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The many benefits of hosting companion animals in aged care: new research

Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.

Return of older workers to aged care sector a huge shot in the arm

Older Australians are re-joining the aged care workforce in their droves over recent years. myHomecare Group HR manager Lissa Wyborn tells BIANCA ROBERTS that not only are they a huge asset to their workplace, they are particularly valued by older persons looking for support from someone with a lived experience of ageing.

Green light for universal COVID-19 vaccine project that could end pandemic

A universal vaccine that could bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is now in development at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

WHO hopes for end to pandemic in 2023, but ‘virus is here to stay’

The World Health Organisation is optimistic that the global health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic can be lifted in 2023.

Paxlovid is Australia’s first-line COVID antiviral but Lagevrio also prevents severe disease in over-70s

Australia is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID for 2022, with the number of people hospitalised with COVID trending to levels seen in winter and ongoing high levels of deaths. New COVID waves are expected to occur every three to four months for some time.

Experts rule out fifth COVID vaccine dose rollout, despite virus numbers rise

Tasmania's largest not-for-profit aged care provider is making major changes to services in response to a royal commission which heard harrowing tales of neglect at two of its homes.

Telehealth is important in aged care, but staff must be properly trained to optimise its effectiveness

One of the big evolutions in aged care during the pandemic has been the unavoidably altered delivery of medical care - particularly with regards to telehealth video calls to GPs. Dr Annie Banbury, head of clinical research at telehealth platform Coviu, believes more training is needed to support aged care staff in transitioning to a 21st century model of care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

COVID response flawed and failed nation’s most vulnerable: new report

Australia's COVID-19 response failed the nation's most vulnerable people and in many cases amounted to overreach, according to a new report.

Govt should be taken to task over steep rise in 2022 COVID aged care deaths: MP

The Federal Government should be scrutinised more over the rising number of COVID-19 deaths in aged care, an independent MP says.

Urgent action needed as Vic carers predicted to reach one million by 2025

More state-wide services and greater mental health supports to help Victoria’s more than 700,000 carers are two of the key asks in the Carers Victoria Election Statement released today in the lead-up to November's poll.

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