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The government has become an easy scapegoat as the pandemic has worsened. While blame can alleviate stress, grief and guilt, it can also be counterproductive if people trust less in their leaders.
The federal government has clashed with the Royal Commission into Aged Care, strongly rejecting the claim that it had no specific COVID-19 plan.
Peter Rozen QC declared before the Royal Commission into Aged Care that Australia's aged care sector was "underprepared" to deal with COVID-19.
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on aged care – what needs to be done differently.
Michelle Grattan discussed aged-care reform, and the effect of the coronavirus on aged-care residents, with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
As the crisis in Victorian aged-care homes goes on, the issue of whether to move all COVID-positive residents into hospital continues to generate debate. There are pros and cons for both sides.
The question of whether the public should know the details of victorian aged-care facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks was today raised before a senate committee
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon.
The evidence is in and the answer is clear. We must try and eliminate COVID-19 for the health and economic benefit of Australians of all ages.
Patricia Sparrow on the need for aged care reform.
Michelle Grattan discusses aged care with ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow.
Medical assistance teams are a group of experienced health workers sent to handle a medical or humanitarian crisis, including from today, the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria's aged care.
We've seen a big jump in COVID-19 cases in Victoria today to 723. How can we explain it?
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has voiced frustration at workers who don't stay home despite having COVID-19 symptoms. But the problem is linked to growing workforce casualisation and use of labour hire.
COVID-19 ruthlessly picks on the most vulnerable in society. We've seen this in Australia and around the world.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care declared older people and their families were left “isolated and powerless". COVID-19 has provided a tragic real-time vindication of the commission's observation.
Aged care homes need to have protocols in place to prevent COVID-19 infection in the first instance. But in the event an outbreak does occur, they need to be well prepared.
Our new research shows Australians recognise the fundamental importance of additional investment in the aged care sector to boost the quality of care.
In a study of people receiving community care, home modifications liberated them to live at home safely and independently. Hours of care were cut by 42% and quality of life improved by 40%.
Rest homes have been hit hard by COVID-19 deaths and inquiries are looking at possible changes to care. The elephant in the room is that quality care depends on more staff.
The draft visitor access code for aged care balances residents' rights to see their family with the need to keep coronavirus under control. But the changes will require more staff time to implement.
For many people living in residential aged care, their priority is quality of life, not length of life. So how do we reconcile this with the need to restrict visitors during the coronavirus pandemic?