National Aged Care Advocacy Framework released

The new national framework issued today will ensure that aged care recipients receive assistance from the Australian Government-funded advocates acting on their behalf.

Royal Commission into abuse of people with disability needed

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) commends the Senate for approving the motion to establish a Royal Commission into abuse of disabled persons.

Older women three times as likely to be treated for osteoporosis as men

Older women in the US are three times as likely to be treated for osteoporosis as men of the same age, reveals research published online in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.

HCF partners with HealthShare target out-of-pocket costs

A initiative launched by not-for-profit health fund HCF will give members information about the out-of-pocket expenses charged by individual specialists.

Aged Care Diversity Framework action plans launched

The action plans were launched at Parliament House on 14 February 2019 by The Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care providers funding

Applications for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program 2018–2019 bi-annual one-off grants opened 15 February 2019.

Treating insomnia improves back pain

A new analysis from the University of Sydney shows treatment for insomnia can help to reduce back pain, further enforcing the complex link between sleep and pain.

Supporting expression of sexuality one area of $1 million of dementia research grants

Supporting expression of sexuality by older people with dementia in long-term care is just one of 17 new projects that will share in more than $1 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.

Reducing falls in people with Parkinson's

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) have published encouraging results of their reactive balance training program.

Stolen Generations need a commitment on aged care

Eleven years on from the National Apology, members of the Stolen Generations are calling on governments to ensure aged care services are sensitive to their needs.

Better Ageing grant to get older Australians moving

Arthritis Australia will receive a Move it Aus Better Ageing grant of $1 million to run structured group exercise programs for older Australians to build the confidence they need to be more active.

Most older Australians unprepared for end-of-life decisions

New research from Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) reveals that 70% of older Australians are without an Advance Care Directive, leaving no instructions in the event that they’re unable to make their own medical decisions.

Keeping the vulnerable safe during heatwaves

Associate Professor Ollie Jay and an international team are recruiting people over 60 to take part in a study to measure human physiological responses to over 1900 simulated heatwave exposures.

Exercise the right medicine to heal the brain

A Melbourne research team will explore whether doctors should prescribe exercise to stroke patients to help with their brain function and physical recovery.

Dietary patterns and better brain health in late life

A positive link has been found between healthy dietary patterns and better brain health in older adults.

Age-friendly workshops roll out in Queensland

The first of 13 regional age-friendly workshops has been held by the Queensland Government on the Sunshine Coast on 8 February to help make communities more inclusive and accessible for all ages.

Bathurst seniors in ‘Active Living Longer’ program

Research as part of the Active Living Longer (ALLong) program held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst launched last June shows benefits for the participants.

Aged care Royal Commission hearings begin Monday

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold its first public hearing in Adelaide from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February and from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019.

What is good for your heart is good for your brain

Dementia Australia is this month reminding Australians ‘What is good for your heart is good for your brain’ as part of Heart Research Month 1- 28 February – a time to love your heart and learn how to take care of it.

Australia’s melanoma rates once again highest in the world

Australia has regained the unenviable title of having the world’s highest rates of invasive melanoma.

Finding super sparks $860 million worth of joy

New data released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) shows that Australians were busy finding and consolidating their superannuation accounts towards the end of 2018.