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Many workers to be better off as ‘arbitrary’ super payment threshold to end

Hundreds of thousands of Australians will be better off in retirement when the superannuation income threshold payment is dropped on July 1. The axing of the $450 threshold means employees aged 18 and over will have to be paid super, regardless of how much they earn.

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.

Passionate aged care student sets up Instagram page to share profession’s value

Twenty-four-year-old Jess, from Adelaide, has created an Instagram page to share her journey, network with other care workers and inspire others to join the industry. "I want people to see what it’s like working in aged care, how rewarding and amazing the job is," she says. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Striking workers target providers by taking protests to their headquarters

Striking aged care workers are taking their fight direct to Southern Cross Care headquarters in Adelaide, the latest in a series of rolling stoppages. UWU's Carolyn Smith, says workers want to appeal to the provider’s executive team directly, but Southern Cross Care chief executive David Moran said it would be more appropriate for pressure to be applied on government, rather than individual providers. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Brisbane aged care facility celebrates 50 eventful years of caring for seniors

A Brisbane aged care community set on land donated by pioneering European settlers is celebrating five decades of caring for local seniors.

Striking workers in WA, SA and Qld demand immediate action on COVID and staff shortages

The election may be done and dusted, but workers’ fights for meaningful reforms persists, as aged care staff in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia take to the streets in continued strike action.

Resources are at hand to help you deal with the death of a cherished elder in aged care

During this Palliative Care Week, it is important for aged care workers to check in with themselves and ask how they are coping with the reality of death in their workplace? Flinders University's Professor Jennifer Tieman, tells BIANCA ROBERTS about how she and her team have been working on resources developed to provide some much needed care to the emotionally fatigued in the sector.

Health dept tips for managing influenza and COVID-19 in aged care

As winter sets in, the department of health is strongly encouraging facility operators and management to engage with residents and workers to discuss influenza and COVID-19 vaccination options and support the consent process to achieve optimum vaccination coverage.

Labor’s pledge to properly pay women and care workers is a start, but it won’t be easy

The Fair Work Commission is now considering a claim by unions to increase award rates in aged care to an average of $29 an hour. But that won’t fix the deeper problem - that heavily-feminised occupations are undervalued. Labor is promising to make gender pay equity an objective of the Fair Work Act.

Rural Locum Assistance Program a great work/travel opportunity for aged care workers

Aged care workers will now have the opportunity to receive subsidised travel across the country by signing up to do locum work in some of the nation's most under-resourced rural facilities. Liam Correy, a registered nurse from Hobart, has travelled to more than ten different sites across regional WA, and says the compensation for his travel has allowed him to explore the country to an extent that he never dreamed of. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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