New Video Guide Urges: “Stay Off Your Phone!” for Disability Support Workers”

In a bid to foster greater understanding and empathy among disability support workers, Advocacy WA, in collaboration with VALiD in Victoria, has launched a groundbreaking video titled “Stay Off your Phone!” The 15-minute video sheds light on the expectations of people with disabilities regarding the conduct of their support workers, particularly when navigating community settings.…

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New Funding for Disability Employment Initiatives Announced

In a significant step towards advancing disability employment opportunities, the Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, has announced a substantial funding injection of $26 million. This allocation will support various initiatives to enhance employment prospects for individuals with high support needs within the disability community.  The funding encompasses several key programs, including the first round…

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Aged care wage win sparks training empowerment

Following the groundbreaking decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to grant aged care workers a substantial wage increase of up to 28.5 per cent, Brighten Institute Australia (BIA) reiterates its commitment to empowering the aged care workforce through comprehensive training and certification programs.  The long-awaited victory for aged care workers follows years of advocacy…

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A national nursing workforce strategy for Australia

There are around 420,000 nurses registered in Australia – this is more than 40% of the total health workforce. However, there has never been a national strategic approach to nursing policy and investment. Nurses are a highly qualified and skilled workforce. This strategy will set out a vision for the future of nursing in Australia…

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Emerging health and medical research leaders are solving health programs and improving health care

Reducing unneeded antibiotics for children with lower respiratory tract infection The most common reason for children under 5 to visit hospital emergency departments is a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) like pneumonia or bronchiolitis. Dr Parveen Fathima’s team is developing a decision support tool to help doctors treat these infections. Respiratory infections are usually caused…

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Free resources for carers and their families

If you are a family member or carer for an older person, you may be interested in new free online modules about aged care. The Equip Aged Care Learning Packages, developed by the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Centre, provides practical and relevant information to carers or family members of older people. The learning packages…

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