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Late last week, Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese gave the Australian Labor Party’s official Budget 2022-2023 reply speech. A cornerstone of the response was improvements to aged care.
Mr Albanese highlighted five key areas the Opposition would fund should they win the election next month.
1. A commitment to have a registered nurse on-site at each RACF (Residential Aged Care Facility) 24/7
2. Mandated minimum of 215 minutes of face-to-face care per resident per day
3. A wage rise for aged care workers
4. Mandatory nutrition standards in all RACF
5. Integrity and accountability - increased powers to the Aged Care Commissioner
This focus from Labor, along with Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt’s promise of continued funding of the Dental Services for Adults scheme last week means ADIA, along with other relevant associations can continue the work we are doing in the aged care sector, regardless of the outcome of next month’s election.
Improving the oral health of Australians in aged care
Following the recent results from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and budget promises from both major parties, the ADIA, along with several other associations and stakeholder groups look forward to continued advancement in the mission to improve the oral health of older Australians.
Currently, there is $107.8 million allocated to the Dental Services for Adults scheme each year. The Australian Oral Health Collaboration (AOHC) made up of ADIA, the University of Sydney, NSW Council of Social Service, ADA NSW and Rural and Remote Health, is working with stakeholders on both sides of politics to ensure some of this funding is earmarked for programs within aged care.
The allocated funding will ensure regular, ongoing healthcare in RACF. The scope of this care will include work placement of tertiary qualified dental hygienists via a pilot program being created with the University of Sydney, with a focus on prevention and non-emergency care.
Regular contact with a dental professional and prevention education will be integral to providing Australians in RACF with care in a way that minimises cost and pain, and ensures they are treated with dignity.
The ADIA as part of the AOHC looks forward to continued dialogue and further federal commitment to this plan during and beyond the election campaign.
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2022-2023 Federal Budget
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the Government’s annual budget on Tuesday night. The Treasurer declared the Coalition’s budget supported a “dramatic and material improvement to the bottom line”.
In the lead-up to the federal election, the spending package focused mainly on individuals and “cost of living relief in a targeted and temporary way”. The relief measures included one-off payments and an immediate 50 per cent cut to the fuel excise, which should trickle down to the user in the next fortnight, lasting until September.
You can read the Government release on the 2022-2023 Budget in full.
With a forecast deficit of $78 billion in 22-23, the package also included some incentives for business, relevant to ADIA members.
Technology Investment Boost
The increased Instant Asset Write-off is also still available. Originally released in March 2020 until June of the same year, the purchase threshold increased from $30,000 to $150,000 (per asset) and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover or income of less than $5B. The instant asset write-off is available until June 2023.
Read the ‘Delivering for Small Businesses’ package.
COVID-19 Winter Response Plan
The Treasurer briefly outlined the COVID-19 Winter Response Plan, including a $6 billion spend to ensure the transition to an open economy is insulated from increased cases of COVID-19 and Influenza during the colder months. The spend includes priority access to treatment for vulnerable populations, maximising access to vaccinations and testing, health system resilience, public communication, and a sizeable PPE investment for the National Medical Stockpile.
The Healthcare Package
As well as the COVID-19 strategy, the main healthcare focus on Tuesday night was the continued measures taken following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, along with a substantial package for mental health support services.
Healthcare and hospitals were also a key part of the Regional Accelerator Program, outlining heavy investment in several regional areas across Australia.
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On behalf of the ADIA Board, we would like to thank you for your support of ADX Sydney and SIDCON22.
With 193 exhibitors and a significant increase in the number of custom booths, stand activation programs and mascots, feedback from visitors attending ADX Sydney was that it was exceptional.
With 7485 visitors through the door, approximately 78% of visitors came from New South Wales. You can see the full breakdown of visitors in the table below.
The total visitor numbers exceeded the ADIA forecast of attendance. This shows an engaged community of dental professionals that continues to enjoy the value of ADX. The 2204 registered Exhibitor staff members managed to capture 12984 leads.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the People's Choice Award Winners at ADX Sydney.
Best Mascot - SDI Ltd
Best Activation - MiniMax
Best Small Booth - Primary Dental
Best Medium Booth - Curaprox
Best Large Booth - SDI Ltd
The effort, enthusiasm and imagination put into each individual stand is paramount in creating the buzz, attendance and engagement that leads to a successful event.
We would also like to thank the sponsors of ADX Sydney, all of whom played a large part in creating a safe, engaging and enjoyable show.
After the results of ADX Sydney we are really excited about ADX Brisbane to be held in 27th - 29th October 2022 at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The ballot for ADX Brisbane will open on the 30th March 2022 with the draw commencing on the 3rd May.
Please keep an eye on your inbox for the ADX Sydney post-event survey. We look forward to incorporating your feedback into our next event.
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Latest NSW COVID-19 News - a boost to consumer confidence
|From today, NSW will see restrictions eased ahead of schedule following Premier Dominic Perrottet’s announcement yesterday.
Seeing the stabilisation of COVID cases over the last couple of weeks indicates to the public that we are tracking well and should see a further boost in confidence.
COVID Safe Preparation for ADX Sydney 2022
|To ensure that ADX Sydney is as safe as possible, ADIA has conducted an updated risk assessment and will be implementing all recommendations at ADX Sydney.
ADIA will notify ADX Sydney attendees that:
ADIA will Supply Rapid Antigen Tests to all ADX Sydney exhibitors:
NSW Government guidelines are subject to change and precautions will be updated accordingly
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With 3357 delegate registrations (NSW: 79%, VIC: 8%, QLD: 5%, Other: 8%) and 177 exhibitors confirmed, we are pleased to see the optimism instilled in the community as a result of the massive drop in daily COVID-19 cases reported across Australia.
We are still continuing to receive enquiries and demand from organisations wanting to exhibit at ADX. So there's no doubt we'll be sold out in the next two weeks! Register Now Latest COVID-19 Business News Rent relief for small and family businesses:
As small and family businesses continue to grapple with the financial impact of the Omicron wave, the Victorian Government has extended a branch of support with the introduction of new regulations under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.
Eligible commercial tenants with an annual turnover of $10 million or less who have suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19 will be able to access the scheme. The new regulations operate from 16 January 2022 and run until 15 March 2022. Find out more COVID-19 Resources for Managing Your Business What to do if a worker tests positive at my workplace?
Victoria's Department of Health has provided information and advice for businesses who have a COVID-19 case in the workplace, including new changes workplaces need to know. Find out more New resources for tenants and landlords:
The Victorian Small Business Commission has developed a suite of resources to help make sure tenants and landlords are across what they need to know. Easy-to-search FAQS Optional letter templates for requesting rent relief (see question 17) and responding to a request (see question 22) Step-by-step process for tenants and landlords Helpful scenario showing how negotiations can break down and ways the VSBC can help New COVIDSafe Plan template:
A new COVIDSafe plan template is now available to help you reduce the risk of COVID?19 at your business. The updated template helps you document how you will manage a COVID?19 case in the workplace. It is mandatory for every Victorian business with on-site operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan in place. Find out more ...
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