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Emotional needs of aged residents unmet: new study

Aged care workers say they don’t have enough time to meet older people’s emotional and social needs because they are so rushed and under pressure to provide basic physical care. Workplace cultures in which staff are rushed and have little ...

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National action plan for osteoporosis announced

Carole David was gardening in her backyard in 2015 when she brushed off a water dragon that had jumped on her shoulder. The motion of turning caused her significant back pain. “I didn’t think anything of it, but it was ...

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Japara under fire again for resident abuse

A former Japara employee verbally and physically abused residents leaving them crying and “visibly upset” but was still allowed to keep their job for a number of years, the royal commission heard at its Melbourne hearing. The personal care worker ...

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Human Rights Watch pushes for ban on chemical restraints

Susan Ryan was watching her father with dementia shuffling around his aged care home, constantly crying and unable to swallow. Ryan’s father, Ray, had been placed on anti-psychotics as a chemical restraint to control his behaviour caused by the degenerative brain ...

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