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Thousands shunning ‘broken’ aged care system and turning to in-home support

Vittoria Primerano's carers in a Melbourne nursing home were so run off their feet they would forget to feed her. The Italian great-grandmother's daughter Maria Sampey decided to move her back home, one of thousands of Australians increasingly shunning aged-care services and instead turning to in-home supports for their loved ones.

Aged care sector stubbornly resisting telehealth uptake in COVID-normal phase

Telehealth was a vital alternative to in-person medical consultations during the COVID lockdowns, but recent changes to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and a lack of high speed, wireless internet connections that are accessible to aged care residents and their families has resulted in a poor uptake of telehealth in the sector. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted with CEO and founder of Coviu, Australia’s leading telehealth service provider, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer.

RACGP welcomes winter COVID-19 booster expansion

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the expansion of the COVID-19 winter booster program.

Experts concerned over low COVID booster uptake, particularly in Qld and NSW

Pathologists are sounding the alarm over the low uptake of coronavirus vaccine boosters as the national immunisation group suggests a fourth dose for some Australians.

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 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.

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.

Study finds half of first people hospitalised with COVID-19 still have symptoms two years on

Two years after infection with COVID-19, half of patients who were admitted to hospital still have at least one symptom, according to the longest follow-up study to date, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Facility manager lauds hard-working nurses and laments failure of Govt support for profession

Jill Dexter, a mother of four and veteran of more than 50 years in the aged care industry, is imploring both sides of parliament this International Nurses Day to commit to decisive action on the aged care crisis. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

On this special day ANMF celebrates the enormous contribution nurses make to our society

On today, International Nurses Day, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation is asking Australians to reflect and acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and dedication of our nurses working in health and aged care across the country.

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