Protecting the elderly
The COVID-19 death toll in aged-care homes is spiking. Protocols need to urgently be put in place to prevent infection, but there also needs to be detailed plans for when an outbreak occurs.
In lockdown, rethinking the lockup
The COVID-19 crisis has raised the question of whether low-risk offenders should be imprisoned.
Preventing nursing home suicides
Expanding suicide prevention frameworks to include aged care residents, aligning nursing home life with community living, and improving residents' access to mental heath services is a good start.
Tales of neglect
The aged care royal commission's interim report paints a picture of a system in deep crisis. Its recommendations for action have some merit, but won't address what are underlying systemic problems.
'It felt like a prison'
Around 6000 Australians aged under 65 live in nursing homes, cut off from their families and peers, with inadequate support for their disabilities.
Sore spot in aged care
Using pressure injury rates to target underperforming nursing homes is critical to improving Australia’s aged care system.
Restraint of the aged
Regulating physical restraint of the elderly in nursing homes is a step in the right direction, but more still needs to be done to educate the sector on alternatives.
Too late for the old
By the time the aged care royal commission's recommendations lead to improvements in our nursing homes, four cohorts of residents will have died. Here's why.
Where the heart is
When it comes to people’s homes, neither Di Winkler nor Dan McKenna are prepared to accept the status quo. They're challenging traditional housing models for a greater social good.
Hunting superbugs among the aged
Nursing homes are coming under the spotlight in the ongoing antimicrobial resistance war.
Shining a light on disability housing
Monash alumna Dr Di Winkler is determined to change the systems that move young people with serious disabilities into nursing homes.
Medicine and pharmacy bridge the divide
A thunderstorm asthma scenario was the starting point of an innovative collaborative care initiative.
Dignity of risk – when living better means living longer
Society’s perception of aged care must change from being a place of protection to a place where people actually live – and that means more autonomy for residents.
Too many Australians living in nursing homes take their own lives
Around 140 Australian nursing-home residents have taken their own lives between 2000 and 2013, our new study shows
Resident-on-resident aggression under the microscope
Rising dementia in the nursing home population means violent behaviours will increasingly be an issue.
Housing shortfall for young people living in nursing homes
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) alone cannot resolve the issue of young people living in nursing homes.
Professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Assistant Lecturer and Research Assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Forensic Medicine
Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery
Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Adjunct lecturer, Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Director of Pharmacy Education in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine
Lecturer, Law Resources, Faculty of Law