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Five reasons to look after elderly neighbours in heatwaves

By Sarah Cunningham, Griffith University and Shannon Rutherford, Griffith University We all know someone who insists on wearing a cardigan in summer or refuses to...

Paxlovid is Australia’s first-line COVID antiviral but Lagevrio also prevents severe disease in over-70s

Australia is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID for 2022, with the number of people hospitalised with COVID trending to levels seen in winter and ongoing high levels of deaths. New COVID waves are expected to occur every three to four months for some time.

Aged care industry still fighting for fairness following Federal Budget: facility CEO

Colin Osborne is the CEO of Peninsula Villages on the NSW Central Coast, which accommodates 300 residents across its three residential care facilities. He's keen to highlight the mounting issues - increased expenses, PPE, quality control measures and a lack of workers - that face aged care in the current climate.

Most older Australians aren’t in aged care. Policy blind spots mean they live in communities that aren’t age-friendly

In response to the horror stories of abuse and neglect from the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the new Federal Labor government has made legislative changes. Prior to this, Australia’s most recent aged-care reforms were enacted a decade ago. The focus, however, is still largely on residential care homes, so what about older Australians in the broader community?

Fixing Australia’s home-based aged care system

Currently, there are more than 50,000 Australians on a waiting list for a home-care package. These people are frequently isolated, and are generally frail and grappling with a few health conditions.

Consistent language on voluntary assisted dying laws needed: UNSW Law & Justice expert

Dr Marc De Leeuw, a senior lecturer at UNSW's faculty of law and justice, says that national harmonisation of the terms used in determining access to voluntary assisted dying will increase equity of access.

Adult community education a solution option for solving the aged care workforce shortage

We all want the best care possible for those in our sector, but with a critical shortage of workers we ponder where and how will this seemingly accelerating workforce gap be filled? One surprising answer might be to look to the Adult Community Education providers that are training thousands of students in aged care every year.

How digital transformation can lead to a better aged care system

Reports of abuse, neglect and substandard care have plagued Australia’s aged care system, and knowing providers are meeting regulations and standards that are in place to protect some of our most vulnerable has never been more important, according to CVCheck CEO, Michael Ivanchenko.

The physio will see you now. Why health workers need to broaden their roles to fix the workforce crisis

The greatest workforce challenge Australia faces is in health, an issue that will likely be with us for another decade. Regardless what comes out of the upcoming jobs and skills summit, we need to broaden the scope of practice for some health workers, engage in better workforce planning, and reform how existing and new resources are deployed.

Mental distress is rising, especially for low-income middle-aged women

The new government faces a tough challenge in improving mental health. Very high psychological distress is rising most steeply in the middle-aged; more than doubling for women aged 55–64 from 2001–2018. Medicare spending and out-of-pocket mental health-care costs are increasing but those most needing care aren’t getting it.

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