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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 12, 2020

Quality commission audits nursing homes that failed infection-control standards

  The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has commenced nation-wide auditing of aged care facilities that failed to meet infection control quality standards. Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Janet Anderson PSM, told HelloCare, “The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is taking a proportionate risk-based approach in responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.  “This means focusing our additional effort where it is needed most to ensure that aged care consumers are safe, by concentrating on services where...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, and has worked across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for a number of years, and spent several years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline loves playing Scrabble, walking in nature, and going to the movies with her funny children.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 12, 2020

Government’s virus response includes $750 payment for pensioners

As Australia’s recorded cases of coronavirus reach 140, including three deaths, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a $17.6 billion stimulus package, including one-off $750 payments to certain households, including pensioners. The prime minister said the coronavirus will have serious impacts on Australia’s economy. “It is a health crisis with very significant economic impacts,” he told a press conference in Canberra this morning. The multi-billion-dollar package is the equivalent of 1.2 per cent of GDP. “This is...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 9, 2020

What happens if aged care staff refuse to work in nursing homes with cases of coronavirus?

Over the weekend, Sydney recorded its third fatality from the coronavirus, after an 82-year-old former resident of an aged care facility passed away. One resident of the same facility, Baptist Care’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge, died last week from the virus and another two residents remain in hospital but are said to be in a stable condition. A number of staff at the facility have also tested positive for the coronavirus. “We can not force team members to work” A statement...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Mar 5, 2020

Aged care staff call in sick as resident dies from coronavirus

  It has been confirmed that a 95-year-old woman who died recently had coronavirus. The woman was a resident at the aged care facility where a staff member also tested positive for the virus. An 82-year old resident of the same facility, Baptist Care’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge, has been transferred to Ryde Hospital with coronavirus, and a 70-year-old who tested positive for the disease is being cared for on-site. The facility has kept a team of staff who were in contact with...
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