More Australians seeking advance care planning advice

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has reported a 462% surge in calls to their advisory service with more people seeking advice about taking active control of their future health care.

People with disability and seniors to be impacted by new regulatory tax

Disabled, seniors and vulnerable people in the community will be impacted by a new regulatory tax from 1 July 2018, warns the Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia (ATSA).

ACMA helps consumers moving to the NBN

New industry standards are the next step taken by the Australian Communication and Media Authority to help consumers move smoothly to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Volunteer grants round

Community organisations will benefit from $20 million in grants to support the efforts of their volunteers.

Marriage may protect against heart disease/stroke and associated risk of death

Marriage may protect against the development of heart disease/stroke as well as influencing who is more likely to die of it, suggests a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the journal Heart.

Technology to help dementia patients remain at home longer

New technology will enable people with dementia to receive round the clock observation and live independently in their own homes, a new study in the Journal PL0S One reports.

Ethnicity, age contributing to low bowel cancer screening rates

Ethnicity and age are leading causes for low uptake of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in Australia, rather than geographic location, new research shows.

Physical fitness and lower aortic stiffness key to slower brain ageing

The rate of decline in certain aspects of memory may be explained by a combination of overall physical fitness and the stiffness of the central arteries.

Comment invited on new Retirement Living Code of Conduct

Public comment is being sought on the draft version of a new national Retirement Living Code of Conduct.

Nurses cut risk of colorectal cancer

A nurse-led model of colorectal cancer surveillance has shown improved outcomes for patients, new research has found.

Early bushfire season for south-east Queensland

Parts of south-east Queensland could be heading for an early bushfire season, with firefighters urging residents to prepare now before it’s too late.

COAG Performance Reporting

The Productivity Commission now operates Council of Australian Government's (COAG’s) Performance Reporting Dashboard.

Aged care industry financial situation deteriorates

The latest (March 2018) report by industry analyst Stewart Brown released this week shows the financial situation for residential aged care facilities is continuing to deteriorate putting the sustainability of the sector at risk.

NT Seniors, Pensioners and Carers scheme

The Northern Territory’s Pensioner, Seniors and Carers schemes come into effect on 1 July 2018.

How old is too old for surgery, and why?

Many of us will have been in situations with older loved ones where a doctor says surgery is too risky given the patient’s advanced age. Why is it surgery becomes risky in the elderly, and is it based on chronological age or their health?

World Continence Week

Aged Care Minister and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt has called on the one in four Australians affected by incontinence to make sure they seek help and receive the support available to live life to the full.

Tackle elder financial abuse

Australians can now join the drive for change to tackle Elder Financial Abuse in a new campaign launched today by the Australian Banking Association, National Seniors, the Council on the Ageing, the Older Persons Advocacy Network and the Finance Sector Union.

Violent crime against older people is at record levels — here's why

Crime statistics have traditionally suggested that people aged 60 or over are less likely to be the victims of violent crime than the rest of the population.

Government energy site helps consumers find a better deal

Australians have used the Commonwealth Government Energy Made Easy price comparator website more than one million times since August 2017.

Applications open - 2018 National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has opened applications for the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study 2018, the first of its kind in Australia.

Have your say on the future of men’s health in WA

Western Australians are urged to get involved and have their say on the State's first policy to improve the health and wellbeing of men.