Palliative care growing faster than other hospital services

The use of palliative care services in hospitals has been rising at a faster rate than other hospitalisations, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Palliative Care Week 2018

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt is urging all Australians to support National Palliative Care Week, by asking the question: What matters most?

Commonwealth Health Ministers summit “springboard for action”

Far-reaching measures that will drive up healthcare standards and improve the lives of millions of citizens have been agreed by Commonwealth ministers.

New Helpline to assist Centrelink scam victims

Centrelink is today launching a dedicated scams helpline to assist clients who have fallen victim to fraudsters or identity thieves posing as departmental staff.

Outdated hysterectomy surgical choices put women at risk

Australian women are undergoing unnecessarily invasive hysterectomies due to a lack of contemporary surgical skills among gynaecologists.

Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017

Australians lost more money to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity.

Older Australians most likely to volunteer

During National Volunteer Week (21-27 May), The Benevolent Society would like to recognise the contribution made by older Australians.

New data reveals the impact of arthritis on mental health

Australians living with arthritis are significantly more likely to be affected by mental health issues, according to new research released by the Medibank Better Health Foundation.

The best foods for arthritis symptoms

Osteoarthritis is the most common of the more than 200 forms of arthritis, affecting more than 20% of the population.

Homelessness: Australia's shameful story of policy complacency and failure

Exactly a decade ago in 2008, the Australian government committed to an ambitious strategy to halve national homelessness by 2020.

Older Australians need to consider new ways of finding work

Unemployment among older adults due to age-related discrimination whilst looking for work is an issue that affects almost one-third of Australians.

Health Ministers set to improve the lives of Commonwealth citizens

Tackling preventable diseases, funding universal healthcare and guaranteeing cervical cancer screening for girls are among the topics that will be addressed by Commonwealth ministers at a major health summit.

Research leads to psychotropic medication reduction in aged-care facilities

Effective intervention can reduce medication overuse in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), the latest University of Tasmania research shows.

Hidden hunger in Australia worse than first thought

New research has found one in three low- and middle-income Australian families struggle with food insecurity, or a lack of access to sufficient food – with diet quality taking a back seat to simply putting food on the table.

How is frontotemporal dementia different and what are the warning signs?

When most people hear about dementia, they picture older people with memory loss. But not all types of dementia start with memory loss.

Funding fights nursing home - hospital antibiotic resistance

University of Queensland research into antibiotic resistance links between nursing homes and hospitals has received a $1.8 million government funding boost.

Why it makes sense for firms to care for the carers

One in eight employees has informal caring duties at home.

Grandparents caring for children say they need more support

Many Australian carers are grandparents caring for vulnerable relatives living out-of-home and they are not getting the support services they need, according to a research report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Eliminate high blood pressure and halve the impact of stroke

It’s World Hypertension Day and the Stroke Foundation is determined to slash stroke numbers in Australia – with your help.

Omega-6 fats may help prevent cognitive decline

Australian-first research has found eating a diet higher in omega-6 fats to be associated with better cognition in older Australians.

Falls most common cause of hospitalised injury

More Australians are being hospitalised for injuries, with falls and transport crashes remaining the leading cause of injuries.