Loneliness affects all ages

Human beings are social creatures. Feeling like we’re part of a community helps us thrive. But we sometimes have a hard time making and keeping the relationships that sustain us. Connections with others are important for your health.

Heart events placing a $6.8 billion burden on the economy

As more Australians survive heart attacks thanks to improvements in treatment and care, an increasing number of people are living with the burden of heart disease.

Nine out of 10 family dementia carers don’t get enough sleep

More than 90 percent of people caring for a family member with dementia experience poor sleep, according to new research by the University at Buffalo School of Nursing.

Funding for high-tech help to improve dementia care

The Federal Government will allocate $5.3 million to a pilot project to improve care for people living with dementia, with a particular emphasis on using innovative technologies.

Homeless in plain sight – a light on ‘rough sleepers’

On Census night in 2016, around 8,200 Australians were ‘sleeping rough’—living on the streets, sleeping in parks, squatting, staying in cars or living in improvised dwellings.

New guidelines for treatments to prevent stroke and deaths

Australia’s first guidelines for the diagnosis and management of adult patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have been released.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program tender opens

Eligible older Australians will soon have increased support to upskill or transition into new roles and careers.

Removal of the outgoing passenger card

People leaving Australia will no longer need to complete an outgoing passenger card making their departure quicker and easier.

Funding helps Riverland Ethnic Link aged care service

The new Ethnic Link Services centre in Renmark will share in almost $1.5 million in funding from the Federal Government to support Riverland seniors to remain living independently in their own homes.

$5 million for research to improve mental health in the elderly

The Federal Government and beyondblue will provide a total of $5 million for research to help improve mental illness among our older Australia.

Getting the temperature just right helps people with dementia stay cool

Everyone knows how bad it feels when the temperature is uncomfortably hot or cold. For most of us it doesn’t last long as we can take simple steps to get comfortable, such as putting on clothes, opening a window, or switching on a heater.

Coles checkouts to support drought appeal

Coles has pledged to provide $5 million in grants and interest-free loans from its Nurture Fund to help farmers across Australia combat drought.

Commitment to protect My Health Record privacy welcomed

ACOSS welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to make changes to the My Health Records legislation to protect the privacy of people with a My Health Record.

Sport plan for a healthy, active and successful Australia

The Federal Government has today unveiled Sport 2030, a comprehensive plan to reshape the face of Australian sport and build a healthier, more physically active nation.

Poor and elderly Australians let down by ailing primary health system

Primary care services are usually our first point of contact with the health system.

New practitioner service to assist with veteran mental health treatment

A new rural and remote area Practitioner Support Service (PSS) will provide expert advice and consultation to doctors and agencies around Australia who are supporting and treating veterans with mental health issues.

Junior doctor fights abdominal aortic aneurysms

A James Cook University researcher has received funding to investigate an early warning system for a disease that kills approximately 2000 Australians every year.

Five stereotypes about older workers debunked

Legislation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of age was first introduced in the UK in 2006.

Crisis in aged care looming

One in three doctors are planning to cut back or end residential aged care home visits over the next two years - AMA Aged Care Survey 2017.

Health and aged care systems need to work together

LASA today called for all participants in Australia’s aged care and health systems to work collaboratively and constructively in the interests of older Australians.

Free realistic nipple tattooing for breast cancer survivors

Survivors Ink is a not for profit charity organisation, dedicated to providing breast cancer survivors with FREE realistic nipple tattooing, Australia wide.