Changes for NT seniors, pensioners & carers

The Territory Labor Government is reforming the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme, to make it fairer, more accessible, and sustainable.

Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce starts work

The Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce has started its work, with new approaches planned to discuss and consult on workforce issues.

Greater health benefit from exercise than previously reported

Lack of exercise or physical activity is estimated to cause as many deaths each year as smoking, according to a new study led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Strategy to guide North West age-friendly communities

A new strategy released today aims to create age-friendly communities across the WA Pilbara and the Kimberley, while encouraging more seniors support services and greater local employment in aged care.

Alice Springs Masters Games 2018

Registrations are now open for next year’s Alice Springs Masters Games with three new sports set to spearhead a packed program of sport and entertainment.

Australia’s annual report on sexually transmitted infections

Gonorrhoea and syphilis diagnoses are increasing in Australia, HIV is stable, and more than 30,000 Australians have been cured of hepatitis C.

Ten seniors nutrition myths

In-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care has launched its newest resource, Nutrition for Seniors - a guide to healthy habits for eating well in old age.

EIU report highlights knowledge gaps in matters of health and wealth

The report showed that relatively few people were aware of years they should expect to be retired or the leading causes of death in their country.

Engaging older adults through touch tablets

A new check-in system for elderly people, designed with their emotional needs in mind, has proved successful in early trials.

Looking after a dying loved one at home - what you need to know

When someone dies at home, everyone in the family is affected. Looking after a relative who is at the end of their life can be enormously rewarding, but carers have many unmet information and support needs. This can take a toll on their physical and emotional health.

SA whooping cough cases at a five year high

Parents of babies and young children are reminded to vaccinate themselves for whooping cough (pertussis), with the number of cases at an alarming five year high to date.

Close friends linked to a sharper memory

Maintaining positive, warm and trusting friendships might be the key to a slower decline in memory and cognitive functioning, according to a new Northwestern University Medicine study.

In pursuit of healthy ageing

A Harvard study shows how intermittent fasting and manipulating mitochondrial networks may increase lifespan.

Having diabetes doubles your chance of death

Australians with diabetes experience much higher death rates than those without, with some particularly concerning trends seen among those with type 2 diabetes.

New gym and physio services for Norlane seniors

Geelong's senior citizens will soon have better access to dedicated aged care and exercise facilities with construction beginning 2 November on a new residential community hub.

WA to join National Domestic Violence Order Scheme

Legislation enabling Western Australia to participate in the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme has successfully passed through both houses of State Parliament.

Enhancements to My Aged Care

The Australian Government is investing $20 million to improve My Aged Care. The enhancements to be applied have been identified through detailed co-design.

75th anniversary of Kokoda and the Beachheads

Eleven veterans of the Kokoda campaign will be guests of honour at a reception in Canberra followed by a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today.

QLD election - LNP to trial curfew to bust Townsville youth crime epidemic

A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Party Government will trial a six-month curfew for Townsville youth and work with the Commonwealth Government to freeze welfare payments to parents with kids behind bars.

New Medicare listings

Australian patients and their families are able to access new Medicare supported treatments for breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, stroke, lymphoma and liver tumours.

Downsizing - why selling up may be a very bad move

The Federal Government has introduced new legislation that, from 1 July 1 2018, will enable eligible Australians to sell their home and put up to $300,000 of the proceeds into superannuation. Existing contribution limits will not apply.