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Welcome to ACST

Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) is the leading peak organisation for aged care services, community care services and retirement villages in Tasmania.

ACST provides members with leadership, advocacy and an expanding knowledge base from which to draw information to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.

Our members are the services providers who offer aged care in the community and within aged care homes. In Australia aged care services are operated by charitable, religious and community organisations, private businesses and state and local governments have been delivering quality services with skill, dedication and compassion for over 100 years.

National Open Day 2015

On 19 June 2015 ACSA members and the wider aged care sector in Australia will join with sister organisations in the United Kingdom, Malta, South Africa and other countries to promote and showcase the work of aged care providers.

This is the second year Australia has participated in the Open Day celebrations and family, friends and members of local communities are invited.

Open Day is the opportunity for aged care service providers to open their doors to their local community. Residential care facilities, community care providers, retirement villages provide care to 1 million Australians every year but people in the wider community are not always aware of what services are available.

For more information on how to get involved in National Open Day, visit nationalopenday.com.au.

2015 ACST State Conference: "Reform & Reality"- Launceston, 19 & 20 November

The 2015 ACST State Conference will be held at the Country Club Casino in Launceston on the 19th and 20th of November.

The conference theme is "Reform & Reality", and will be relevant for all thoseworking within our sector.

Please keep an eye on your emails for more information as it is released.

DSS briefings, Hobart & Launceston

The Department of Social Services (DSS) held briefings in both Hobart and Launceston during March on a number of changes to aged care, including the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), the MyAgedCare portal and Consumer Directed Care (CDC). The briefings also included an update from the Department of Human Services.

Copies of these presentations are now available for download from the DSS website.

2015 ACSA/IAHSA Conference - Perth

Aged & Community Services Australia is delighted to have won the bid to co-host the IAHSA International Conference in 2015.

The IAHSA-ACSA 11th Biannual International Conference - Global Communities Coming Together will take place in Perth from 31 August to 4 September 2015.

This event, significantly, marks IAHSA's 11th Biannual International Conference and ASCA's 40th anniversary.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE

2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards

Winners and Highly Commended recipients for the 2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards were:

Aged Care Organisation Award (sponsored by Millingtons)

WINNER - The District Nurses

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Emmerton Park

Aged Care Professional Award (sponsored by AETS)

WINNER - Skye Bowron, Glenview Community Services

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Sharon Lovell, Alzheimer's Australia (Tas)

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Cassie Hinz, St Ann's Homes

Volunteer Contribution Award (sponsored by Prime Times)

WINNER - Garth Murphy, Meercroft Care

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Diana Clark, Huon Eldercare

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Terry Harriss, South Eastern Community Care

Education and Training Award (sponsored by Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre)

WINNER - Sharon Butterworth, The Salvation Army - Barrington Lodge

Can Do Community Award (sponsored by AON Risk Solutions)

WINNER - Huon Eldercare Auxiliaries

Media, Marketing & Engagement Award (sponsored by The Senior Tasmania)

WINNER - OneCare

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Emmerton Park

Thank you again to our Major Sponsor HESTA for their generous ongoing support of the Tasmanian Aged Care Awards.

Click here to view photos from the event.

RedUSe program

RedUSe (Reducing use of sedatives) is an innovative UTAS-led project aiming to reduce the use of sedatives in aged care facilities.

The program will be implemented in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing, the National Prescribing Service, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Bupa, Southern Cross Care and independent aged care organisations.

RedUSe extensively researched the way psychotropic medicines are prescribed in aged care and used this information to shape an intervention study to reduce the use of sedatives in 25 aged care facilities in Hobart.

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