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.
ITAC 2014 in Hobart - Call for papers
The Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) 2014 organising committee invites the submission of presentations for the 7th Annual Information Technology in Aged Care Conference to be held 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.
If you are an aged care service provider or systems vendor we are seeking presentations from you that will educate the ITAC 2014delegates on the key issues within these information streams. We look forward to your participation at ITAC 2014.
For more information, email email@example.com.
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.
The goal is to promote positive images and relationships between the aged care andservices sector and our community and address the common stereotypes and misrepresentaions of the sector. We hope the day will help promotethe healthy and inspiring lives of older Australiansand stimulate volunteering and employment in the sector.
If you have any suggestions or thoughts on the national "Open Day" for aged care, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 ACST State Conference Presentations
Copies of the presentations from the 2013 ACST State Conference in Launceston are now available.
For more information on the conference or presentations, email email@example.com.
Apply for the 2014 ACST Graduate Nurse Program!
This year's group outside The Grange in Campbell Town
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 the 4th September, 2013 - requests for 'information packs' can be lodged prior to this date however packs will not be forwarded until the 4th September.
2013 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards
Entries are now open for the 2013 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards.
The Tasmanian Aged Care Awards celebrate outstanding efforts in the delivery of care to older Tasmanians and the sharing of innovation, excellence in practice and effective responses to community needs.
Download the 2013 entry form and brochure here.
ACS online training courses
Aged and Community Services Association of NSW and ACT incorporated has partnered with e3Learning to offer a suite of affordable, high quality online training modules for our members in NSW and ACT. These courses have been designed and developed in consultation with industry specialists.
There are more than 45 courses on a range of topics, including:
Health and Aged Care: Infection Control, Continence Management, Dementia and Wound Management
Workplace Health and Safety: Manual Handling, Risk Management and Duty of Care
Workplace Relations: Bullying & Harassment and Performance Management.
ACS has very kindly extended this offer to members and stakeholders of ACST. For more information, please visit the ACS website.
UTAS Bachelor of Dementia Care
After receiving feedback that many students were hoping to further their studies in dementia, the University of Tasmania is offering a Bachelor of Dementia Care, fully online, for the first time.
This online course provides a unique opportunity for anyone in Australia and internationally to obtain a university degree in dementia care, studying either part or full-time*. UTAS has also included an elective unit in the degree, that can be studied as a stand alone unit, Negotiated Studies in Understanding Dementia, for those students that have completed the MOOC and would like to gain a formal qualification for their learning.
As dementia care has been recognised as an area of acute community need, the University of Tasmania is offering HECS scholarships^ for students within Australia and New Zealand enrolling for a November 2013 start. Furthermore, a subsidised fee structure is being offered to students outside of Australia/New Zealand.
*Please note distance and/or part-time study is not available to international students studying under a Student Visa in Australia. ^Conditions Apply
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.