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.
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
According to health economist Dr Stephen Duckett, Labor’s win in Saturday’s election heralds real change in health policy. Although Labor had a small-target strategy, with limited big spending commitments, he says its victory represents a value shift to a party committed to equity and Medicare, and, potentially, a style shift to a hands-on, equity-oriented health minister.
On the eve of the election, strike action continues as aged care workers from Queensland’s Blue Care and Churches of Christ residential aged facilities are walking off the job today, intensifying pressure on the political parties to enact reforms post-election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Dr Danny Davis is managing director of not-for-profit community service provider LINK Community and Transport. He's been working to improve the effectiveness of government programs, having completed his PhD on the topic of quality-driven governance models and spoke to BIANCA ROBERTS.
Christine Sward has been a volunteer at Christian Homes Tasmania for more than 20 years. A popular winner of last year's ACSA's National Volunteer of the Year award, she speaks to BIANCA ROBERTS about the satisfaction and fulfillment she gets out of volunteering, and why others should consider it.