Appointment of new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, and Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, yesterday announced the appointment of Janet Anderson as the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner.

PBS listing to help macular disease patients

A new Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing will allow4,500 patients to access subsidised medicine to treat macular disease.

Disability Support Pension falls short of ‘close the gap’ goals

New research from Western Sydney University shows that the Australian Government’s ongoing changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP) acutely disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Health Check: how much physical activity is enough in older age?

Making physical activity a regular habit is important for health and well-being. But health promotion messages are often aimed at children and young people, with less focus on the importance of physical activity for older people.

Injuries and aged care resident hospital admissions

The extent of unintentional injury-related hospital admissions among aged care residents in Victoria has been revealed by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC).

Time to reduce diabetes-related foot disease

Greater investment from governments, health professionals and researchers is needed to reduce costly and common diabetes-related foot disease (DFD).

Social connection one key to improving aged care

Student volunteers are breathing new life into aged care facilities in a University of Queensland program that could help shape the future of the sector.

Report on the quality of care in residential aged care facilities

The House of Representatives, Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee today presented its Report on the Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia.

Challenges ahead for the aged care industry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced, in September, a Royal Commission into Australia’s aged care sector following allegations of patient mistreatment and concerns that industry operators were putting profits ahead of the welfare of their residents.

Helping vulnerable Victorians with energy bills

The Victorian Government is connecting Victoria’s vulnerable households with energy brokerage services, helping them to save up to $600 per annum.

Royal Flying Doctor Service new jet aircraft

In a world first, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations will soon have two PC-24 jets providing life-saving medical support across Western Australia.

SA website to inspire Seniors to discover their own backyard

A new online portal is encouraging older people to better connect with local communities and discover the diverse parks and open spaces South Australia has to offer.

Don't miss the signs of a breaking spine, warns IOF

Osteoporosis, a disease which causes bones to become weak and fragile, is the cause of broken bones in approximately one in three women and one in five men aged over 50 worldwide.

Senior Canberrans survey results

Senior Canberrans have a high level of engagement with community activities, are helping family and friends and are able to stay connected and healthy.

Now it's younger Australians moving out of the big cities

No longer pegged as one of the retirement villages of Australia, recent demographic data and interest in Tasmania suggest a change in the air.

Alice Springs Masters Games come to a close

The 17th Alice Springs Masters Games has officially wrapped up, concluding an exceptional week of sportsmanship celebrating the best of Australia’s sporting culture.

Sporting clubs in NSW are joining the Modified Sport Program for seniors

Walking basketball, walking soccer, teeball and “Live Long Play Ping Pong” table tennis are some of the low-impact versions of popular sports encouraging NSW seniors to get active.

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018 shortlists

The shortlists for this year's Prime Minister's Literary Awards were announced on 17 October by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield.

Omega 3 fatty acids linked to healthy ageing

Higher blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids found in seafood are associated with a higher likelihood of healthy ageing among older adults, finds a US study published by The BMJ today.

Verily Connect supports regional dementia carers

A high-tech regional network is being rolled out to support carers of people with dementia across three states, with a $1.7 million allocation by the Federal Government.

Cases of dementia may arise from DNA ‘spelling mistakes’

A study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge believe they may have found an explanation for some dementias: spontaneous errors in our DNA as cells divide and replicate.