Investigation of aged care residents deaths in Townsville

Nurses have been sacked and a doctor reported after the suspicious deaths of five residents at the Queensland Baptist, Carinity Fairfield Grange nursing home in Townsville.

First patient enrolled in advanced prostate cancer trial

The first of 200 patients has been enrolled via 10 Australian cancer centres on an Australian-first nuclear medicine treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer.

Grants to improve support for people affected by cancer

Cancer Australia will support older Australians and their families, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and young people affected by cancer, through $391,000 in grant funding.

Action needed on elder financial abuse reform

The Australian Bankers’ Association has called on the Federal Government to act now on financial abuse against the elderly and resolve three key issues by Christmas.

WA supports a national plan to combat elder abuse

The Western Australian Government has welcomed the announcement that all Australian Attorneys-General - excluding caretaker mode Tasmania's - will develop a national plan to combat elder abuse.

Light intensity exercise linked to lower death risk in older men

Clocking up just a few minutes at a time of any level of physical activity, including of light intensity, is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Australian Financial Complaints Authority established

ASIC has welcomed the passage through Parliament of the Bill to establish the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA).

New flu vaccines for older Australians

The Australian Government will provide two new flu vaccines to over three million Australians aged 65 years and over – free of charge.

Slow eating speed may be linked to weight loss

Slowing down the speed at which you eat, along with cutting out after dinner snacks and not eating within 2 hours of going to sleep may all help to shed the pounds, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Benzodiazepines will not help low back pain

Australians seeking relief from low back pain are being urged not to use benzodiazepines (minor tranquilisers) as part of their treatment.

Singing study to support people with dementia and their carers

The ‘Remini-Sing’ study is seeking participants with dementia living at home with family carers to examine the effects of therapeutic choirs to stimulate memories, emotions and social connection through music participation.

Positive attitudes about ageing reduce risk of dementia

Research has shown that older persons who have acquired positive beliefs about old age from their surrounding culture are less likely to develop dementia.

Safeguard the future of super

A joint policy report urging vital changes to safeguard the future of Australia’s superannuation system, by industry super fund Vision Super and the John Curtin Research Centre, was launched 14 February in Canberra by Shadow Minister for Finance, Dr Jim Chalmers.

Grants to make WA communities more age-friendly

Western Australian local governments are now able to apply for State Government grants of up to $10,000 to implement projects that make their communities more age-friendly.

Fewer people being referred to fall prevention programs

More than half of older West Australians who reported falling over in the past year did not seek medical assistance.

Insights into Australia’s Chinese population on Chinese New Year

Like the fireworks on Sydney Harbour every 31 December, Chinese New Year is one of the most colourful events on the global calendar.

Improving bacterial management practices in aged care

Protecting senior Australians in residential aged care from the threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria is the aim of two major research projects announced by the Federal Government today.

Senate Inquiry interim report into aged care quality released

A Senate Inquiry into aged care regulatory processes was conducted after failures of care were identified at the Mack and McLeay wards in South Australia’s Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.

Don't friend a scammer this Valentine's Day

The ACCC is warning people to be careful about who they ‘friend’ online this Valentine’s Day with stats showing people are most likely to be preyed upon by dating and romance scammers on social media sites.

Films to highlight the positives of growing older

Short films that change the way we think about ageing are the focus of the Life in Pictures competition as part of the 2018 Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

New PayID payments platform for Australian banking

The launch of the New Payments Platform will transform the banking experience for everyday Australians and put an end to the inconvenience of the three day transaction processing wait.