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Senate committee calls for COVID royal commission, including aged care impact

A royal commission should be set up to examine Australia's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Senate committee has recommended. The committee's chairwoman, Labor senator Katy Gallagher, said there had been multiple Government failures in relation to the pandemic.

APA confident, advocates wary re: Colbeck’s understanding of role of physio in aged care

The Australian Physiotherapy Association says there is light at the end of the tunnel regarding the suspected “death of allied health” provision in residential aged care - a feared consequence of perceived holes in new funding instrument, the AN-ACC. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

CHA welcomes telehealth permanency announcement

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that telehealth will become a permanent feature of primary health care.

Alignment of regulations across care and support sectors to improve quality and safety

The Morrison Government says work to align regulation across the aged care, disability and veterans’ care sectors will significantly improve quality and safety for participants and consumers.

Recording of webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccinations in residential aged care now available

A recording of the live webinar on the COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care, held on 3 November 2021, is now available on the Department’s website.

Independent aged care COVID findings to be implemented by Govt

All recommendations made as part of a review into COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care facilities will be adopted by the Federal Government.

Aged care residents to begin receiving third COVID jabs from early November

Aged care residents are expected to start receiving third jabs from the second week of November if the medicines regulator and expert immunisation panel approves the move.

Committed lobby group campaigning hard to ensure Aged Care Reform Now

A royal commission is only as valuable as the reform it materialises. And lobby group Aged Care Reform Now has formed to ensure that the Government sticks to its word on implementing the myriad reforms necessitated within the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Nothing being done by Govt to counter jab proof forgeries

Serious concerns have been raised after the Federal Government revealed work was not being done to counter faked coronavirus vaccination certificates.

Ban on unvaccinated aged care staff begins, no expected workforce shortages: Hunt

More than 20 per cent of aged care workers aren't fully vaccinated and a small proportion haven't had a single dose as the sector's coronavirus jab mandate begins.

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