Benevolent Society appoints aged care expert as CEO

The Benevolent Society, has appointed Joanne Toohey as Chief Executive Officer, after nine months of serving as acting CEO following the departure of Anne Hollonds in July 2014.

Hearing aid devices keep breaking sound barrier

Improvements in technology and a growing elderly hearing impaired market are driving the development of a train of hearing devices claiming supremacy over predecessors. Here are two more.

NSW public transport hazards for aged commuters

Automatic boom gates that shut too quickly, fast set downs on trains and buses and slippery platforms are among the major hazards confronting older and less mobile commuters.

Reassessing high use of heartburn and reflux medicines

Many Australians may be using (and spending money on) a daily prescription heartburn and reflux medicine that may not be necessary.

Volunteers not safe from workplace bullying

Despite the charitable nature of volunteering new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University has found one in three volunteers can experience workplace bullying as in any other workplace.

Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.

Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate

Australia could not function without the enormous and mostly hidden contribution of carers.

High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

Time to change smoke alarm batteries

Families are urged to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks back at the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday 5 April.

Mental health funding extended

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced.

Call to reform super and pension assets test

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has issued a call to the Federal Parliament to reject the plan to lower the Indexation of pensions that would severely impact all pensioners.

NSW Government Cabinet announced

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has announced his Cabinet following his win in the State election on 28 March 2015.

Free Perth public transport for ANZAC centenary

The State Government will provide free public transport on 25 April as West Australians attend ANZAC Day events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Age-friendly photographic competition

ACT Minister for Ageing Mick Gentleman has urged amateur photographers to enter the 2015 Life’s Reflections Photographic Competition.

Paracetamol is ineffective for lower back pain

Paracetamol is not effective in the treatment of spinal pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to a study published in The BMJ today.

Provider Finder online resource for people with disability

The Federal Government has launched a new initiative to help people with disability access advocacy services.

Origin to pay $2 million for unlawful door-to-door sales tactics

The Federal Court has ordered Origin Energy Electricity Limited (Origin) to pay $2 million in penalties in relation to unlawful door-to-door selling practices.

Dementia now the second leading cause of death

The ABS has released their 2013 report on causes of death in Australia – which looks at the 147,678 deaths reported in 2013 and presents a full picture of mortality patterns across the population.

"Easter Mondayitis" - blood donors abandon critical time of need

Australia still needs 1300 people to give blood on Easter Monday – a week from today - to prevent a shortage of products vital to the treatment of cancer patients.

Tax discussion welcomed – retirement incomes discussion needed

A discussion about the taxation system which feeds into a retirement incomes review to ensure equitable, sustainable and stable tax and income security system for all retirees is needed.

Stress management helps long term breast cancer survivors

A new study shows that providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years later.