Simplifying aged care access and red tape cuts

Aged care access will be simplified and choice made easier, as the federal Government allocates more than $85 million to streamline means testing and improve the My Aged Care system.

Action plan to tackle elder abuse in SA

An Action Plan as been devised to improve responses for older women affected by domestic and family violence in South Australia.

NAIDOC Week - Honouring the service and sacrifice of Indigenous service women

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said today that the 2018NAIDOC Week theme of ‘because of her, we can’, is the perfect opportunity to recognise the service and sacrifice of Indigenous women who have served the country in uniform.

Failure to detect type 2 diabetes early costing physically and financially

Diabetes Australia has warned that failure to implement a comprehensive national type 2 diabetes early detection program could be costing the Australian health system more than $700 million each year.

Sleep disorder linked to brain changes seen in dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, University of Sydney research reveals.

Emergency care project for elderly to be duplicated

A fast-tracked emergency department program for elderly patients co-developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is now being rolled out in Cairns and Ipswich.

Researchers call for stigma reduction to meet aged care employment demand

A new report on the future of the aged care sector has called for a public awareness strategy to reduce discrimination and stigma related to ageing and care work.

Let’s dance: helping people living with Parkinson’s

QUT researchers have found that for people living with Parkinson’s disease, dance improves walking, emotional wellbeing, and capacity to tackle cognitive challenges.

People Plus Technology a promising home care combination

An Australian-first home-based treatment trial that includes holographic virtual doctors, promises to reduce hospitalisation and help older people remain living independently for longer.

Free therapeutic activities for Brisbane locals living with dementia

Dementia Australia invites Brisbane locals living with dementia and their carers to attend free Therapeutic Activity Groups to help encourage social interaction and build connections.

Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health amalgamate

Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health have announces the official amalgamation of their two organisations as of 1 July 2018.

Age pension application process needs major overhaul

The Centrelink application process for the Age Pension needs an urgent overhaul, according to an advocacy group for older Australians.

More than one in six consumers struggling with credit card debt

ASIC's review into credit card lending in Australia has found that 18.5% of consumers are struggling with credit card debt.

1 in 5 assaults of males perpetrated by more than one stranger

A notable number of assaults of males are perpetrated by more than one unknown attacker, new data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

Australian Dementia Network announced

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), a registry and research program will accelerate dementia research in Australia with memory centres and a registry of clinical trial volunteers.

Skills, not just age, affect older drivers’ performance on the road

Testing the motor and cognitive skills of drivers may be a better indicator of risky older drivers than aged-based assessments alone, Curtin University research suggests.

Access to CTC must be improved for bowel cancer patients

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is calling on the Federal Government to improve access to potentially life-saving diagnostic testing for Australian bowel cancer patients.

Applications open for aged care offering

Existing and prospective aged care providers may apply for a share in a record offering of more than 14,200 new aged care places, with a focus on allocations in rural, regional and remote locations.

Funding for older Australians to live at home

The Federal Government will allocate $5.5 billion toward local services to help approximately 800,000 older Australians to live independently at home for longer.

Probiotics can protect the skeletons of older women

For the first time in the world, researchers at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have demonstrated that probiotics, dietary supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the human skeleton.

Unannounced audits of residential aged care homes

A new era of aged care quality and safety compliance begins on 1 July 2018, as unannounced audits are rolled out across Australia’s almost 2,700 residential aged care homes.