Increased funding for WA Hardship Utilities Grants Scheme

The WA Government has allocated an additional $5 million to assist vulnerable Western Australians maintain access to energy and water services through the Hardship Utilities Grants Scheme (HUGS) program.

Gonorrhoea resistance threat looms

Australia’s rising number of gonorrhoea cases has been described as a potential ‘perfect storm’, with the emergence of extensively drug resistant strains overseas.

Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support holiday arrangements

There will be changes to payments and services over the Christmas and New Year holiday period for Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support customers.

More Australians intend to work longer

The age at which Australians intend to retire has again edged higher, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Support services for veterans open over Christmas

Crucial support services for the veteran community will continue to be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

ESSA supporting embedding exercise in aged care

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) was pleased to see recognition and access to Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) services, for people living in residential facilities.

Final report of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was delivered to the Governor-General of Australia and released today.

WA to join national NDIS program

The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments have announced that WA will join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Can sunshine help your brain?

A sunny day can make you feel happy, but it may also help retain some of your cognitive powers. New research suggests that vitamin D, often obtained through sun exposure, might be good for our brains, particularly those of women.

Checking your vehicle for a faulty airbag a ‘must-do’ this Christmas

Australians taking to the roads this holiday season should urgently check the ACCC’s Product Safety website to see whether their vehicles are fitted with a defective Takata airbag.

Airservices prepares for Santa’s night of nights

Airservices Australia, the nation’s air traffic control services provider, has begun preparations for Santa’s visit to Australia on Christmas Eve.

Vision Australia opens in the NT

Increased access to support is now available for older people in Darwin and surrounds as blindness and low vision service provider Vision Australia expands its operations into the Northern Territory.

Reforming aged care to reduce preventable deaths

Professor Ibrahim, Head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit at Monash University prepared his report on harm prevention based on inquiry related deaths of the aged in residential care.

Older people now less likely to fall into poverty

The risk of people past retirement age falling into poverty is now decreasing. There has been a substantial improvement compared to 15 years ago, when the incidence of poverty among the elderly was 32.4%.

Many cancer deaths are potentially preventable

An Australian-first study has found that 38 per cent of cancer deaths in Australia each year are potentially preventable.

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

Retirement village contracts are a minefield for older residents, with complex legal and financial restraints impacting on their lives and preventing some residents from moving out.

First for early Parkinson’s detection

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD research student has discovered a new technique that uses artificial intelligence to accurately detect early Parkinson’s Disease in patients.

Reach out to reduce loneliness this Christmas

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM today launched a national campaign to reduce loneliness this festive season, revealing he recently visited an aged care home where, year-round, none of the residents receive visitors.

Home care data underlines need for action

Data released by the Department of Health last week highlighted that the queue of older Australians seeking home care packages has grown by 14 per cent to over 101,500 in the last quarter.

Pensions at a Glance 2017: OECD and G20 Indicators

The OECD has released a new edition of Pensions at a Glance which reviews and analyses the pension measures enacted or legislated in OECD countries between September 2015 and September 2017.

Deflating the myth of a demographic time bomb

Healthy ageing and age-friendly workplaces can address workforce shortages in an Australia that is getting ever older, Cathy Gong and Hal Kendig write.