Infuse Issue 14 October 2021 - Page 20

Along with Julie Dundon , I was fortunate to be a Dietitians Australia Subject Matter Lead for Aged Care over 9 months to the end of June 2021 . In this role , Julie and I :

Prepared various responses to Royal Commission documents
Wrote position and funding statements for professional and government discussions
Developed evidence-based positions for Dietitians Australia across the spectrum of nutrition care for the Maggie Beer Foundation Congress in February 2021
A virtual issue of Nutrition & Dietetics that focused on aged care research was also published for release in conjunction with this congress . Along with the contribution by many APDs who work in aged care , this advocacy has built momentum for change . The opportunity to improve the nutritional status of our older Australians has arrived .
The Royal Commission : what was recommended ?
The recommendations of the Royal Commission are diverse and have a clear focus on the importance of nutrition care supported by greater access to dietetic services for recipients of home care and residential aged care services . Recommendations included :
• The assignment of funding for allied health care within home care packages
( Recommendation 36 )
• The employment of dietitians in residential aged care facilities
( Recommendation 38 )
• Increased funding for workforce development ( Recommendations 78-82 )
• Increased food budget via an increased basic daily fee per resident
( Recommendation 112 )
Funding has been supported in the 2021 budget announcement for some , but not all , of these recommendations .
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