Veteran pensions increase

Pension recipients including veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will receive increased payments from 20 March 2018.

Unannounced aged care quality and safety audits

From 20 March 2018, spot audits will come into force across all Australian residential aged care homes.

Australia fails its oral health check-up

To coincide with World Oral Health Day, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) at Victoria University is releasing a world first.

Importance of volunteering and data

A need to understand the benefits of and barriers to volunteering and giving and their economic impacts were among the key issues highlighted in the results from a national consultation.

Ninety per cent don’t know when they need sun protection

Australians could be unknowingly increasing their skin cancer risk, with new data released by Cancer Council showing that 40 per cent are still confused about which weather factors cause sunburn.

Revolutionary glaucoma surgery for rural patients in Broken Hill

Today four patients from rural New South Wales will be part of an Australian-first when they undergo an advanced form of glaucoma surgery at Broken Hill Base Hospital.

New program improving dementia care

A new training program pioneered in Tasmania is promising earlier dementia diagnosis and better support for patients, their families and carers.

Study suggests that cancer survivors are more easily fatigued

A new study has found hints of “accelerated ageing” in healthy older adults who have cancer histories.

A purpose in life by day results in better sleep at night

Having a good reason to get out of bed in the morning means you are more likely to sleep better at night with less sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

Nocturia – common cause of a poor night’s sleep

On World Sleep Day, scientists are highlighting the main reason that people are waking up at night – nocturia (the need to get up and urinate more than once during the night).

Training for recovery before major surgery

Imagine you are about to undergo a major abdominal operation. In the lead up to your surgery you meet a number of medical experts including anaesthetists, surgeons and specialist nurses.

Seniors at high risk around financial decisions

Financial elder abuse, life savings lost through shonky investments – older people are high risk because they have more money just before retirement, on average, than at any other stage in their lives.

Weight plays a role in menopause age

Being underweight or overweight could affect the age at which women experience menopause, a University of Queensland study has found.

Age of intending retirees increasing

New research from Roy Morgan shows that in December 2017, the average age of Australians intending to retire in the next 12 months is 61.9 years, up from 58.2 years over the last three years (2014).

Age Services Awards

The outstanding achievements of the age services industry in Queensland were recognised at Leading Age Services Australia’s Excellence in Age Services Awards, on the Gold Coast last night.

Your Brain Matters

There are many messages about the benefits of looking after our bodies, but what about our brains?

Earlier palliative care at home linked to fewer hospital admissions

Offering palliative care earlier to dying patients at home is linked to fewer hospital admissions at the end of their lives.

Dementia films and mobile app for CLAD groups being developed

A Moving Pictures project seeks to raise awareness and prompt early diagnosis among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups.

Concerns about housing affordability and retirement

New research on attitudes to property investment and saving for retirement has revealed widespread concern over affordable housing and support for changes to negative gearing.

Reducing refundable accommodation deposit paperwork

The Australian Government is streamlining aged care accommodation approvals.

Rise in the rate of older Australian homelessness

The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.