How do we save ageing Australians from the heat?

Heatwaves have killed more Australians than road accidents, fires, floods and all other natural disasters combined.

Delaying antibiotics for over 65s with urinary infection linked to sepsis risk

Delaying or witholding antibiotics for over 65s with symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) appears to be associated with higher risk of bloodstream infection (sepsis) and death.

How hearing impairment is associated with cognitive decline

Hearing impairment is a common consequence of advancing age. Almost three-quarters of U.S. adults age 70 and older suffer from some degree of hearing loss.

Benefits and harms of exercise for preventing falls in older people

Older adults suffer the greatest number of fatal falls and over 37 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention each year.

High success rate for hip and knee replacements

After reviewing case studies going back 25 years across six countries, generalisable survival data is now available for the first time to estimate how long hip and knee replacements are likely to last.

Not all sleep is equal when it comes to cleaning the brain

New research shows how the depth of sleep can impact our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins.

Mixed news on cost of living for Australia’s retirees

There was a small average increase in the cost of living in the December 2018 quarter for retirees, despite significant cost rises in some essential goods and services including medical, postage and meat prices.

Navigating a new era in aged care access

A new network of aged care navigator centres, information hubs and specialist advisers aims to streamline aged care access, with a $7.4 million national trial now being rolled out by the Federal Government.

Aged care access for multicultural communities

The Federal Government has released the first Aged Care Diversity Action Plan, to support older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians to overcome barriers in accessing aged care services.

Revitalising the SA Repat Health Precinct

The future of the Repat Health Precinct has been secured with $70m joint funding agreement between the Federal and South Australian Governments.

Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Last month the aged care minister Ken Wyatt announced he would introduce regulations to address the use of “chemical restraint” in residential aged care – a practice where residents are given psychotropic drugs which affect their mental state in order to “control” their behaviour.

Age friendly neighbourhoods - impact on individual wellbeing

European cities are prioritising the need for urban design that promotes independence, provides a sense of safety and enables people of all ages to participate more actively in society.

Hip fractures may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s Disease for older people

In a study of older people with no clinical diagnosis or signs of dementia when hospitalised to repair hip fractures found biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in most of the patients’ spinal fluid samples.

Supporting driver retirement for people with dementia

Researchers are calling for Australia’s system of managing driver retirement for people with dementia to be overhauled.

Joint replacement to cost $5 billion by 2030

Knee and hip replacements for osteoarthritis are expected to rise by up to 276 per cent by 2030, costing Australia’s health care system over $5 billion, according to new research at Monash University.

Risks of shoulder replacement surgery higher than previously thought

The risks associated with shoulder replacement surgery for arthritic conditions are higher than previously estimated, particularly for people under 60 and over 85 years old.

People living with dementia lose their ability to daydream

Research by neuroscientists at the University of Sydney has shown that people living with frontotemporal dementia – a form of younger-onset dementia – lose the ability to daydream.

The new exercise trend that is made for everyone

From washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity for short sharp bursts of 'High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity', HIIPA for short.

End-of-life care should focus on quality of life

A UNSW Sydney study calls for a reorganisation of health care priorities that focus on quality of life rather than prolonging the life of older people with terminal illnesses.

Prostate cancer robotic surgery superiority – limited evidence

Robotic surgery for prostate cancer – an increasingly popular treatment option – is not proven as more effective, yet many patients believe that it is, a new UNSW and Ingham Institute study shows.

House of Representatives Petitions to be opened for debate

Petitions to the House of Representatives with over 20,000 signatures would be debated by the House under recommendations made by the House Petitions Committee.