Guiding end of life directions for aged care

Providing Australians with support and the right advice on palliative care and advance care planning will be easier with a $15 million injection by the Commonwealth Government.

God’s waiting room? Life needs to be valued in nursing homes

When an older person moves into a nursing home it’s generally due to a decline in their health.

Tasmanian budget win for seniors

The Tasmanian Government’s announcement in the 14 June 2018 budget of a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty for eligible seniors who downsize their homes is welcomed news.

Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Government will establish a National Office for Child Safety and issue a formal apology in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Establishment of peak body to counter elder abuse

A new group launched on 14 June 2018 by the Attorney-General will focus on supporting older Australians and protecting them from elder abuse.

Mammograms to continue for SA women in their 70s

South Australian women aged between 70 and 74 will continue to receive potentially life-saving mammograms for free as part of a new $4.2 million agreement secured by the Government.

Stay safe this winter

With winter now upon us we are reminded of the common dangers associated with appliances used to stay warm.

Keeping older Aussies warm over winter

A new study that focuses on improving housing design to keep older people warm over winter and cool over summer, could help Australians live independently for longer.

WA continues support for Grandcarers Assistance Program

The Western Australia Government has announced it will provide Wanslea with $125,000 to extend the Grandcarers Assistance Program for an additional 12 months.

Queensland budget holds little joy for seniors

Queensland’s budget contained a little joy for older people, with continued funding of elder abuse prevention on the plus side offsetting the demise of a dedicated job skilling program.

Failure to maintain smoke alarms

Last winter only half of all homes where accidental fires occurred had a working smoke alarm, prompting WA fire authorities and Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan to urge people to take immediate action.

Caring for regional dementia carers

The call is out for country carers of people living with dementia to join in a ground-breaking research project using technology to improve their lives and continue caring.

Social care Japanese style – what we can learn from the world's oldest population

 Japan has long been known for its widespread respect for its seniors and a powerful sense of obligation to care for them.

Most people with earliest Alzheimer’s signs won’t develop dementia

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers determine risks based on age, gender and biomarker screening.

83 years and still learning

Proof that it is never too late to learn, Joseph Malouf became the oldest graduate with The Tax Institute at age 83 at the graduation ceremony for the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law.

New Bupa health insurance restrictions hit 1 September 2018

Dramatic policy changes deemed by the Commonwealth Ombudsman to have been ‘poorly communicated’ have left Bupa customers with no choice but to consider their private health insurance options, the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists warned.

Australian-first dementia care model successfully implemented

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus’ implementation of the revolutionary, Australian-first, dementia care model, the ‘Butterfly Household Model of Care’, is now complete.

Time for action on elder financial abuse

The banking industry, along with COTA Australia and National Seniors, are calling on all the nation’s Attorneys General to agree their COAG meeting on 8 June 2018 to key changes which will empower bank staff to help detect and prevent elder financial abuse.

CSIRO-Singapore partnership targets gut health and old age

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University are teaming up to work on one of the biggest health challenges facing both countries today: healthy ageing.

Aussie blokes underestimate their risk of skin cancer

Fewer than one-in-three Aussie blokes (32 per cent) consider themselves at high risk of skin cancer, despite 82 per cent reporting at least one known risk factor.

Walking faster could make you live longer

Researchers call for walking pace to be emphasised in public health messages, as analysis of over 50,000 walkers finds a faster pace is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.