Drugs to curb acid reflux linked to stomach cancer risk

The long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), used to treat acid reflux, is linked to a more than doubling in the risk of developing stomach cancer.

New aged care workforce taskforce

The Federal Government today announced an expert taskforce to develop a wide-ranging workforce strategy, focused on supporting safe, quality aged care for senior Australians.

Strength exercise as vital as aerobic

Push ups and sit ups could add years to your life according to a new study of over 80,000 adults led by the University of Sydney. Strength exercise could provide unique health benefits.

Medicare rebate for videoconferencing mental health

From 1 November 2017, people living in smaller country towns and remote and very remote locations will get improved access to psychological services, under a new telehealth initiative.

QLD Election: $1 adult fares for public transport under the Greens

The Queensland Greens will introduce flat $1 fares and free fares for kids under 18s and abolish zones within city council boundaries.

Green vegetables linked with better heart health

Getting more greens into your diet could cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 40 per cent, according to new research from Edith Cowan University.

Nearly half of all older people take at least five medicines

More and more people are relying on their daily dose of medication for long-term health conditions.

Prepare pets, livestock and home for cyclone season

Cyclone season officially starts in November, and Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, and Darwin Lord Mayor, Kon Vatskalis, are reminding Territorians to plan ahead and prepare for a cyclone.

100th anniversary of Battle of Beersheba

Australia will today commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Risk management for emergency events in aged care

During an emergency, providers are required under the Aged Care Act 1997 or their grant or aged care funding agreement to continue to maintain quality care and services to care recipients.

Chronic pain and codeine are not a good mix

Painaustralia welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Health, Greg Hunt that one million dollars of new funding will be provided to ensure consumers are better informed about codeine and chronic pain.

Radiology less invasive for narrowing arteries

New research shows that a minimally invasive endovascular procedure is more cost-effective than invasive bypass surgery for the treatment of a common condition that leads to the narrowing of arteries.

Race betting in Australia

Nearly one million Australians regularly gamble on horse and dog racing with a high proportion of them experiencing one or more gambling-related problems.

WA Seniors Week celebrates active ageing

Western Australia's biggest celebration of seniors got under way, with a week of activities to excite and inform older Western Australians - and active ageing is top of the agenda.

Robots and laser beam aged care innovation

A state-of-the-art residential aged care facility in Austral in western Sydney sets new standards in the use of technology to support residents’ safety and wellbeing.

iPhone Cochlear implant sound processor introduced

People with severe to profound hearing loss can access the CochlearTM Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor.

Power rebates for QLD

Low-income households will see some light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of the Queensland Government’s Affordable Energy Plan.

Cost of comfy retirement unattainable for many

More than 80 per cent of Gen X and Y Australians may not be able to afford a comfortable retirement, according to research undertaken by Griffith University.

New elder abuse services for regional QLD

New services to help victims of elder abuse will soon be rolled out to five regional locations across Queensland.

QLD seniors housing legislation amended

Seniors’ organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland has welcomed the passing of the Housing Legislation (Building Better Futures) Amendment Bill.

Aged care assessment visits to be unannounced

Announced accreditation visits will be replaced with unannounced audits across Australia’s residential aged care facilities.