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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.

Apply for the 2015 ACST Graduate Nurse Program

Our innovative Graduate Nurse Program has been designed to support and mentor newly graduated nurses who are transitioning to work to become confident, safe, competent and professional practitioners.

The program is focused on supporting graduates to become the best aged care nurse they can be. The graduate will be exposed to various aged care areas, this allows the graduate to experience different types of nursing including high/acute care, low care, palliative care, dementia specific care, and in some instances community care and nursing duties relevant to 'multi purpose' health centres.

Applications open on the13thAugust-requests for 'information packs' can be lodged prior to this date.

Click HERE for more information and to request an information pack.

2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards

Entries are now open for the 2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards.

The Tasmanian Aged Care Awards recognise and reward aged care workers, providers, volunteers and communities in providing services for older Tasmanians. The Awards aim to celebrate outstanding efforts in the delivery of care and services and promote the sharing of good practices and effective responses to community needs.

Now in their sixth year, the Tasmanian Aged Care Awards will bring together the sector's most dedicated and talented individuals, organisations and community groups in a celebration of their dedication and passion for aged care services in Tasmania.

To download a copy of the Awards nomination form and entry guidlines, please click here.

2014 ACSA National Conference - 7-10 September, Adelaide

The2014 Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) National Conferenceprogram in Adelaide is designed for us all to redefine the experience of ageing in our communities, questioning everything about delivery of services and what else is possible. The sector has matured and is ready to work on a new image/pathway for aged care.

Aged & Community Services Australia is excited towelcome delegates to Adelaide from 7-10 September for ACSA National Conference 2014. This year's theme isComing of Age, Redefining Ageing.

We will meet at the Adelaide Convention Centre to network with friends old and new and to learn how providers of residential and community services are adapting to change. Please join us for what we know will be a most interesting and informative program of plenary sessions, master classes and social events.

For more information or to register, click here.

Sample RADs & DAPs Calculator

To download a sample RADs and DAPs calculator, please click here.

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.

2014 SAGE Study tour program

SAGE offers innovative study tours to the aged care and retirement living industries. SAGE delegates have the opportunity to evaluate the advancement of Eldercare from a global perspective and receive insights from some of the world's most highly respected industry professionals.

In 2014, SAGE will be touring Europe, North America and Africa. For more information or to register for these tours please visit www.sagetours.com.au

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