Surgery and medication not always the answer for Osteoarthritis

New guidelines released by the RACGP advise that surgery should be considered as the last resort for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and that exercise is the most effective treatment.

WA Seniors Awards announce two new categories as nominations open

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is calling for nominations for the WA Seniors Awards 2018.

Life insurance cancellation rates high with poor claims outcomes

ASIC’s review of direct life insurance sales has found that sales practices and product design are leading to poor consumer outcomes.

More Men’s Sheds for Victorians

The Victorian Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men to work together and contribute to their local community.

Only 25% of hip fracture patients leave hospital with osteoporosis treatment

ANZHFR based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), released its 2018 Annual Report on 30 August, with a call for hospitals to make osteoporosis plans a priority for patients after a hip fracture.

ASIC review of reverse mortgage lending

A review by ASIC has found that reverse mortgages are allowing older Australians to achieve their immediate financial goals – improving their lifestyles in retirement – but longer-term challenges exist.

Partnership on mature age employment

The Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment - chaired by Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson AO - has begun discussions on how to reduce workplace age discrimination.

Scammers wanting access to your computer and bank account

Scammers are increasingly catching out people by impersonating well-known businesses or the police so they can get access to computers and steal money or banking information.

New program to help cooking for one or two

For some – particularly older Australians who are accustomed to cooking for a household of several – adapting to cooking for only one or two can take training.

Call for applications for flexible aged care places

Multi-purpose services in small rural and remote communities are encouraged to apply for new flexible aged care places under an allocations round opening today.

Morrison Ministry

The newly appointed Prime Minister of Australia announced, on 26 August 2018, his intention to recommend to the Governor-General, the following Ministry.

Calls to elevate Minister for Aged Care to Cabinet

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) congratulates Scott Morrison on his appointment as Prime Minister and calls for a dedicated Minister for Ageing and Aged Care in the Cabinet.

Better Practice Awards celebrate excellence in aged care

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has congratulated the winners of this year’s Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Better Practice Awards.

Cooked chooks driving Meals on Wheels to national record

In celebration of National Meals on Wheels Day on 29 August, Meals on Wheels services across Queensland will attempt to beat the National Record for the most community meals produced in five hours.

Scottish cyclist prepares to ride from Brisbane to Adelaide

Sixty-five year old Scottish cyclist Steve Taylor will kick off a ride of 2,222km on Friday 24 August for the Ride2Cure Neuroblastoma tour.

Speak My Language radio for multicultural older Australians

Older Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds will benefit from increased access to aged care information, with the launch of the Speak My Language radio project, funded by $1 million from the Federal Government.

Dying elderly need comforting, not rescuing

Elderly people near the end of their lives are receiving hospital treatment that is too aggressive, a UNSW-led study has found.

Funding for Neighbourhood Hubs

Local community support and friendship organisation will be supported after a small $42,000 grant from the Federal Government.

With millions taking multiple medicines - need to be medicinewise

A new survey into the medicine-taking habits of Australians estimates more than 9 million people take a prescribed medicine every day, with 8 million taking two or more prescribed medicines in a week.

No Jab, No Pay action urged to prevent payments being cut

Parents are running out of time to vaccinate their children if they want to avoid having their family support payments cut under the Turnbull Government’s tough No Jab, No Pay rules.

Hospital accreditation system needs an overhaul

Once a year, inspectors visit hospitals across the country to assess their performance on a range of measures, from medication safety to consumer engagement. But it’s not a secret shopper-type scenario.