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Butler on lookout for ways to urgently increase aged care winter booster rate

Health Minister Mark Butler has sought urgent advice on ways to boost the uptake of fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in aged-care facilities amid a rising number of deaths in the sector.

TGA announces influenza vaccine batch release for 2022 season

The health department has advised that the Therapeutic Goods Administration has released more than 95 batches of influenza vaccine, consisting of over 16.8 million doses, for supply in Australia for the 2022 influenza season.

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.

Top global researchers converge for dementia science and research forum

The Australian Dementia Network and the health department are proudly presenting the Australian Dementia Research Forum 2022. The theme for this year, 'Early Diagnosis – Effective Treatment', will include presentations and keynote addresses from leading national and international researchers from the UK, the US and Sweden.

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.

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.

Govt queried as thousands yet to receive aged care bonus

Less than half of aged care workers eligible for Federal Government bonuses have received their first payment under the scheme.

Reynolds confirms aged care pay rise not part of Federal Budget

Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds says the Morrison Government will review any decisions by the independent regulator before committing to a pay rise for aged care workers.

Fourth dose roll-out begins as Operation COVID Shield swings into action

Australians aged over 60, Indigenous Australians aged over 50, those in aged and disability care residences, and people who are immunocompromised will be among the groups able to receive their fourth dose as part of the federal health department’s Operation COVID Shield.

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