Better staffing will fix the crisis in aged care

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling for mandatory minimum staffing ratios and skills mix in aged care facilities.

Multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea lands in Australia

Two cases of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea have been recently detected in Australia. One case was diagnosed in Western Australia and a second case diagnosed in Queensland.

New pharmaceutical listings on the PBS

From 1 May 2018, classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients will no longer pay over $200,000 per course of treatment, now paying a maximum of $39.50 per script or $6.40 for concessional patients.

Six things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia

An ageing population is leading to a growing number of people living with dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms including memory impairment, confusion, and loss of ability to carry out everyday activities.

Do you really need private health insurance?

Every year at the end of March and early in April, the 11 million Australians who have private health insurance receive notification that premiums are increasing.

Textured insoles trialled for balance and falls prevention

QUT researchers are investigating whether textured foam insoles they have designed are effective in improving balance, walking, and reducing falls among older Australians, including those with Parkinson’s disease.

Drug loss when pills are crushed - study

Nearly a quarter of a drug can be lost when pills are crushed to allow for easier swallowing according to a new study conducted by a team of pharmacy researchers.

Advance Care Planning Week

Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week begins today, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families.

Tokyo Declaration on Patient Safety

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 3 million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented.

Funding for Men’s Sheds

The Australian Government is providing funding to 90 Men’s Sheds across the country to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of Australian men.

Social isolation puts elderly at health risk

One in five elderly adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality.

Is Alzheimer's caused by disruptions to the brain's energy supply?

It is well known that Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, involves the accumulation of sticky proteins (plaques and tangles) in the brain. But we still don’t know what the root cause of the disease is.

Hackathon to decode solutions to help the aged care crisis

The University of Newcastle will invite innovators, problem solvers, tech heads and designers to create technical solutions to help alleviate the world’s ageing population crisis at the New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care.

Project to curb medication errors and adverse drug reactions

The University of South Australia will play a key role in a new $200 million cooperative research centre to improve the health of Australians using digital technology.

Dance brightens healthier ageing

Queensland Ballet and QUT have released the results of a joint project examining the health and wellbeing benefits of ballet for older Australians.

Abuse tactics fraudsters use to break hearts and wallets of those looking online for love

The techniques used by fraudsters in online romance scams are similar to those found in domestic violence cases, according to our research published in the British Journal of Criminology last month.

Physical exercise reduces risk of developing diabetes

Researchers have found that higher levels of Leisure-time Physical Activity (LTPA), such as walking, jogging or running, are linked to a lower risk of diabetes in high-risk individuals.

Fasting diets reduce risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Intermittent energy restriction diets such as the 5:2 diet clears fat from the blood quicker after eating meals compared with daily calorie restriction diets.

Barriers to GPs visiting residential aged care facilities

Doctors enjoy providing care for aged-care facility patients but frustrated by system deficiencies.

Gum disease having devastating impact on general health

A new report has revealed that the number of people affected by tooth decay and gum disease is having a widespread and devastating impact not only on patients mouths but also on their general health and wellbeing, particularly in the older population.

Better post-hospital care needed for nursing home residents

A REAP intervention for nursing home residents following hospital discharge has resulted in almost two thirds fewer hospital readmissions.