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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past 18 months of COVID lockdowns, many of us have experienced the heaviness of loneliness — missing family, friends, and meaningful social contact. But even before the pandemic, loneliness was a daily experience for almost 20per cent of older Australians, particularly those over 75.