Mobile laundry for the homeless

Clean clothes are coming to people who are homeless in Sydney through a new mobile laundry service launched by the NSW Government.

New flu vaccine following high case season

Vulnerable Australians will get free access to protections against the flu in 2016 following another record number of reported cases in 2015.

Improving dementia support

The Federal Government will build a nationally consistent dementia support services following analysis released today that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.

Low income households could suffer under GST increase

An increase in the GST to fund income tax cuts will mean households on low and modest incomes would be significantly worse off than higher income households.

New aged care wing opens in Orange

Opal Aged Care has opened a new wing and refurbished home at its Cherrywood Grove facility, following an investment of $13 million.

New SA elder abuse campaign

A new public awareness campaign aimed at putting a stop to the abuse of older South Australians has been launched.

Crisis continues among older workers

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work consultation has found that discrimination against mature-age workers persists widely amongst job recruiters.

Vision pass boosts travel accessibility

QLD commuters who are blind or have low vision will be able to travel more independently across the state with the Government introducing an upgraded permanent go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass.

Common prescription medicines cheaper over-the-counter

Many concessional patients with a prescription for medicines such as paracetamol and aspirin are paying two-to-three times retail prices than if they simply purchased them over-the-counter.

NSW Registered Nurses in aged care report

A report by the Legislative Council Standing Committee tabled in the NSW Parliament on 29 October 2015 recommended that RNs be on duty in residential aged care at all times.

Faecal transplants show promise

The use of faecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice.

Cancer survivors eat unhealthily

While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short.

Risk of heat-related health problems increases with age

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

Gambling addicts need friends

A one-time pokies addict who turned her harmful habit into gambling research is helping dozens of problem gamblers in Melbourne.

Mindful care for carers

Mindfulness activities may be useful in reducing the stress and increasing quality of life for those people caring for family members or friends with an illness.

GDF could lead to better recovery after stroke

UCLA researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the brain.

The Gray Wave. The Silver Tsunami. The Agequake.

Aging societies have been on the horizon for decades around the world.

Not everything gives you cancer- too much processed meat might

If you're scared by the World Health Organisation's declaration that processed meat - and probably red meat - are carcinogens like tobacco, just remember that old adage of everything in moderation.

Jobs plan for older workers failing

The Federal Department of Employment is set to overhaul the failing Restart wage subsidy program, designed to get older Australians back to work, from 1 November 2015.

Electricity price stability for Queenslanders

The Queensland Government has acted to lock in power price stabilisation for Queenslanders following the final determination from the Australian Energy Regulator today.

Funeral insurance RIP-offs exposed

ASIC has today released a report on funeral insurance, highlighting that funeral insurance premiums tend to rise steeply for the over-50s and that many people cancel their policy in the first few years.