GP visits reduce risk of hospitalisation and death following heart attack

The important role GPs play in providing care for patients following heart attacks has been highlighted in a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Top five ways to boost your health in 2019 – based on the latest research

It’s the start of a new year and there is no doubt that 2019 will be as saturated with nutritional nonsense as 2018.

Superannuation fee disclosure regime needs an overhaul

Under the current regime, platforms – typically owned by banks and wealth management groups – are not required to disclose all costs relating to underlying investment products.

DNA mapping could deliver medications more effectively

A UniSA scientist has called for Australia to embrace pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing to deliver medication more effectively and slash around $2.4 billion wasted each year through unsafe and ineffective drug prescriptions.

Aged care financial challenge ongoing

New figures from a leading industry analyst show ongoing financial challenges for aged care providers in residential care and home care.

Additional Home Care Packages rollout starts

Dementia Australia has welcomed the rollout of an additional 10,000 new high-level home care packages previously announced by the Government.

How better taxing super could fund aged care

Getting aged care right is difficult. It involves staff training, qualifications and ratios, the entry of for-profit providers and ensuring access in regional areas – many of the issues highlighted in this year’s two-part Four Corners special.

Correct usage of seat belts for seniors

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in partnership with Transurban has developed an informative brochure on correct usage of seat belts for seniors.

UQ moving towards clinical trials of dementia ultrasound treatment

Safety testing of a pioneering ultrasound technique that could delay the effects of dementia will begin in Brisbane in late 2019, led by University of Queensland researchers.

6 tips for keeping cool this summer

Researchers at Western Sydney University say that extreme heat occurrences are becoming a major liveability issue.

Voluntary assisted dying a step closer in Victoria

The pharmacy service at The Alfred hospital will become the sole service for dispensing voluntary assisted dying medications across Victoria.

Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Funding for Multi-Purpose Services

Senior Australians living in regional, rural and remote areas will have greater access to aged care services through new $4 million annual funding in flexible aged care places.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission starts work

2 January 2019 marks a new era for Australian aged care, with the independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission opening its doors.

Regeneration may cause isolation for older people

A study by an academic from the University of Manchester has found that urban regeneration in poor neighbourhoods can actually backfire, and lead to older people feeling isolated.

1 in 4 breast cancers potentially preventable

Cancer Australia has today launched an extensive new website that provides up-to-date evidence-based information on 68 risk factors for breast cancer.

New website will make finding a NSW JP easier

The New South Wales Justice of the Peace website will be upgraded to make it easier for users to find details on when and where a Justice of the Peace (JP) is available and what languages they speak.

Interest-free rental bonds loans in the ACT

The Rental Bond Help online platform has been officially opened, making it easier for individuals and families to access interest free loans for their rental bond in the ACT.

Strength exercises could help older adults get back on their feet

Older adults who participate in strength training may have a better chance of being able to get up independently after they have a fall, new research led by Curtin University has found.

New high blood pressure treatment hope

La Trobe University and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute are leading a major new study into the causes of high blood pressure and have found a possible link with chronic inflammation.

Mobile dental service for vulnerable Canberrans

A new mobile ACT dental clinic will be operational in January 2019, providing better access to dental services for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans.