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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.

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.

Unvaxxed increase risk of COVID-19 for vaxxed people even when vax rates are high: research

Unvaccinated people threaten the safety of the vaccinated even when SARS-Cov-2 vaccination rates are high, according to a new modelling study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Health dept offers tips for aged care facility winter readiness

To help prepare for winter, the health department is providing practical advice on actions your facility can implement now to ready your service to lessen the risks and impacts of any outbreaks.

Flu jab mandate announced for all Vic health care staff as RACGP urges nation to be prepared

Public and private hospital staff, ambulance service workers and those in public residential aged care will need to receive their annual flu jab before August 15 each year under rules rolled out on Friday. The mandate comes as the RACGP urges the nation to prepare for a potential resurgence of flu and get vaccinated early.

Upcoming changes to My Aged Care provider reporting for all aged care providers

The federal health department is currently making improvements to the My Aged Care reporting template for residential and in-home and community aged care providers’ weekly reporting on resident and workforce COVID-19 vaccination status.

Experts concerned as many downplaying seriousness of influenza and not getting vaxxed

With reduced social distancing, borders re-opened and international travel once again on the agenda, experts are concerned that Australians are downplaying the prospect of a serious flu season in 2022.

Budget supports pharmacists in aged care, but ignores pay disparities for services

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia said it welcomes funding in the Federal Budget for embedding pharmacists into aged care, but is disappointed that unfair disparities in pharmacist remuneration for key services have been overlooked.

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.

Aged care groups welcome dual COVID and flu jab plan

Aged care peak bodies have welcomed the possibility of residents receiving a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as their flu jab.

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