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Wound care digital toolkit ‘powerful asset’ to improve health and quality of life for aged care residents

More than 400,000 Australians are estimated to suffer chronic wounds at any given time, with the condition costing the system more than $3.5 billion. Coviu, the Federal Government's video telehealth platform of choice, is being funded to develop an innovative digital solution for wound care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Inquest hears St Basil’s residents transferred to hospital ‘malnourished and dehydrated’

Residents from a Melbourne aged care home struck by COVID-19 appeared malnourished, dehydrated and "barely conscious" after being transferred to a hospital, an inquest has been told.

OPAN report reveals system still with a long way to go responding to royal commission recommendations

The contents of a new qualitative report from the Older Person’s Advocacy Network paint a picture of a system that has a long way to go in realising the recommendations of the royal commission. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

‘Fed up’ aged care workers nationwide endorse strike action

Aged care workers have made an unprecedented commitment to pursue protected strike action if their claims for a decent wage, more care time and more respect are not met by employers.

Dalrymple a volunteering diamond lifting hearts and minds because she can

Volunteers are often the lively and uplifting heartbeat of an aged care facility and at Carinity Clifford House in Brisbane, one such selfless soul has been raising the spirits of those around her for as long as anyone can remember.

Private beds transfer not considered for St Basils residents, despite ready availability

Evacuating residents of a Melbourne aged care home hit by COVID-19 to private hospitals was never seriously considered despite hundreds of beds being available, an inquest has heard.

How a timely transparent mask invention is helping restore vital visual communication

For older Australians, especially those with hearing or cognitive impairment, Covid-19-induced face mask-wearing has caused widespread breakdowns in communication. Allysa Dittmar's transparent mask invention ClearMask, is bringing human connection, empathy, and comfort back into healthcare. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Parliament rises without passing important superannuation equity measure

HESTA, the largest superannuation fund to Australia's health and community services sector, says it's disappointed that the last Parliament sitting day for the year has ended without progressing legislation that would fix a super loophole that sees those earning less than $450 a month with an individual employer miss out on super contributions.

Buttrose announces 19 Memory Walk & Jog events for 2022 in support of people living with dementia

Dementia Australia Patron Ita Buttrose AC OBE is encouraging all Australians to show their support for people living with dementia by participating in one of the 19 Memory Walk & Jog events planned for the 2022 series.

Young kids and elders lift each others’ spirits through magical Notes to Nursing Homes pen pal program

A pen pal system between Woy Woy South Public School on the NSW Central Coast and nearby residential aged care facility HammondCare Woy Woy has allowed students and the home’s residents to swap pictures, stories and jokes during some of the most strict of lockdown conditions. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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