Committee to hear evidence on aged care in Queensland

The Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee will be holding a public hearing in Brisbane on Thursday, 26 April 2018, as part of its Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia.

Early Years Reading Game

The Victorian Government is encouraging parents and grandparents to read more books with their young children to inspire a love of reading and set them up for success later in life.

CPI rose 0.4 per cent in the March quarter 2018

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the March quarter 2018, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal. This follows a rise of 0.6 per cent in the December quarter 2017.

We can change our brain to cope with disease with simple lifestyle choices

Despite the lack of treatments for these diseases, there’s now a growing body of research to suggest there are a range of lifestyle changes we can adopt to help enhance our brain function. And even prevent brain disease.

New research to reduce dementia impact on first peoples

The high rate of dementia in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is being targeted through five ground-breaking research projects.

Repay welfare debts or face interest charges - Government

Thousands of former welfare recipients who owe a total of $905 million in unpaid debts to the Commonwealth will be hit with interest charges unless they agree to sign up to a repayment plan.

Fluad influenza vaccine latex issue

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory regarding Fluad trivalent influenza vaccine for people aged 65 and over, and a risk to patients with a latex allergy.

Power Saving Bonus Victoria

All Victorian households will receive a $50 bonus if they seek out a better electricity deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website, potentially saving them additional hundreds of dollars.

Government mandates aged care worker flu vaccination offers

The offer and provision of influenza vaccinations to all staff in residential aged care homes will be compulsory. Workers may choose to take up the vaccination offer.

Why it’s so important to stay active for life

Professor Peter Reaburn, Head of Exercise and Sports, Health Sciences and Medicine, explains why it’s vital we all stay active for life…

Unnecessary medications prescribed for dementia patients

Medication use climbed 10 percent per year among newly diagnosed dementia patients, a new international study led by the University of Sydney reveals.

Free CPR course could help you save a young life

Could you save the life of your grandchild if they stopped breathing?

Gut bugs might cause arthritis

Bacteria in the gut, known as the gut microbiome, could be the culprit behind arthritis and joint pain that plagues people who are obese, according to a new study published in JCI Insight.

Airbnb partners with NSW Seniors Card

Airbnb has come to an agreement with NSW Seniors Card to encourage more card holders to participate in the sharing economy.

Death may still come as a shock for family carers

Family members who are caring for a dying loved one are often mentally and behaviourally prepared for the death but require support to ensure they are emotionally prepared.

New Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

The Australian Government will establish a new national independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and increase transparency through a publically available rating against quality standards.

NSW Seniors encouraged to dive into digital age

Using smart phones, internet banking and search engines will all become a breeze for NSW seniors taking part in the 2018 Tech Savvy Seniors Roadshow.

Music drives Saxy Lady’s recovery after stroke

Queensland musician Lynette Gordon-Smith was told there was a strong chance she would never be able to play her saxophone again after she suffered a stroke last year.

Better staffing will fix the crisis in aged care

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling for mandatory minimum staffing ratios and skills mix in aged care facilities.

Multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea lands in Australia

Two cases of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea have been recently detected in Australia. One case was diagnosed in Western Australia and a second case diagnosed in Queensland.

New pharmaceutical listings on the PBS

From 1 May 2018, classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients will no longer pay over $200,000 per course of treatment, now paying a maximum of $39.50 per script or $6.40 for concessional patients.