More action on heart disease and stroke

The National Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation have today commended the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, for his announcement of a new national action plan tackle two of Australia’s biggest killers – heart disease and stroke.

Exercise buddies against cancer study

The benefits of peer-supported exercise regimes for survivors of breast, colon and prostate cancer are being studied by University of Queensland researchers.

A healthy lifestyle cuts stroke risk, irrespective of genetic profile

People at high genetic risk of stroke can still reduce their chance of having a stroke by sticking to a healthy lifestyle, in particular stopping smoking and not being overweight.

It's hard to make money in aged care, and that's part of the problem

Aged care is where the challenges of population ageing are most apparent and where policy choices have direct impact on the lives of Australians.

Ask Gran, Not Google

A ground-breaking, Government-supported program encouraging thousands of students to “Ask Gran, Not Google” and forge links with senior Australians is being rolled out across Australia.

Australian Veterans’ Card and pin for discounts and support

The Australian government is to enact legislation to create an Australian Veterans’ Card and an Australian Veterans’ Lapel Pin to permit businesses to offer discounts to veterans.

Funding for older WA adult mental health services

The Western Austrlaia Government has announced $22.5 million of funding over five years to provide mental health care to older adults with acute mental health issues.

CHOICE sheds light on the life expectancy of electrical goods

CHOICE has issued guidelines on the 'reasonable' life expectancy for electrical goods, saying a high-end fridge, television or washing machine should last for more than a decade.

We need to talk about sexuality after stroke

Stroke survivors and their partners are not adequately supported to deal with changes to their relationships, self-identity, gender roles and intimacy following stroke, according to new research.

How our residential aged-care system doesn't care about older people's emotional needs

All humans have fundamental needs. These are physiological (food, drink, clothing, sleep), safety (emotional security, physical safety, health), love and belonging (friendships, community), esteem (respect, dignity) and self-actualisation (accomplishment, personal development).

What is 'quality' in aged care? Here's what studies (and our readers) say

A challenge facing the recently announced Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will be to define “quality”.

Tax imputation proposal leaves retirees out of pocket

Economic modelling from ANU has found the Australian Labor Party's proposal to end cash refunds for excess imputation credits will result in a significant hit to retirees.

Exercise proves powerful medicine for prostate cancer survivors

A group of determined men are working up a sweat to fight against prostate cancer, with help from the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Sport and Exercise students.

Australians’ diets across different stages of life

As we age, our food and nutrient requirements change. However, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one thing remains consistent across all ages: the quality of our diet is poor.

Long-term vigorous exercise may lower risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancers

Prostate cancer is among the most common forms of cancer affecting men today. In 2018, more than 1.2 million new cases will be diagnosed globally.

More effective treatment needed ahead of prescription monitoring

Pain groups across Australia say it is putting the cart before the horse to implement a national Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) system before there is a plan to provide additional pain management and treatment options.

Lyn Phillipson appointed World Health Organisation age-friendly mentor

Dr Lyn Phillipson from the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) School of Health and Society has been appointed as an Age-friendly Mentor by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Federation of Aging.

Industry Reference Committee to shape aged services workforce

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has confirmed the appointment of members to the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

New sight saving resources for residential aged care facilities

A report and new digital training tools have been launched today to improve understanding of eye health and vision loss in Australia’s residential aged care facilities.

Needless procedures: knee arthroscopy is one of the least effective surgeries

More than 70,000 knee arthroscopies were performed in 2011 in Australia and, though rates of the surgical procedure are now falling, it still remains one of the most common surgical procedures.

Exercise is best for managing osteoarthritis: new guidelines

Exercise is the new front runner for treating osteoarthritis ahead of surgery and medications state new Australian guidelines.