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The Standard - December 2013

A conversation with Mark Brandon - part 2

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The Standard - November 2013

A conversation with Mark Brandon - part 1

After 11 years at the helm, Mark Brandon will depart as CEO of the Accreditation Agency when the company winds up on 31 December 2013.

This month's issue of The Standard features part one of a conversation with Mark about his achievements, experiences and changes he's witnessed in 11 years.

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The Standard - October 2013

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The Standard - December 2012

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The Standard - November 2012

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The Standard - October 2012

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The Standard - September 2012

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The Standard - August 2012

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The Standard - July 2012

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The Standard - June 2012

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The Standard - May 2012

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The Standard - April 2012

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The Standard - March 2012 (618kb)

Better Practice Awards 2012 - are you ready?; Assessment Manager NSW/ACT; Person-centred care; A constant companion; A friend in need; Live every day the Life Care way; Case in point; Older workers more reliable and responsible

 

The Standard - February 2012(552.2Kb)

The best medicine; Management changes; What would you like to say about our industry education program?; Laughter yoga - more popular than bingo and bus outings!; Stand up for dementia; Case in point - capacity; Cherishing and nurturing what we are about to lose; New palliative care resources now available

 

The Standard - December 2011(969.5Kb)

RSL Lifecare wins four Better Practice in Aged Care Awards; National data set; Case in point - dignity and capacity; E-learning success at Bupa; Education calendar 2012

The Standard - special edition re-issue

Preparing for an emergency; Expected outcome 4.6 Fire, security and other emergencies; Emergency checklist.

You can also read presentations from our Better Practice conferences on emergency and disaster management.

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The Standard - November 2011 (865kb)

Bupa Bellarine triple award winners; Making the most of complaints (new one-day workshop); What's in a word, article by Aged Care Commissioner Rae Lamb; Case in point - dignity and capacity; A good night's sleep at The Gardens; Speaking my language; A warm welcome for new staff

The Standard - October 2011 (996kb)

Better Practice Award winners announced; Emails from us; The flavour of the month at Better Practice; List of Better Practice Award winners; Growing through grief: the challenge of transition.

The Standard - September 2011 (1.75Mb)

Flood waters renew community spirit; ANAO report confirms our role; Get paid to develop your skills in aged care; Case in point - over the counter medicines; Celebrating a century; New approach to wound dressing pays off; Colour brightens up lives.

The Standard - August 2011 (834kb)

A shift in focus changes lives for the better; Regulatory compliance and the pursuit of excellence; Case in point - the safe use of motorised scooters; Art project has calming benefits.

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The Standard - July 2011 (756.1kb)

Tackling depression; Feedback about site visits; Toolkits for better practice drug use in aged care; New accreditation fees from 1 July 2011; Case in point; Geographe's garden; Staff sink their teeth into CI.

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The Standard - June 2011 (721.3Kb)

An ordinary man living an extraordinary life; New awards program; More vitamin D less falls; Accommodating Elders; Secret men's business at Lefroy Hostel; It's raining men at Lourdes Home Hostel; Arming ex-servicemen with life skills in later years; Q&A at Better Practice

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Special edition - Accreditation Grant Principles 2011 (636.3kb)

This special edition highlights the accreditation changes that now apply with the introduction of the Accreditation Grant Principles 2011.

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The Standard - May 2011 (976.2kb)

Improvements to infection control planning at Caroline Chisholm; electronic medication management at Sarina and falls prevention at Benhome. Also, latest research revealing reduced hospital transfers due to primary care services, feedback about our site visits and a call for documentation produced only for accreditation.

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The Standard - March 2011 (1006.7kb)

Better Practice in Aged Care Award winner Finlandia Village takes a restorative approach to care. Additional time given to providers to respond to support contact records. Respite care, the stepping stone to residential aged care and Our Lady of Consolation's catering initiatives.

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The Standard - February 2011(811.1kb)

A vision, a garden and a measuring tool - evidence based practice improves life for residents. An award-winning emergency-ward for improved dementia care in the acute sector, serial complaints explored in Case in point, review of stroke awareness resource and hot demand for organisation-direct courses.

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The Standard - December 2010

Ding dong! Merrily on high...read about the Rainbow Chimers award-winning project at SomerCare.
Also, in this issue Christmas food features; a big win for residential aged care in the Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards; culture and community life at Jewish Care; and an exciting new approach at Highercombe, South Australia. Case in point explores love, sex, intimacy and dementia in residential aged care.

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Special edition - 10 years of accreditation (1.58Mb)

The results of round four demonstrate that residential aged care homes across Australia continue to meet the Accreditation Standards. Congratulations to all Better Practice in Aged Care Award winners.

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Aldergate arts therapy

The Standard - November 2010 (944.8kb)

Aldersgate's Better Practice in Aged Care Award art therapy enjoyed by residents; Easier access to Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines, Case in point - resident needs vs family's understanding of residents needs; Preparing for heatwaves in aged care; Depression - common but NOT a normal part of ageing.

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The Standard - October 2010

Improved resident care with less restraint at Melvista Nursing Home, Quality care in Ireland; Case in point - cultural and spiritual life; New and improved support contact records; Falls prevention resources and research; Fire safety regulation updates.

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The Standard - September 2010 (415.4kb)

Special food and food safety issue:
Bush tucker enjoyed by Frontier Services Rocky Ridge Nursing Home in Katherine; Case in point - bringing in food to celebrate cultural and personal events; Food safety for vulnerable populations update; Industry feedback 2009/10, Five ticks of approval and a further three years, and Hugh Mackay looking ahead - social changes that will shape aged care.

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Vera Hewitt and Anne Borthistle from Lady Small Haven Hostel

The Standard - August 2010 (443.8kb)

Giving back power and independence to residents at Lady Small Haven Hostel; Continence Aids Payment Scheme - more choice for the Australian public; Better Practice speaker - Michael Goldsworthy; Case in point - supply of medications in residential aged care homes; Understanding accreditation course delivered at your home; Feeling good at Carramar Hostel.

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Shawford lodge

The Standard - July 2010 (503.9kb)

Better Practice in Aged Care to Shawford Lodge for a nutrition program; new accreditation fees from 1 July 2010; the use of bedpoles; Case in point series focusing on residents who are long term smokers; Assessment - First, Fund Forensic, Futuristic and for Funding, Better Practice 2010 diary dates and aged care education/seminars.

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mt carmel

The Standard - June 2010 (674.9kb)

Better Practice in Aged Care Award for its program aimed at bridging the intergenerational gap at St Agnes Lodge Port Macquarie; Justice, respect and fullness of life for all; Good practice; Go-ahead for family-focused dementia project; Education news, Continuing professional education; Better Practice 2010 diary dates. Click here to read the web version. (874.2kb)

may 2010

The Standard - May 2010 (1.42Mb)

Better Practice in Aged Care Award for education at Geelong Aged Care; ACCV training partnership; Churches of Christ Care, Nursing services; Police checks; Designed to reduce stress; Recognising better practice; Entry into residential aged care can be prevented, New fact sheets; Better Practice 2010 diary dates. Click here to read the web version. (577.5kb)

BCS Kara Centre oral champions

The Standard - April 2010 (1.24Mb)

Better Practice award for better oral health at Kara Centre; Respect in an ageing society; Demystified accreditation - thank you; Dementia resources; Better Practice 2010 showcasing the best; Better Practice 2010 diary dates

Macquarie Care Centre

The Standard - March 2010 (451.4kb)

All in the timing - Macquarie Care Centre receives Better Practice award for medication research; Who cares for older Australians?; Swine flu; infection control resources; Falls management resources; Hip fractures decline among older Australians; Clinical governance step by step; Education and training courses; New State Manager Victoria/Tasmania

Redhead

The Standard - February 2010 (573.8kb)

Redhead Gardens Hostel wins Better Practice award for palliative care program; focus on palliative care; making the link between information systems and better care; new course - understanding accreditation.

Special edition

The Standard - Special edition (357.5kb)

Preparing for an emergency - residential aged care services bushfire ready resource available on Victoria DHA website; a list of helpful websites; a checklist to consider when developing an emergency management plan; an example on preparing for natural disasters in Western Australia; Floods in NSW example. Use the inside pages of this special edition to plan for these events.

Resiaction

The Standard - December 2009 (448.3kb)

Better Practice in Aged Care Award: Resiaction - 'a reason to get up in the morning'; Better Practice 2010 call for abstracts; That's entertainment!; Oaks Day; Extreme adventures at Cobden; Summer and fluid intake; Organisational leadership the key to a happy workforce; Art and Crafts show; Seminars and courses.

DePaul Villa

The Standard - November 2009 (218.8kb)

Self assessment; Skype brings sisters together; Residents get IT savvy; Technology unites young and old as Anglican Care residents get Wii fit; 'Surfing' can prevent depression; Better Practice in Aged Care Award - DePaul Villa, Qld; Something to think about - relatives of residents: their experience from their point of view; Seminars and courses; Better Practice 2010.

Supper Club dancing

The Standard - October 2009 (499.2kb)

Accreditation is an integral part of a safety and quality framework; grants available for NSW aged care homes; preparing for a gastro outbreak; swine flu vaccination update; new seminar - information systems; SCORE; hot water bottle warning; keys to identifying acute stress disorder and post traumatic stress disorder; the Supper Club; better use of medicines needed in palliative and end-of-life care.

