Australia’s aged care providers will shortly be contacted by the Department of Health and Aged Care encouraging them to offer residents another Covid-19 booster vaccination. “Over the coming weeks, the Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells and I will be writing to aged care providers to advise them of the new arrangements for additional doses of Covid vaccine which, for the overwhelming bulk of aged care residents, will be their fifth dose,” said Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler at a press conference on Wednesday. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation advises that everyone in Australia aged 65 years and over should receive a 2023 booster shot. And if there are ways in which we can improve protections in aged care, we will do that.”Comment on the story below. Follow Australian Ageing Agenda on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, sign up to our twice-weekly newsletter and subscribe to AAA magazine for the complete aged care picture.
Our local Alexa team has worked closely with Vision Australia to develop an Alexa Skill and an onboarding program to help their clients understand and make the most of Alexa. Can you tell us more about how this might work for an aged care facility? This is the sort of value we’re seeing come to life in our work with Vision Australia and similar organisations across the world. IA: There is a lot of change in aged care at present, including a soon-to-be-released Star Rating for each aged care provider based on performance in areas such as Consumer Experience, Staff Minutes (Care), and Service Compliance. Kate: The Alexa Smart Speaker program with Vision Australia shows the power of AI not just for older Australians, but for all of us.5 months ago Inside Ageing
Parliament House’s main committee room was packed yesterday for a celebration of the official Women’s Budget Statement and a government comprised, for the first time, of a majority 52 per cent women. “That’s really our task, to make what we’re doing in the Women’s Budget Statement a no-brainer,” he says. The panellists emphasised that gender responsive budgeting needs to be front and centre in the national strategy in order to narrow the gender gap in Australia. They also stressed that cultural change follows policy change and that the two occur together in a cycle, making this Women’s Budget Statement an important first step to true gender equality. Labor women unite at official budget statement event celebrating a government comprised, for the first time, of 52 per cent women.5 months ago Women's Agenda
The Hancock Prospecting sponsorship saga at Netball Australia ended over the weekend, with the mining company announcing it would “regrettably” withdraw from its $15 million sponsorship deal. In 1984, Lang Hancock – Rinehart’s father and the founder of Hancock Prospecting – suggested Indigenous people should be sterilised and “breed themselves out”. Last week, captain Liz Watson had spoken publicly about wanting to make the partnership with Hancock Prospecting work, and is now disappointed the sponsorship is “off the table”. Under intense scrutiny, Wallam had reportedly ended up agreeing to wear the logo during the England series, but Hancock Prospecting chose to withdraw its sponsorship regardless. Hancock Prospecting will continue to support Netball Australia for four months as it looks to find its next major sponsor.5 months ago Women's Agenda
So we chatted to some Aussie startup founders to find out what was most important to them for the new budget. Budget support for women in the workforce and female foundersThere was a strong call for more support of women in the workforce, as well as female founders, in the budget. “But it must also be remembered that, contrary to Hollywood’s depiction of Silicon Valley, most successful Australian tech startups are founded by entrepreneurs in their mid-to-late 40s. A similar loan scheme to Startup Year could make a big difference in encouraging this demographic to take a tech startup career change risk. “Finally, we support growing calls for changes to the definition of a sophisticated investor to increase access to tech startup investing for all Australians.5 months ago Women's Agenda
Earlier this week, former prime minister Scott Morrison was cut down to size in front of the Robodebt royal commission. In a “major announcement” on Thursday, Trump launched his “official Donald Trump Digital Trading Card” collection – at only $99 each, they make excellent Christmas gifts! Chappelle made note of the controversy, and told Musk, “weren’t expecting this, were you?” From the video, it looks like both Chappelle and Musk are surprised by the reaction. https://t.co/FFpups1yEy pic.twitter.com/41jcZgdDR4 — Steven Goffman (@SteveGoffman) December 12, 2022Musk, meanwhile, has been offloading his Tesla stocks, selling $US3.6 billion this week (AU$5.2 billion). Last week, Musk lost his title of World’s Richest Person to Louis Vuitton boss Bernard Arnault, according to Forbes.3 months ago Women's Agenda
The death of Cardinal George Pell has seen some individuals and media outlets glorifying him, and others distancing themselves as much as possible. But despite what the Cardinal’s most hardline supporters may hope and pray for, he will not be offered a state funeral in either NSW or Victoria. Opposition leader Peter Dutton called Pell’s squashed child sexual abuse conviction as a form of “modern-day political persecution” and implored the “Victorian Labor Government and its institutions” to reflect on themselves, given Pell’s conviction was overturned by the High Court. He was anti-abortion — describing abortion as a “worse moral scandal” than sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy at a World Youth Day event in Canada in 2002. Shine Lawyers, which is representing the father, said the litigation will continue against the church and Pell’s estate.2 months ago Women's Agenda
The lending vehicle, called Pallas NZ Funding Trust No. Pallas Capital said since its launch a few days ago, PFT NZ had funded six loans with a total value of NZ$29m. 1) launched inNovember 2021, which was managed by Pallas Capital and majority funded by Credit Suisse. 1 was the fastest growing fund managed by Pallas Capital, having made a total of 72 loans with a total value of AU$320m. “We are confident of Pallas Capital’s future success and will continue to seek ways to do more with them going forward.”Although PFT will not undertake construction loans, Pallas Capital said these would continue to be offered through the existing Pallas Capital lending business that was settling about AU$50 million per month of new construction loans.3 months ago Australian Broker