Assistance dog trial to help tackle veteran mental health

La Trobe University in Victoria will partner with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in conducting a $2 million trial of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) assistance dogs for veterans.

Leading world experts in dementia come to Sydney

World leading experts in dementia research and care from more than 15 countries will arrive at the 2018 International Dementia Conference in Sydney later this week.

Why hip fractures in the elderly are often a death sentence

The news an elderly relative has broken a hip tends to sound alarm bells, perhaps more than breaking another bone would. That’s because a hip fracture dramatically increases an older person’s risk of death.

Virtual technology: a game-changer in dementia care

A partnership with Dementia Australia has led to the use of virtual reality and game engine technology to transform dementia care.

University of Queensland clinic to aid healthy ageing

Healthy ageing and wellbeing is the focus of a new community-based clinic launched by The University of Queensland on 1 June 2018.

Warning about high fees for credit repair and debt advice services

ASIC is warning consumers about companies that claim they can fix a poor credit rating.

Millions of older Australians missing out online

Latest research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner reveals around 2.7 million Australians aged 50 years and over have little or no engagement with the online world.

Revamped NT Seniors Discount Program

Senior Northern Territorians will benefit from the revamped NT Seniors Card program delivering more benefits and discounts, as well as connecting seniors with local business.

Caring for elderly Australians in a home-like setting can reduce hospital visits

A new study has found residents with dementia in aged-care facilities that provide a home-like model of care have a better quality of life and fewer hospitalisations than those living in more standard facilities.

More support needed to protect home carers from emotional pressures

Care workers who provide personal and domestic care to older people with dementia in their own homes are at risk of feeling under emotional strain and some don't get as much support as they need.

A touch of kindness works wonders for cancer patients

For those grappling with a disease such as cancer, a kinder approach from medical staff and those around them could go a long way to not only improving their treatment but also helping improve their chances of recovery.

Nurse numbers key to preventable deaths

With more than 25,000 preventable deaths in hospitals around Australia each year, Dr Melanie Underwood has been working to analyse the causes of system failure, finding that nurse numbers are key.

WA calls on Government to better support foster and grand carers

Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk is calling on the Australian Government for more practical support for Western Australia's carers of children living in out-of-home care.

Rural, regional and remote priority for new aged care places

Aged care in rural, regional and remote communities will be prioritised in a new 2018-2019 Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR).

Medication errors common and significant

Medication errors are a common and significant problem, particularly when patients move between healthcare providers according to an article in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber.

How much exercise keeps our brains healthy as we age?

Staying physically active later in life, by doing around an hour and half of moderate aerobic exercise and a couple of strength training sessions per week, can help keep your brain healthy.

Food as medicine: fixing health with a fork

The idea that food has medicinal properties dates to Antiquity but has seen a revival in recent times with an abundance of research, journals, books and conferences devoted to the topic.

National Bowel Cancer Screening reduces the risk of death

Australia’s bowel cancer screening program is effective in reducing the risk of death from the disease, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

Veterans’ advocacy study discussion paper released

PUBLIC submissions are being sought to inform a major study which has commenced to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families.

WA to host Australian masters hockey championships

The State Government has signed a deal to fund the Australian Women's Masters Hockey Championships later this year, and the Australian Men's Masters Hockey Championships in 2019.

Surgical mortality rates

Victoria continues to be one of the safest places in the country to have surgery with continuing low death rates, according to the latest Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) report.