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Royal Commission’s report says aged care sector must be fixed

ONE of the biggest impacts of COVID-19 has been the havoc reaped on our aged population. So will our most vulnerable be better protected next time a pandemic or another disaster strikes? More than 665 aged-care residents have died from COVID-19 in Australia, with outbreaks in about 220 homes and facilities. Restriction of visits at aged-care homes has severed vital ... Read More »

Australia’s coronavirus aged care death rate among the highest in the world, Royal Commission told

A ROYAL commission has pinpointed failure by government to act quickly and with a lack of clear guidelines as reasons for a devastating outbreak of coronavirus in aged care during the COVID-19 pandemic. A second royal commission, into disability, has heard that failure to plan and act properly meant the months of COVID-19 restrictions had resulted in the neglect and ... Read More »

Restrictions must stay in place to ensure safety, a Queensland aged care leader says

A QUEENSLAND aged care advocate has warned that strong COVID-19 restrictions must stay in place for the elderly or “the consequences can be catastrophic” as they have been in the United States and Europe. It’s about balancing prevention, while ensuring the elderly are engaged and connected, according to Marcus Riley, chief executive officer of BallyCara that provides retirement living, residential ... Read More »

Love conquers death – Queensland bishops face euthanasia inquiry as combined Christian voice

THE deepest expressions of love were found in moments of intense suffering, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge told the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. “Loneliness, depression and acute physical pain are a powerful cocktail which seems to be fuelling the call for euthanasia,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Yet there is a power stronger ... Read More »

Church leaders urge more resourcing to aged care and palliative care at public hearings across state

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A DIRE lack of palliative care services is one of the key issues Queensland Parliament’s aged-care inquiry has heard at public hearings across the state. The inquiry is examining the adequacy of Queensland’s end-of-life care including palliative care, and is looking into support for laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will present a submission to the ... Read More »

Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

AGED care is reaching crisis point, with a Catholic healthcare chief warning lack of government planning means our most vulnerable could die before they receive the high-level care they required.  Catholic Health Australia chief executive Suzanne Greenwood told an aged-care and end-of-life inquiry in Brisbane the waiting list for vulnerable seniors to receive the Level 4 package, was two years ... Read More »

Ancient stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inform on aged care discussions

THE Queensland Government’s inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care issues and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) provides an opportunity to explore care provision preferences with stakeholder groups.  Two essential voices in this conversation belong to our Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.    These people – my people – have not only survived but also flourished in harsh ... Read More »

Call for better palliative care availability, many terminally ill patients die before receiving access

A GROUP of specialist Queensland doctors claim many terminally ill patients are dying before they receive access to palliative care. The claim was made in a submission to the Queensland Government inquiry into the adequacy of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and whether there was support for state laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. “Patients … at any time ... Read More »

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