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A collaboration between the Queensland University of Technology Design Lab, Griffith University, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University has unveiled the transformative power of integrating virtual reality (VR) in aged care settings.

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Exciting VR project allowing older persons to revisit their past and explore new worlds

A collaboration between the Queensland University of Technology Design Lab, Griffith University, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University has unveiled the transformative power of integrating virtual reality (VR) in aged care settings.

Health dept tips for managing influenza and COVID-19 in aged care

As winter sets in, the department of health is strongly encouraging facility operators and management to engage with residents and workers to discuss influenza and COVID-19 vaccination options and support the consent process to achieve optimum vaccination coverage.

Labor’s pledge to properly pay women and care workers is a start, but it won’t be easy

The Fair Work Commission is now considering a claim by unions to increase award rates in aged care to an average of $29 an hour. But that won’t fix the deeper problem - that heavily-feminised occupations are undervalued. Labor is promising to make gender pay equity an objective of the Fair Work Act.

Rural Locum Assistance Program a great work/travel opportunity for aged care workers

Aged care workers will now have the opportunity to receive subsidised travel across the country by signing up to do locum work in some of the nation's most under-resourced rural facilities. Liam Correy, a registered nurse from Hobart, has travelled to more than ten different sites across regional WA, and says the compensation for his travel has allowed him to explore the country to an extent that he never dreamed of. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New medicinal cannabis study gives hope to patients suffering chronic pain

New research from pioneer of the Australian medical cannabis market, Little Green Pharma (LGP), is providing promising results for long-suffering patients with chronic pain.

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Palliative Care Week highlights important discussions we should all have: opinion

No one in the “prime of their life” thinks to sit down and discuss with their family how they want to be treated at the end of their life, but it’s an important discussion that we should all have. As we look toward Palliative Care Week (May 22-28) those of us who work in the sector hope it will spark more open conversations about what happens at the end of life.

Labor’s plans for aged care are targeted but fall short of what’s needed: Opinion

While Labor’s announcements in Anthony Albanese's budget reply speech last week are worthy initiatives, they stop short of the comprehensive plan we need for reform, according to La Trobe University's HAL SWERISSEN.

Technology critical for delivering equitable, efficient, and economic outcomes into our future: Opinion

InteliCare CEO Jason Waller says more money simply isn’t going to fix the structural issues of a critical workforce shortage. Until we work smarter, empowering workers with technology that allows them to deliver better care to more people more efficiently, the budget simply goes unspent and services continue to go undelivered.

Government’s prescriptive funding of aged care services woefully inadequate

The rights of older people have been neglected for too long, SCOTT WILLIS says. Every recipient of health services should have access to evidence-based treatments and support but the current prescriptive funding of residential aged care services, in place since 2007, is woefully inadequate.

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