VIVA! Communications was saddened today to learn of the passing of Aussie PR veteran, Peter Lazar AM LFPRIA.  The Life Fellow and Past President of the PR Institute, creator of the PRIA Golden Target Awards and Registered Consultancy Group PRIA, and co-author of the ‘Australian and New Zealand Public Relations Manual’ had an extraordinary professional…

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The 2021 – 2022 Federal Budget announcement includes some key changes for the healthcare industry. Notably, this budget delivers the largest investment in aged care and the largest investment in response to a Royal Commission in Australia’s history. The funding will work to afford older Australians greater respect, care and dignity through a five-pillar plan…

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Empathy is key to effective healthcare communication. The ability to put oneself in another’s shoes, trying to understand what they may be feeling, and acknowledging the significant impact an illness or life event can have on a person’s wellbeing is crucial to building trust and connecting in a meaningful way. Every day, the VIVA! team…

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The Federal Government announced yesterday they will be extending the Medicare-subsidised rebates for COVID-19 telehealth consultations for a further six months, offering ongoing assistance to patients and medical practices during the global health pandemic. The scheme, first implemented at the end of March when the pandemic sent Australia into lockdown, was due to lapse at…

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