a service in your local area and don't know where to look? Download the Seniors Southern Services Directory app at the iTunes or Google Play store. To download PDF documents from the app go to the SSRG website.
Southern Services Reform Group P: 08 8384 0758 F: 08 8384 0797 [email protected]