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Please explain: What is a booster and why do I need one?

A high COVID-19 vaccination rate is allowing even the hardest-hit Australian states to begin to return to normal. But why do we need a third shot? Professor Janaki Amin, from the Macquarie University Department of Health Systems and Population, explains.

Best practices when replacing pagers to manage change, reduce risk, and strengthen safety

Aged care organisations can avoid siloed communication devices and communication dead ends in four steps - unification, support, integration and communication.

How to support a person with dementia as lockdowns ease

Lockdowns lasting months in some states have seen tight restrictions on visitors to nursing homes. So as lockdowns ease, and if you’re vaccinated, you might be planning a happy reunion with your friend or family. Here’s what to look out for on your first visit, and how to support your loved one after that.

How increased communication from aged care organisations can deliver safer, more holistic, and quicker patient care  

The healthcare sector has seen many lifesaving developments stem from technology over the past 10 years. From the improvement of telehealth for remote communities to the implementation of digital patient histories. However, there are still gaps in this gradual automation process.

The mental health challenges facing ageing women: insights from female baby boomers

Members of the 'baby boomers' generation are now in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Too often, the notion of an ageing population is assumed to mean that we – as individuals and collectively – are in decline. This construction of older members of society can have an adverse effect on mental health.

Aged care staff urgently need training to report and prevent sexual assault

An estimated 50 sexual assaults occur nationally every week in Australian residential aged care facilities. Despite this shocking figure, none of the aged care royal commission’s 148 recommendations specifically address the prevention of sexual violence.

Keeping workers COVID-safe requires more than just following public health orders

As part of the scientific advisory group OzSAGE, the Grattan Institute's Stephen Duckett and others are issuing guidance to employers about creating COVID-safe working environments. They propose organisations follow a four-level hierarchy of COVID controls.

Only 3.8 per cent of Australian aged care homes would meet new mandatory minimum staffing standards: new research

One of the most significant outcomes from the aged care royal commission was the Federal Government’s commitment this year to mandate minimum staffing levels in residential aged care homes by 2023. Our study shows only a tiny fraction of aged care homes would already comply with the new requirements.

Australia should look to the outstanding vaccination example set by our aged care workforce: opinion

Our Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Professor Alison McMillan, says our aged care workforce deserves the nation's gratitude for its commitment to caring for and protecting senior Australians by getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

PICAC Alliance’s grand vision for a culturally inclusive aged care system

It is critical that the new Aged Care Act (The Act) enshrines the cultural, linguistic, and spiritual needs and preferences of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and that the principles of The Act are translated into everyday practise within aged care service delivery.

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