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Important steps to helping older Australians avoid emergency departments

Improving the care of older Australians in a bid to help them avoid hospital emergency departments will be the focus of a new project that federal health minister Greg Hunt says has been awarded funding from the Medical Research Future Fund.

Patrick has high hopes for 24-7 nursing care bill, but concerned lower house may veto amendments

Twenty-four hour nursing requirements in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) have been added to the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2021, which was read for the third time and ultimately passed in the Senate last night. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Govt joins united front on inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines in aged care

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have joined the government in releasing a joint statement to better address psychotropic medicines and their improper prescribing in the treatment of older persons and those with disabilities.

National Cabinet flags no quarantine for close contacts, waits on fourth dose recommendation for over 65s

National Cabinet is moving to scrap quarantine requirements for all COVID-19 close contacts as soon as possible, with urgent health advice being sought. It comes as the Federal Government announced $1.2 billion to help protect residential aged care and disability care sectors.

Health minister flags that second COVID-19 booster being considered

Australians could find out in a matter of weeks whether they need to receive a second COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of a predicted winter surge in infections.

‘I just can’t believe this is Australia’ – distressed SA family seeks quality and safety commission reform

South Australian Grace Stokes remains shocked and distressed that long-term standards non-compliance at her grandmothers's aged care facility was allowed to continue without strong intervention. She's hellbent on ensuring no facility is at risk of such complete failure again. BIANCA ROBERTS investigates

Unions, workers and advocates united in dissatisfaction a year on from royal commission

Representatives from the UWU and the ANMF, alongside a range of aged care workers and advocates, gathered online today to commemorate the one year anniversary of the royal commission final report - and they found little cause for celebration.

‘It’s disgusting Mr Morrison hasn’t done his job to fix aged care’ – ANMF

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Royal Commission's Final Report into the troubled aged care system, members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are speaking out - expressing their heartbreak and disgust that Prime Minister Scott Morrison 'hasn't done his job' to stop the suffering of elderly Australians living in aged care.

Govt says reform being delivered a year after royal commission

A year on from the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Morrison Government says it has achieved 'significant reform' across the five pillars of its five year plan to deliver respect, care and dignity for every senior Australian.

Still so much work ahead on aged care reform, industry warns

A once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform aged care is slipping through Australia's grasp, peak industry bodies warn.

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