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Inquest hears St Basil’s residents transferred to hospital ‘malnourished and dehydrated’

Residents from a Melbourne aged care home struck by COVID-19 appeared malnourished, dehydrated and "barely conscious" after being transferred to a hospital, an inquest has been told.

National webinar on aged care COVID-19 preparedness

The federal department of health is encouraging aged care providers to check and maintain their COVID-19 outbreak management preparedness as we continue to move towards ‘living with COVID’.

OPAN report reveals system still with a long way to go responding to royal commission recommendations

The contents of a new qualitative report from the Older Person’s Advocacy Network paint a picture of a system that has a long way to go in realising the recommendations of the royal commission. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Online program helping chronic pain sufferers regulate emotions and reduce flare-ups

Australian researchers have developed a novel online program to help people living with chronic pain better self-regulate and handle negative emotions as well as mitigating painful flare ups.

Young kids and elders lift each others’ spirits through magical Notes to Nursing Homes pen pal program

A pen pal system between Woy Woy South Public School on the NSW Central Coast and nearby residential aged care facility HammondCare Woy Woy has allowed students and the home’s residents to swap pictures, stories and jokes during some of the most strict of lockdown conditions. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

AMA says Omicron underlines need for more vigorous rollout and national quarantine facilities

The emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant underlines the need for Australia to develop a network of dedicated quarantine facilities and to pursue the roll out of booster shots more vigorously, the AMA said on Monday.

Government welcomes release of nation’s aged care system overview

The Federal Government has said it welcomes the release of the overview of Australia’s age care system, the Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act (1997). 

Inquest told nurse boss advised against St Basil’s evacuation

The nation's chief nursing and midwifery officer initially advised against a wholesale evacuation of a coronavirus-hit Victorian aged care home a week before it was shut down, an inquest has heard.

Swan insists third dose of COVID-19 vaccine not just a ‘booster’ – it’s a must

ABC radio journalist and author Dr Norman Swan has told delegates at the LASA virtual forum From Pandemic to Endemic: The Future of Aged Care and COVID-19, that we must redefine the COVID-19 vaccine schedule as a three-dose regimen.

Nurse tells inquest St Basil’s emergency staff handover was ‘chaos’

A former nurse at a Victorian aged care home where 45 residents died of COVID-19 has told an inquest she could never bring herself to work in the industry again.

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