World news – 100 changes in bomb elderly care report


The report of the Royal Commission of Aged Care due to be presented to the Governor General today contains more than 100 recommendations.

However, it is unlikely to be released by the middle of next week when the government issues an interim response and a full response will have to wait until the May budget, Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt said yesterday.

« We will give a full answer later in the budget as it is indeed an important initiative that the Prime Minister and Treasurer previously announced, » said Hunt.

The Australian Nursing and Obstetrics Association has warned that the government-mandated nurse-to-resident ratio is vital to any system reform that makes a difference.

« All other interventions would not be sustainable without them, they are the linchpin for all other recommendations, » said ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler.

Nurses working in elderly care announced this week that they often have to care for over 100 patients – a situation that is dangerous and unsustainable.

An investigation by News Corp Australia last year found that more than 100 vulnerable elderly Australians are raped, assaulted and even murdered in nursing homes each week.

However, the real number is likely to be 10 times higher as most go unreported and until recently retirement homes did not have to report them if done by someone with dementia.

Nurses who work in elderly care said News Corp Australia residents had maggots in their wounds, their incontinence pads were rationed to three a day, and some residents did not shower regularly.

The Royal Commission heard that 30,000 people were either waiting for a package or ended up unnecessarily in a retirement home because they couldn’t get government support to stay in their home.

News Corp Australia reported earlier this year that the Aged Care Quality Standards Commission imposed sanctions or compliance orders on 26 elderly care homes after audits identified serious risks to residents.


Maxwell and Robyn Beever’s children have declared their « unwavering support » for their father when he is charged with murder over their mother’s death.


Police are chasing down a male driver whose car left the street and crashed into a garden bed and just missed a house.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly been sent a letter of alleged rape by a cabinet minister.


Shannon Norgate was released from prison after being convicted of failing to report his 17-year-old girlfriend.

Rugby League

More than 1200 players and coaches will attend a conference hosted by Panthers Juniors to eradicate violence that has forced children out of the game.


Queensland now has 11 active cases of COVID-19 after four new cases were discovered overnight in hotel quarantine, with all cases acquired overseas.


Access to the derailment site is still limited as authorities grapple with flooded roads and vulnerable infrastructure


Wild weather and flash floods lead to action as residents are urged to clear floods …


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With massive efforts, the crews around Corindi and Sherwood Creek save fifteen people.

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