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Abuse of older people: a national plan

23 April 2019

ON 19 March 2019, the Federal Government announced the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians. The plan aims to combat abuse and assist older people who experience emotional, physical, or financial vulnerabilities.

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Bathurst: a tale of two bullets

19 March 2019

BATHURST CPSA and the Bathurst community scored a big win on 21 October 2012 when the first Bathurst Bullet left Bathurst Station for Sydney Central Railway, but the story does not end there. Bathurst has continued to lobby and now a second Bathurst Bullet has been announced. This is great news and again a great win!

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Generic medications shortage

19 March 2019

HAVE you been to the chemist lately and been told that your usual generic, cheaper prescriptions are not available and that you will need to shell out for brand prescriptions?

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Palliative care boost for NSW

19 March 2019

THE National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 has been launched for implementation over a five-year period. All Australian Health Ministers have signed the Strategy, but how worthwhile is it.

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Hospital waiting lists not getting better

19 March 2019

ACCORDING to an annual report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2017–18 about 874,000 patients joined the public hospital elective surgery waiting lists. This was just under one per cent higher than the previous year, which doesn't sound like much but which masks some pretty horrible facts.

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Aged care planning gone mad

19 March 2019

There are just over 207,000 nursing home places in Australia, but only 187,000 of those places are filled, 20,000 are vacant. The nursing home occupancy rate is in free-fall. It’s just over 90 per cent when it used to be 98 per cent. Meanwhile there are 96,000 people who have been approved for a nursing home place, but they’re not taking up their approval.

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