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Rise in out-of-pocket costs

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released its annual report – Health Expenditure Australia 2017–18 – and it shows that out-of-pocket costs for individual Australians has risen 32.6 per cent. The report also reveals a slight increase in overall health expenditure. ...

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How do we control infections in aged care?

Each year we are hearing more stories of large influenza outbreaks at aged care homes, often killing multiple people. This year is set to be a record-breaking one for influenza: the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System has reported that at ...

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Stop underpaying aged care workers: nurse

The aged care industry is big business. It accounts for approximately one per cent of Australia’s GDP, with revenues of over $20 billion and approximately 5 per cent annual growth. For the near quarter of a million aged care workers, this ...

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Under-fire Bupa meets with aged care advocate

After another horror week of revelations, aged care behemoth Bupa has taken a step towards repairing its reputation by meeting with prominent aged care advocate Stewart Johnston. Last week the ABC reported that more than half the nursing homes run ...

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