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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.

Our elderly are suffering in silence – it’s time we heard them

Tracey Ryan is a Special Counsel and the General Manager of Loss Recovery practices in a large law firm. She says since the royal commission things have got much worse in aged care, in what amounts to gross failings of the most vulnerable in our society.

Some of the world’s lowest dementia rates are found in Amazonian indigenous groups

As scientists around the world seek solutions for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reveals that two indigenous groups in the Bolivian Amazon have among the lowest rates of dementia in the world.

It’s International Women’s Day – and everything is not OK

Gender inequality in Australia is worse than many sub-Saharan countries – and the pandemic has only worsened the situation. So how might we start to close this alarming gender gap by creating fairer workplaces for women?

COVID mask mandates might be largely gone but here are 5 reasons to keep wearing yours

While mask mandates in most indoor settings might have been dropped in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, with Queensland to follow later this week, there are a few compelling reasons for you to keep wearing yours.

Today’s aged care falls well short of how we’d like to be treated – but there is another way

The staff in aged care are currently set up to fail. But the real failure of the system is the lack of funding that prevents making the changes already shown to work better.

How good design can make aged care facilities feel more like home

Residential aged care buildings are often institutionally designed, with long corridors, vast dining rooms, nursing stations and bland corporate furnishings. So, how can we make aged care facilities feel more like home, while keeping them pandemic-safe?

Do we really ‘lose our filter’ as we age?

Many of us will have experienced some unexpected honesty from the older people in our lives. Whether it’s grandma telling you your outfit is unflattering or grandpa saying he doesn’t like the meal you’ve prepared, we often explain it away by saying “Oh, don’t mind grandpa, he’s just lost his filter”. But do we really have a “filter”, and do we lose it as we get older?

Why is menopause still a taboo subject?

While menopause is a natural part of ageing, for many it remains an uncomfortable discussion subject. This transitional phase of life, though, is an opportunity to reset and empower.

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