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Aged care

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.

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

New medicinal cannabis study gives hope to patients suffering chronic pain

New research from pioneer of the Australian medical cannabis market, Little Green Pharma (LGP), is providing promising results for long-suffering patients with chronic pain.

Labor has a huge health agenda ahead of it. What policies should we expect?

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.

Pre-election strike action an insight into level of ‘anger and frustration’ of workers

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

Furry pet therapy volunteers bringing smiles to faces of aged care residents

During National Volunteer Week, well-earned and overdue recognition is lavished on the many thousands of selfless human givers across the country, but what about our four legged heroes?

Money is vital but systemic reforms that improve service accessibility are just as important: expert

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.

COVID-19 aged care deaths a concern, crisis ‘in full swing’

"How can we lose more than 350 senior Australians to COVID since the election campaign was launched and no one is talking about this," United Workers Union aged care director Carolyn Smith says.

ADA says it looks forward to working with The Greens on oral health

The Australian Dental Association has congratulated The Greens for including oral health in their 'balance of power' shortlist in the event of a minority party parliament.

Volunteer of the Year says when it comes to helping others ‘it’s just in my heart’

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.

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