Aged care bulletin September 2017 quarter

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner has recently made September quarterly complaints data available to the public.

Industry superannuation funds set for growth

The combination of the largest membership base and youngest age profile, gives industry superannuation funds the greatest long term or lifetime growth potential.

Brain imaging shows spread of key protein in Alzheimer’s

Advances in brain imaging have shown that a key protein, amyloid beta and tau cause nerve cell death spread throughout the brain in Alzheimer’s disease.

Consumer guarantee reports increase 39 per cent

More than 29,000 people reported consumer guarantee issues to the ACCC in 2017, with half noting problems getting remedies for faulty automotive, whitegoods or electronics products.

Low dose Codeine ineffective for most pain relief

The best medical advice and research shows that Codeine is no better for pain than other over the counter medicines, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said today.

Free dementia education courses for carers and volunteers

Dementia Australia has announced that they will be running a series of free educational courses for family, carers, friends and volunteers, of people who are living with dementia in the Albury region.

Nestlé sells Violet Crumble to Robern Menz

Nestlé Australia Ltd announced that it has entered into an agreement with Adelaide-based family business Robern Menz (Mfg) Pty Ltd to sell the iconic Violet Crumble brand for an undisclosed sum.

Trees, sky and birdsong in cities are beneficial for mental wellbeing

Researchers have found that being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing.

Residents urged to review their cyclone preparedness

Residents are being reminded to ready themselves for any storms or cyclones that could come their way over the coming months.

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus acquires Dementia Care Matters

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus has acquired UK based Dementia Care Matters, a leading international dementia care culture change organisation.

Pfizer halts research into Alzheimer's And Parkinson's

Pfizer has announced plans to end its research efforts to discover new drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Improved access to stroke services in country SA

South Australian rural patients who suffer a stroke will now be able to receive specialised treatment closer to home at any time of day or night at the State’s three regional stroke services.

Have your say on the new ACT Office for Mental Health

Canberrans with an interest in mental health services are encouraged to participate in the consultation on the establishment of Canberra’s first Office for Mental Health.

Stay safe in the heat

Queenslanders are being urged to be vigilant during this week’s warm weather and keep an eye on children and the elderly with temperatures forecast to remain in the 30’s.

Who will be our four 2018 Australians of the year?

The National Australia Day Council has announced the State and Territory Award recipients who are in the running for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards.

Screening could prevent hip fractures

Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women, according to new research.

Fighting cancer with fitness

In an Australian first, a new exercise-medicine healthcare service designed to combat the impact cancer has on patients’ health, wellbeing and longevity was launched at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Could sugar be responsible for the obesity and diabetes epidemics?

The idea that sugar could be a fundamental cause of the global obesity and diabetes epidemics, with deleterious effects on the human body that go beyond just empty calories, should be considered seriously again.

Kids locked in cars - dangers campaign kicks off in VIC

Parents are being warned not to leave their children in cars this summer as new statistics reveal the top 10 Victorian postcodes for ambulance call outs to kids stuck in vehicles.

Daily habits may be the key to lasting weight loss

The majority of people who are overweight and lose weight end up regaining or exceeding their original weights.

Air pollution linked with premature death among seniors

Short-term exposures to fine particulate air pollution and ozone—even at levels well below current national safety standards—were linked to higher risk of premature death among the elderly in the U.S.