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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.

New Federal Govt campaign set to target lagging COVID booster uptake

Australians will be encouraged to get their COVID-19 boosters in a fresh advertising blitz amid lagging vaccine uptake and an expected increase in cases. 

‘Fixing the aged care crisis’ won’t be easy – just 5% of homes above mandatory staffing targets

In his election victory speech, PM Anthony Albanese pledged to “fix the crisis in aged care”. One of the biggest challenges facing the Government is addressing widespread staffing shortages. Only a fraction of aged care homes currently have staffing levels above new minimum ratios that will be mandatory from October next year.

Nation’s elders only at halfway mark for fourth COVID shot

A little more than half of senior Australians eligible for their fourth COVID-19 vaccination have received it.

Sector optimism greets new aged care minister, who’s keen to get on with pay rises

Anika Wells, member for the Queensland electorate of Lilley, has emerged as the new Federal Minister for Aged Care. A rising star of the Australian Labor Party, the 36-year-old former lawyer has received the portfolio after three years in parliament. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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.

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