Animal robots benefit dementia patients

Using animal robots in the care of people with dementia has a modest but significant benefit, a new Griffith University study has revealed.

SA energy discount tender for low income households

More than 180,000 low-income South Australian households will get the opportunity to sign up for a new energy discount offer to reduce the cost of electricity compared to the standing contract price.

QLD retirement Village review long overdue

The Queensland Government’s call for a review of Retirement Village laws has been welcomed by QUT experts as a significant step but they urged the government to proceed with caution.

Small private health insurers lead in satisfaction

New research from shows that the top three private health insurers for customer satisfaction over the year to June 2017 were all small niche players, well ahead of the main funds.

Retirement village reforms for NSW

The NSW Government has introduced a new package of reforms that will make contracts more transparent and provide tools for retirement village residents to compare costs.

Australia’s access to justice to be laid bare

The Law Council of Australia said that countless Australians are being denied access to justice as its national Justice Project moves into the consultation phase.

40,000+ women and over 1,000 events for Women’s Health Week

When it comes to health, many women are great at caring for others but often put themselves last.

So many are depressed because they're expected not to be

Depression is listed as the leading cause of disability worldwide, a standing to which it has progressed steadily over the past 20 years.

$40 million for dementia research projects

The Federal Government is allocating more than $40 million to medical research projects associated with addressing the growing dementia epidemic which is one of the leading causes of death in Australia.

Re-training the brain in pain

Psychologists are working on ways to reduce the brain’s sensitivity to pain, with the aim of improving pain management techniques.

New NT seniors abuse resources

The Northern Territory Government is providing $300,000 for a range of jobs and initiatives that will improve awareness and offer resources for those suffering from elder abuse.

Bank-owned super funds falling short

Independent data on Australia’s superannuation funds shows that the performance gap is widening between not-for-profit industry super funds and for-profit bank-owned super funds.

Queenslanders encouraged to use electricity rebates

Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt is encouraging eligible Queenslanders to make full use of the many concessions and rebates on offer to help with cost-of-living pressures.

Balance urged in cancer screening to avoid health pitfalls

Experts have called for a rethink of cancer screening in the light of improved understanding of the complications and consequent poorer outcomes that can result from overdiagnosis of some cancers.

Aged care charities report released

Australia’s aged care charities employ more than 170,000 people, according to new a report released by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Super balances of retirees increasing, but females still lag

Superannuation balances have increased over the last nine years, but the progress of female intending retirees’ balances is slow resulting in balances still well below that of males.

Third person self-talk can help control emotions

The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk.

Walking the dog boost physical activity

Taking the dog out for a walk may boost older people’s physical activity levels—whatever the weather.

New push for better mental health outcomes for older people

The mental health and wellbeing of older Australians is being compromised by a lack of understanding of their needs and the limited availability of specialist services.

Korean War Veterans remembered

Today, the nation remembers those Australians who served in the Korean War, on the 64th anniversary of the 1953 Armistice agreement.

‘Rusty’ brains linked to Alzheimer’s

Cleaning out ‘rust’ from the brain could be a way to slow and even prevent the degenerative disease Alzheimer’s, according to new research that pinpoints iron as its so-far elusive potential driver.