 

The Standard - September 2009 (541.5kb)

ISQua accreditation audit; Another shade of blue; Buddies get together for better care; Preventing falls; Expect the unexpected; Accreditation essentials; Agency courses and seminars dates and locations

St Anne's Nursing Home

The Standard - August 2009 (655kb)

Accreditation essentials; changes to the aged care quality assessment course; pain program wins Better Practice in aged care award; Holistic person-centred care the focus at Better Practice Melbourne; a better life for one resident with the flick of a switch.

ISQua surveyors

The Standard - July 2009 (452.6kb)

Assessors qualify as ISQua surveyors; What you think about us; Beating the blues

June cover pic

The Standard - June 2009 (1.77Mb)

Assessment module 14; New resources for homes; Infection control: Improving CI plans

May Standard

The Standard - May 2009 (924.7kb)

Information for the industry: New Assessment module for on residents, Helpful websites by Accreditation Standard, Preventing falls, In-house training, 2.8 Pain management, Traffic lights improve resident lifts.

April 2009

The Standard - April 2009 (1.47Mb)

Initiatives used within residential aged care homes: Stimulating the senses, Enhancing behaviour with interpersonal contact, Puppetry - not just for kids, Residents 'wrapped' with this outcome, Dancing the blues away, Providing for resident needs, Taking care of the lives in our hands.

March 2009 The Standard

The Standard - March 2009 (883.6kb)

Infection control focus: Reducing infectious outbreaks, Minimising infection outbreaks, Prevention is worth it, Outbreak co-ordinators, Stay close to your state health department, Strengthening infection control, Food safety update.

quality of ilfe

The Standard - February 2009 (427.1kb)

Information systems focus; Ease of communication in acute care planning;Continuous care made easy; Electronic care implementation causes reduction in falls; More resident time, less paperwork; Better Practice in Aged Care Awards.

December 2008 The Standard

The Standard - December 2008 (942.2kb)

Culture focus; A stimulating focus for dementia patients; Juninga residents do it outdoors; Catering to diversity on the North Coast; staff and residents 'graduate' together; Art success for the James Watson team.

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The Standard - October 2008 (619.1kb)

Focus on Human resource management: Growing their own in Victoria; Up-skilling in WA; From cleaner to carer; Training for leadership; Student help has multiple benefits; Assessor registration update.

 

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The Standard - September 2008 (450.8kb)

Third special edition - focus on risk management: Expected outcome 1.8; Expected outcome 2.13; Expected outcome 3.7; Application Accreditation fees

 

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The Standard - August 2008 (522.9kb)

Second special edition - focus on risk management: Expected outcome 1.6; Expected outcome 2.5; Expected outcome 2.7; Assessment team performance 2007/2008

 

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The Standard - July 2008 (520.9kb)

First special edition - focus on risk management: Expected outcome 1.1; Expected outcome 2.1; Expected outcome 2.4; Expected outcome 2.8; QUEST session update; Meet Raelene Thompson State Manager Victoria/Tasmania

 

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The Standard - June 2008 (668.1kb)

Focus on clinical care: Using technology to drive clinical care standards; Going electronic improves care planning; Improved IT will help doctors within aged care; Team approach drives up clinical care on north coast; Putting sport and music into physio; Notifying residents and representatives of an audit

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The Standard - May 2008 (754.5kb)

Focus on leisure interests and activities: preparations afoot for another art and craft show; dolls not just for child's play; remembering, celebrating and dreaming together, kosher ice-cream parlour a hit!
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The Standard - April 2008 (585.8kb)

Dealing with pain management when coupled with dementia; Educating staff for better outcomes; Over assessment better than under assessment; Pain management strategies; Alternative ways of combating pain; The need to understand pain
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The Standard - March 2008 (452.6kb)

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Focus on infection control: Flu season ahead - time to get ready; Call to action during infection outbreak; Dementia adds another dimension to infection control; New manual aids infection outbreak prevention.
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The Standard - February 2008 (326.2kb)

Dementia care: Creativity proves valuable in dementia care; Innovative strategies for dementia; Dealing with a difficult time of day; Wandering; plus New Minister for Ageing and Director profile
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The Standard - December 2007 (636.3kb)

Aged care through the festive season and beyond; focus on cultural and spiritual life; director profile
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The Standard - November 2007 (389.7kb)

Sustaining a healthy workforce; introducing staff in Agency's Melbourne office; Anglican Care uses clinical governance to enhance standards; computerisation improves resident care at IBIS; Better Practice Melbourne
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The Standard - October 2007 (524.8kb)

