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Medical profession’s virus warning as vaccine, mask rules ease

Doctors are again urging Australians with COVID-19 symptoms to stay indoors and get tested as vaccine and mask requirements ease across the country.

Nation’s virus toll a deadly reminder that COVID still very much a part of our lives

While many across the nation, it seems, are trying to make-believe that the pandemic is over, statistics paint an altogether different picture.

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.

Govt push for more visitors to be allowed for aged care residents

Aged care residents will have greater access to visitors and reduced lockdowns under new guidelines as pandemic restrictions loosen.

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 nurses and carers forced to pay for RATs

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation says it is extremely concerned that many nurses and carers are still being forced to pay for their own rapid antigen tests to go to work during the COVID-19 pandemic devastating Australia's nursing homes.

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

We need to expand on nation’s ‘vaccine centric mindset’ in preparation for next variant – expert

After recovering from the “desperate Omicron outbreak,” Australia should move to a ‘Covid-normal’ existence, but be “air-raid ready” for the next variant, according to Burnet Institute director, Professor Brendan Crabb.

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.

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