Are friends better for us than family?

The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar.

How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across the world gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’ famous ballad, “Auld Lang Syne.”

Protecting Victoria’s Aboriginal heritage

To mark 2017 NAIDOC Week, the Victorian Government will provide $4.7 million for Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) to employ ten new compliance officers.

On-call medical support for QLD aged care facilities

A new medical outreach service will help elderly aged care residents in Chermside and surrounding Brisbane suburbs avoid unnecessary trips to the Emergency Department.

Keeping the elderly on their feet

Every day, 133 older Queenslanders have a fall requiring medical attention, even though many falls are preventable.

Fractures costing pain and billions each year

The brittle bones of Australians in NSW and ACT aged 50+ is expected to cost $1.1 billion in 2017.

Health impact of domestic violence lasts a lifetime

Women who experience intimate partner violence have significant, long-term physical and mental health problems according to researchers from the University of Newcastle.

Three states drive increase in vehicle thefts

Motor vehicle thefts increased by 9 per cent in 2016, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Victoria’s health promotion champion nominations

The search begins for Victoria’s best health and wellbeing promotion projects, with nominations for the 2017 VicHealth Awards now open.

Gippsland gets a giant men’s shed

The Victorian Government has helped the Gippsland community of Inverloch open its first men’s shed.

Dementia patients may die sooner with stressed carers

Patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new University of California Berkeley study.

Old medications pose a health hazard

With more than 5,000 children ending up in hospital due to medicine poisonings each year, Return Unwanted Medicines has launched a new awareness campaign.

New employment advocate for VIC veterans

A new Veterans Employment Advocate will help veterans find a new career in Victoria’s public sector after leaving the Australian Defence Force.

Surviving menopause with some (self) kindness

A cooling dash to the fridge is a common coping tactic for the 80 per cent or so of mid-life women who experience menopausal hot flushes.

New regional health training hubs created

Twenty six new Regional Training Hubs will create opportunities for young doctors to stay, study, work and live in rural and regional Australia, rather than returning to cities for all of their postgraduate training.

Stomach acid drugs linked to heightened risk of death

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—a widely available class of drug designed to curb excess stomach acid production—may be linked to a heightened risk of death.

Retirement village contracts - buyer beware

COTA NSW strongly advises prospective retirement village residents to not be pressured into a quick decision when it comes to choosing a retirement village.

Vaginal mesh class action begins in Sydney

Australian plaintiff law firm Shine Lawyers is bringing one of the country’s largest product liability Class Actions against Johnson & Johnson for its vaginal mesh implants.

Stop abusing your eyes: Put down that phone or tablet & get outside

Is our tech-laden modern world wearing out your eyes? QUT eye health researcher and optometrist Associate Professor Scott Read says it’s a case of not just stopping to smell those flowers, but having a good look at them too.

A working group of solicitors to tackle elder abuse

The Law Society of NSW has formed a multidisciplinary working group of solicitors to investigate strategies to combat elder abuse.

Medicare soft on five biggest cancer killers

A new report from the Commonwealth Government confirms that patients needing expert radiology services for the most common cancers have been ignored for nearly two decades.