About David


David served in the Australian Defence Force for over 22 years. An Army pilot, he flew helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and was the Senior Flying Instructor at the School of Army Aviation in Queensland.

Graduating as an experimental test pilot from the Empire Test Pilots’ School (UK), he finished his full time career in Defence as the Commanding Officer of the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit.

Elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Wakefield (SA) in 2004, he served in the Parliament until 2007. David continued to fly as a test pilot and ran a small business working in the Defence and Aviation sectors prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010 and again in 2016.

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Free influenza vaccines are now available to those most at risk of getting sick during this year’s flu season under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program. Flu shots are available now at general practices, other vaccination providers, and at many pharmacies.

More information including eligibility requirements for a free influenza vaccine is available here: beta.health.gov.au/news-and-events/news/2018-influenza-vaccines-your-best-shot-at-stopping-the-flu
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Free influenza vaccines are now available to those most at risk of getting sick during this year’s flu season under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program. Flu shots are available now at general practices, other vaccination providers, and at many pharmacies.
More information including eligibility requirements for a free influenza vaccine is available here: https://beta.health.gov.au/news-and-events/news/2018-influenza-vaccines-your-best-shot-at-stopping-the-flu

 

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So why do we have to wait weeks maybe months until our doctor can obtain supplies of the vaccine.

An honour to meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense, General Mattis after meetings of the Intelligence & Security Committee at the Pentagon. ... See MoreSee Less

An honour to meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense, General Mattis after meetings of the Intelligence & Security Committee at the Pentagon.

The Coalition Government is introducing significant reforms to our aged care system to restore the confidence of senior Australians and their families. These reforms are in response to the recommendations of the independent Carnell-Paterson Review which the Turnbull Government ordered after revelations of serious issues within the Oakden facility here in South Australia.

You can find out more here: www.cota.org.au/news-items/media-release-older-australians-welcome-stronger-streamlined-aged-care...
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The Coalition Government is introducing significant reforms to our aged care system to restore the confidence of senior Australians and their families. These reforms are in response to the recommendations of the independent Carnell-Paterson Review which the Turnbull Government ordered after revelations of serious issues within the Oakden facility here in South Australia.You can find out more here: https://www.cota.org.au/news-items/media-release-older-australians-welcome-stronger-streamlined-aged-care-quality-safety-agency/

 

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Make it mandatory that the lowest level of employment is that of an Enrolled Nurse. No more of this low paid, underskilled, carers. Only properly trained staff should be delivering care to the elderly. No disrespect to carers, but this is a job for qualified, trained, skilled NURSES.

Improve training for Carers - YES. Mandatory Enrolled Nurse - NO

Sadly in all this no one has mentioned anything about what carers face every day looking after these folk. Some have impaired behaviours because of dementia and other illnesses. Being bitten, kicked, and assaulted can happen in a twinkling of an eye. It is so easy for families to yell abuse when a few bruises appear because resident has had to be restrained from hurting themselves or others. Certainly we need well trained and an adequate number of carers at any given time, but please the whole picture, not just headline grabbing one sided stuff. I sometimes wonder why, if these families complaining are so worried, they didn't take loved one home and look after them Possibly because the erratic behaviour was more than they could cope with. Sometimes illness and old age is cruel

I totally agree with Nellie. Now is time for change! RESPECT & CARE for all❤️

The main issue in many aged care facilities is lack of adequate numbers of staff, usually because of inadequate funding. Very hard to provide best care in those circumstances.

I think most people would agree that for the most part in home carers and carers in nursing homes do a great job, and I think we would agree that lack of government funding is the key. It would allow more staff to spend more time caring for clients instead if rushing everything, which puts clients at risk. Clients either in home or in nursing homes need for staff to be able to spend whatever time with them they need and staff need to be paid a lot better. It is far time elderly care, care for the ill and mental health issues became more important to rhe government than lining their own pockets. 😟

Why is more funding not put in to training people to do in home care..let people live in their own home until they die ......live in carers if need be ..on a roster ....? They need to be very patient and understanding people to work with aged ....( just as with children) ..... If people are working in aged care and being bitten and kicked ....maybe they are in the wrong job because people don't bite and kick for no reason! ......they are unhappy with your care! ....get out and let someone with more compassion for elderly have the job !.....

Yes, let's hope there's a significant improvement.

And in the end ...nobody acts ...

Lets hope so .

Excellent plan

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