Aged care staff working in home care and community services are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible to ensure increased protection for the vulnerable older Australians for whom they care.
Locking down residential aged care facilities has been seen by many providers during the pandemic as the only means of shielding residents from the incoming tidal wave of COVID-19 infections. But it's an intervention that has had serious side effects. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.
About 80 per cent of Australians do not know about an important change to superannuation that could see them tied to a fund for life from today, being stuck in a poor fund that could cost them up to $230,000.
A combination of low, stagnant wages and lack of affordable housing is making life hard for aged care workers across the country. Everybody’s Home spokesperson Kate Colvin tells Aged Care News that lack of affordable housing supply is at the heart of the problem.
Aged care advocates, sick of waiting for much needed staff ratios to be implemented, have launched a Change.org petition to put pressure on the Federal Government, so far garnering more than 375,000 signatures.
An ever increasing number of workers in industries such as aged care, hospitality and other essential industries are paying between a third and half of their income for basic housing. Everybody's Home national spokesperson, Kate Colvin says expanding social and affordable housing is the best way to tackle this problem.
Numerous Australian medical experts have backed calls for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose this week, to ensure the ongoing protection of elders. Leading the charge was doctor and journalist Dr Norman Swan, who told the ABC that the discourse should shift from talk of ‘boosters’ to a formal acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination as a three-step programme.