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Little regard paid by NSW Govt to sacrifices by health care workers ‘astounding’ – inquiry told

The NSW Government "grossly undervalued" the work of nurses and midwives who supported the state's COVID-19 response, causing many to question their careers, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

While bonus payments at least acknowledge sector professionalism, overdue reform must be the goal

While the Federal Government’s announcement of up to $800 in bonus payments to aged care staff has been dismissed by some as a pre-election stunt, for many toiling in an under-pressure sector, it is at least a tacit acknowledgement of their incredible professionalism in caring for our most vulnerable during this prolonged pandemic.

Aged care homes ‘under extreme pressure’ with major shortfalls in RAT and PPE supplies

With aged care homes facing "extreme pressure" from the Omicron wave, one has resorted to testing only some of its staff due to large shortfalls in government-supplied rapid antigen tests.

Covid crisis has only compounded unresolved systemic funding and workforce issues, laments LASA CEO

Sean Rooney, CEO of Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA), tells Aged Care News that the pressure from Omicron is only compounding existing issues within the aged care sector. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

HSU calls on Morrison Government to pay everyday Australians to help solve aged care crisis

The Health Services Union is calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to fund a ‘home guard’ style system, which would allow everyday Australians to provide support to the overwhelmed aged care sector.

NSW reminder on visitor restrictions to RACFs

A reminder to residential aged care facilities in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) - they must abide by the following:

At last, health, aged care and quarantine workers get the right masks to protect against airborne coronavirus

Almost a year ago, in July 2020, our calls for the government to urgently upgrade the guidelines to protect health workers from airborne SARS-CoV-2 fell on deaf ears.

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