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Booster significantly reduces hospitalisation and severe disease: new COVID study

An Australian-first study on the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines has found a third COVID jab provides two thirds more protection from death or hospitalisation from Omicron.

17 per cent of the Australian population estimated to have contracted Omicron variant: new study

According to a new study of blood-donors, it is estimated that 17 per cent of the Australian adult population has recently been infected with the Omicron strain of COVID-19, giving a new meaning to being "O-positive".

Jabs urged as COVID surges in Hong Kong, swamps aged care facilities

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the city's vaccination program will target the elderly and children amid a surge in coronavirus infections. The virus is ripping through aged care homes and overwhelming hospitals.

COTA calls for an end to prolonged aged care lockdowns

Council on the Ageing CEO Ian Yates says while locking down residential aged care facilities at the start of an outbreak is understandable, it can't continue indefinitely.

Miniature brains offer new directions in dementia research

In between juggling home schooling and the other stresses of pandemic life, Macquarie University dementia researchers Associate Professor Yazi Ke and Professor Lars Ittner found that stem cell technology had progressed to a point where they could potentially use it to create miniature brains.

Aged care workers believe sector unprepared for Omicron

A new HSU survey has revealed four in five aged care workers believe their facility was not prepared for the Omicron variant and a "let it rip" approach to COVID-19.

Inquest hears hospitals were ‘angry’ at St Basil’s transfers

Hospitals became "angry" when COVID-19 positive residents started being transferred from a Melbourne nursing home where 45 people died from last year's outbreak, a nurse has revealed.

Victoria’s aged care facility workers – exempt from authorised worker permit scheme

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews recently announced that from 11:59pm Tuesday, August 17, across metropolitan Melbourne, permits will be required for people to travel and attend workplaces to perform authorised work, unless an exemption applies.

Why visitor management in aged care facilities is critical

Despite vaccinations now ramping up across Australia, the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. Recent events have demonstrated how easily and quickly the virus can spread within the community.

Viral respiratory infection already on the rise in aged care before pandemic

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has shown viral respiratory infections have been increasing among Australia’s residential aged care population even before COVID-19.

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