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Free rapid antigen tests for people with disability

Free rapid antigen tests for people with disability

People with disability and their carers are now eligible for free rapid antigen tests (RATs) as recently announced by the NSW Government. How to order your supply If you are a charity or non-government organisation, and registered with the Australia Charities and...

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ATAGI recommends fourth winter COVID-19 booster

ATAGI recommends fourth winter COVID-19 booster

ATAGI recommends an additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase vaccine protection before winter for selected population groups who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and who have received their primary vaccination and first booster dose....

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New COVID, inequality and poverty report

New COVID, inequality and poverty report

The Australia Council of Social Services has released a new report summarising the impact of the COVID-19 recession and recovery on income inequality and poverty in Australia. This report includes  ABS data tracking inequality during 2020 and 2021. The data tells the...

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New oral antiviral COVID-19 therapies will be here soon

New oral antiviral COVID-19 therapies will be here soon

Two COVID-19 oral therapies will be available on the North Coast soon. The Therapeutic Goods Administration provisionally approved the Lagevrio® (molnupiravir) and Paxlovid® (nirmatrelvir + ritonavir) antiviral medications. Follow the link for further details....

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Government announces $800 bonus for aged care staff

Government announces $800 bonus for aged care staff

The Federal Government has announced a $210 million support package that will provide $800 bonuses to aged care workers in response to ongoing staffing pressures in the sector. The bonus will be available to all aged care staff including cleaning and catering staff....

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Safest Omicron face masks revealed

Safest Omicron face masks revealed

Compulsory face masks are back. But some are better than others. The following link shares the key points about the benefits of each mask. Full article here. https://nationalseniors.com.au/news/latest-in-health/safest-omicron-face-masks-revealed?

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RATs to replace PCR in more settings

RATs to replace PCR in more settings

A statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) on rapid antigen testing (RAT) for current high community prevalence environment can be accessed in the link below....

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GP Practices prepare for Novavax delivery

GP Practices prepare for Novavax delivery

To date 25 general practices across the Healthy North Coast footprint have expressed interest in receiving allocations of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. The Therapeutic Goods Administration provisionally approved Novavax for use in Australia on January 20. To learn...

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Have you had your energy supply disconnected?

Have you had your energy supply disconnected?

Sometimes bills are forgotten, mail stays in the letterbox or you just can’t afford to pay your electricity or gas bill. You may face disconnection of your energy supply or worse have already been disconnected. Contact your provider straight away to find out how to...

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UNSW Social Policy Research Centre releases new podcasts

UNSW Social Policy Research Centre releases new podcasts

UNSW Social Policy Research Centre has recently released some great recordings, including Loneliness beyond repair? This discusses the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and the Zoom Revolution on social isolation and loneliness. In this seminar, Roger Patulny reviews and...

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