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'Terrible state of affairs': Border restrictions cause nursing shortage for remote communities

At least 18 remote communities across the Northern Territory are experiencing a shortage of nursing services due to COVID-19 international and interstate border restrictions. The "movement" of nurses into remote areas has "been limited over time", according to John Wakerman from the Menzies School of Health Research. "We're actually decreasing access to primary care in those areas because of these pressures." He said this added to the already "under-resourced system" and there should be more

Christmas Island conditions a 'ticking time bomb', refugee advocates say, but no COVID cases to date

Immigration detention centres on Christmas Island pose a similar COVID outbreak risk as aged care facilities and should be closed, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says. In a new report released on Wednesday, AHRC commissioner Edward Santow said it would be much safer not to use Christmas Island as an immigration detention facility. "People in immigration detention are disproportionately likely to have pre-existing health conditions and that makes those people particularly vulnera