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New research reveals how Aussies really feel about end-of-life, death and dying

New research has provided a revealing insight into the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of Australians around death, dying and end-of-life planning. The research was conducted in the lead-up to Dying to Know Day (August 8), which aims to improve death literacy and positivity in individuals and communities through local events.

Restrictive practices bill gets green light, aged care advocates voice disappointment

While some are celebrating the first legislation to be enacted by the new parliament, regarding restrictive practices in aged care, advocates including Greens Senator Janet Rice and senior barrister Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, are concerned that amendments were rejected that would have ensured the interests of aged care residents are protected. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Aged care law first to pass new parliament

Laws responding to the recommendations of the aged care royal commission have become the first to pass parliament under the new Labor Government.

Govt to begin consulting experts on national response to long COVID

A national plan to respond to the effects of long COVID will soon be part of the Federal Government's pandemic response. Health minister Mark Butler says he's seeking expert advice on how to address the long-term effects of the virus.

Lawyers and advocates unite in last minute bid to halt controversial restrictive practices bill

A bill tabled this week by new aged care minister Anika Wells, offering legal immunity to aged care providers and workers administering restrictive practices in ‘certain circumstances’, is, according to lawyers and advocates, a fundamental breach of human rights and requires urgent amendment before being passed. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Nearly 10,000 COVID-19 cases in aged care, vax rates now to be published online

As aged care facilities across the country battle COVID-19 outbreaks, with nearly 10,000 people infected with the virus, the Federal Government says older Australians are safer than in the two previous years.

Model train project gathers steam in Qld, helping alleviate isolation and loneliness

It's all aboard the innovation and creative thinking train up north, where Dementia Support Australia (DSA) and an aged care facility have joined forces to provide stimulation and enjoyment for a very special group of residents.

Butler announces Onsite Aged Care Pharmacist Consultation Paper at PSA22

Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler has used his opening address at PSA22, the leading education and professional development conference for pharmacists, on Friday to officially launch the Federal Government’s consultation paper on the Onsite Aged Care Pharmacist Program.

RMIT-Cisco Health Transformation Lab reveals potential for a futuristic response to aged care royal commission

The RMIT-Cisco Health Transformation Lab in Melbourne released a 42 page report yesterday, highlighting the use-case for smart-technologies as a means of reforming aged care quality. Aged Care News reporter BIANCA ROBERTS attended the launch, which showcased these technologies in action.

As VAD is poised for nationwide legalisation, new research highlights doctors’ prediction quandary

For the last 25 years residents in the Northern Territory and the ACT have not been able to legally participate in Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). A private members bill to be presented to the new federal parliament could change that. New research, however, highlights the need for more work to be done to clarify the accuracy of terminal prognoses. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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