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Dear diary, today I faced COVID-19

“I guess there’s a lot of pressure, pressure on us, and its, its very tiring and challenging to get breaks in and so on,” she says into her phone to no one in particular.  “We’ve had, you know, young people that have had ...

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Keating pitches HECS-style aged care loans

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has told the aged care royal commission it should consider recommending a HECS-style loan for older Australians to pay for their care. At today's hearing, Keating said the approach was superior to a pre-funding model, ...

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QLD nurse contracts coronavirus as 220 colleagues go into quarantine, NSW works to contain hospital outbreaks

A 32-year-old nurse at Ipswich hospital in Queensland has tested positive for COVID-19 as 220 staff at the hospital have gone into precautionary quarantine.  The nurse is one of two new positive cases in the state announced on Sunday, and Ipswich hospital has moved all appointments elsewhere whilst only the emergency department remains open.  Both new cases are linked to the youth detention cluster ...

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PM details $1.7b deal for COVID-19 vaccines

Australians will get free access to a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 under a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement between government and pharmaceutical companies. Under the agreement, the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland-CSL will provide more than ...

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