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Looking overseas to fill the gaps

The aged care industry is benefiting from foreign nurses able to work in Australia on long stay visas but retention can be an issue, writes Natasha Egan. Three Filipino nurses are ready to begin work with an aged care provider ...

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Escaping loneliness

A new program is arming community workers with the skills to counter social isolation among the elderly living at home. Matthew Bahi reports. A major aged care operator is reporting encouraging results from its innovative staff training program that helps ...

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Not an optional extra

What care workers say and do can rob residents of their dignity. It was during her mother’s illness that Amanda Waring saw firsthand how a serious condition can rob a person of their dignity. But, she says, she also learned ...

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Keep the divide between managing and governing

Aged care is complicated enough without adding too many corporate oversight duties to board members. Megan Stoyles reports. Most people on boards of management at not-for-profit aged care centres need not get bogged down in complex corporate director duties, says ...

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National work safety laws start

Employees and bosses have to familiarise themselves with the new system that replaces the old state OHS rules. By Patricia Ryan. Occupational Health and Safety laws have undergone the biggest overhaul in a generation with the introduction of nationally harmonised ...

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Staff need to mourn, study finds

Letting workers share their grief with family and friends when a residents dies can help ease anxiety. Megan Stoyles reports. It is normal for aged care staff to form bonds with their residents but what happens when they die? Is ...

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Nurses eager for higher role

Aged care providers hope that the boost in government funding will be an opportunity for nurse practitioners to showcase their value. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Nieves Murray is pretty excited about her next staff appointment. Her organisation, IRT, was one ...

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