Focus on leisure interests and activities: Cappuccino hour at Scalabrini, Playgroup brings joy to generations; Is religion good for our health?
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The Standard - September 2007 (394.5kb)

Special edition on the improvement of the aged care industry since 2000
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The Standard - August 2007 (299.5kb)

Medication management; Wedding belles; Speaking your language; Redland Residential Care; Cruising - again; Focus on medication management; Director profile
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The Standard - July 2007 (425.4kb)

Protecting independence; Improved feedback; My write foot; Out 'n' about; Focus on independence; Director profile
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The Standard - June 2007 (456.3kb)

WA nurse of the year; National palliative care initiative launched; History on display; Focus on oral and dental care; A visit to yesteryear; Going platinum
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The Standard - May 2007 special edition (928kb)

Special edition on preparing for an unannounced visit from the Agency - About unannounced visits; Planning for your unannounced visit; Once the Agency is on site; A plan for the day; Start planning NOW!; Self-assessment; The Assessment Modules
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The Standard April 2007 (429.8kb)

For the love of art, Introducing the new Minister, Criminal records checks, Cooking up a storm, Getting to know you, Focus on cultural and spiritual life, Director profile
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The Standard - March 2007 (362.5kb)

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Influenza outbreak - one home's experience; Mixed nuts award; Infection control toolkit tackles the Norovirus; Influenza - is it worth the risk?
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The Standard - February 2007 (781.4kb)

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Continuous improvement - an integral part of core business; Assessment modules; Learning and development opportunities for staff; Nurse practitioner makes history; Director profile
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The Standard - December 2006 (925kb)

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Evidence based practice; seminars on strategic continuous improvement; residential aged care communique; Government's new aged care website; Mobile again; Better Practice in aged care awards
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The Standard - November 2006 (880.6kb)

Unannounced visits; Celebration of life; Tips for getting the most from your internal audits; Better Practice in aged care awards; New online resource on culturally appropriate aged care
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The Standard - Aug/Sep 2006 (1.14Mb)

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Increased unannounced visits; education for industry; hip protectors save the day; safe and sound?
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The Standard - July 2006 (1.4Mb)

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Never too old to burn rubber; Influenza, influenza pandemic and aged care; infection control - what assessors look for; Better Practice Award recipients
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The Standard - May/June 2006 (1010.4kb)

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Budget statement; spot checks; nutrition and hydration; qualitty indicators; Better Practice in aged care award recipients
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The Standard - April 2006 (792.2kb)

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Action on complaints; Residents rally around baton relay; Profile Keitha Griggs; Better Practice in Aged Care Award recipients; Assessor education benefits residents; Accreditation guide
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The Standard - March 2006 (559.7kb)

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Better practice at Winston Lodge; Aged care snapshot; Profile of Maree Gaffney, training coordinator; Better Practice Award recipients; Occupational therapy makes a difference; Chelsea Manor enters Melbourne's Olympic Dream Fun Run
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The Standard - February 2006 (1013.1kb)

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Aged stretch it out with the young; Better Practice Awards recipients; Young and old connect in Marangaroo, WA; Helping the kids at Christmas; Better Practice 2006
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The Standard - December 2005 (891.4kb)

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Bird watching builds self-esteem; Agency DVD wins national award; Don't speak English good?; Informed choices
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The Standard - November 2005 (698.3kb)

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Stars in aged care recognised; Taking it off for breast cancer; Preventing medication errors; Ideas to promote transfer and mobility skills
 

The Standard - October 2005 (806.2kb)

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Award for Amity at Newcomb; Holiday of a lifetime; Improved service through surveys; Fancy a cuppa?
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The Standard - September 2005 (670.0kb)

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New look website for the Agency, bringing back a resident's smile, understanding the survivors' journey
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The Standard - August 2005 (688.5kb)

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The Agency's new DVD, Living with dementia, Clown doctors 'operating' in aged care, the Agency's Better Practice events...
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The Standard - July 2005 (773.3kb)

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Love, compassion and dignity - The Standard survey results - Call for assessors - Profile: Sharon Davis, NT Manager
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The Standard - June 2005 (1.34Mb)

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Pencils, paints and dementia - Mental health for staff the Spencer way - Glen Waverley on a winning streak - Weeding out the generation gap - Better Practice in Aged Care Awards
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The Standard - April 2005 (399.2kb)

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Accreditation: What's new?, Better Practice events, Profile Phil McDonald, Aged Care Quality Assessor...
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The Standard - February 2005 (416.9kb)

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Harmony in urban oasis, nurse practitioners, accreditation innovation, do you have an evacuation plan?

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