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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.

Call for Case Studies and Abstracts - 2014 ACSA National Conference

The ACSA National Conference Committee calls for the submission of case studies and abstracts for the ACSA 2014 National Conference.

Share your ideas and successful strategies with colleagues in Workshops and Masterclasses

Full details on categories can be found at the conference website at www.acsaconference.org.au

StewartBrown Financial Benchmarking and Reform update - April 2014

Chartered Accountancy StewartBrown recently presented the findings from its 2013 Financial Performance in Aged Care survey to a group of providers in Hobart.

The presentation includes some fascinating and useful figures and information for providers of aged care services.

To download part one of the presentation, click here.

To download part two of the presentation, click here.

ITAC 2014 in Hobart

The 7th Annual Information Technology in Aged Care Conference will be held on the 22nd and 23rd July 2014 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

The theme of the conference, "Digital Revolution in Seniors Living - assistive technologies: disruptor or enhancer of services?" emphasises the importance of information technology in establishing a sustainable, quality focused aged care environment.

The conference will bring together local and international experts across the fields of community care, medication management, assistive technologies and offsite information systems delivery. These critical aged care topics will be discussed from a practical perspective, highlighting the information we need to know now to better manage and design aged care service delivery.

For more information, email itac2014@cve1.com.au.

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.

Aged care "Open Day" - 20 June 2014

20 June 2014 will mark thefirst national "Open Day" for aged care. On this day we will join the UK and many other countries around the world, in an Open Day for the communityto come and visit their local aged care provider.

Since opening registrationthere have been 68 facilities register to participate in Australia's First National Open Day. To see a list of current participants and what they are planning to do, please Click Here

We are delighted to invite you to register your organisation for the Open Day to be held on 20 June. We very much look forward to having community and HACC providers join us as well. This is the inaugural event to celebrate aged care in Australia, and in fact to join providers around the globe. All you need to do is hold an event on Friday 20 June (or Saturday 21 June) to help us put a spotlight on high quality care.

By registering you will receive updates about what people are doing in Australia, hints and ideas, draft media releases and draft letters, posters etc to help make your event a success. It's free and we will be working at getting local, state and national media coverage.

Remember, Earth Hour started small .... so join us as we create positive stories and images on aged care services.

Please Click Here to register your participation in the First Australian National Open Day.

If you have any questions about the national "Open Day" for aged care, please emailrobert.hill@agedcaretas.org.au.

2013 ACST State Conference Presentations

Copies of the presentations from the 2013 ACST State Conference in Launceston are now available.

Click here for a full list of conference presentations.

For more information on the conference or presentations, email robert.hill@agedcaretas.org.au.

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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