Tasmanian Carer Action Plan report

The Tasmanian Carer Action Plan annual progress report released today shows that results are being achieved.

Melton’s Melbacc respite facility to stay open

The Melbacc respite facility, North-West of Melbourne on which elderly parents caring for adult children with a disability rely, is to stay open after a threatened closure.

NSW Tech Savvy Seniors program expands

Funding is to double for the New South Wales Tech Savvy Seniors program, which provides low cost or free training for seniors in using computers, tablets and smart phones.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program extended to 70 and 74-year-olds

From this 2015, 70 and 74-year-olds will receive free at-home bowel cancer screening kits as the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program widen screening to include additional age groups.

3D printing of bone replacements

A biomedical engineering team based at the University of Sydney has developed a new low cost method for producing bone replacement implants for severely damaged skulls.

Support for severe symptoms of dementia in aged care

The Federal Government has announced an initiative to expand support for aged care residents experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

RBA interest rate drop

At its meeting on 3 February 2015, the Reserve Bank of Australia Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.25 per cent, effective 4 February 2015.

Stitches and craft show Brisbane

One of the nation’s loved travelling shows, The Stitches & Craft Show, is heading to Brisbane for a huge event from 19 to 22 March at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank.

OneShift acquires mature age jobs board Adage

OneShift, the online job network which matches employees with employers, has acquired Australia’s leading mature age jobs board Adage.

Australians losing thousands in super fees

Australians with multiple superannuation accounts could be paying thousands in unnecessary fees every year.

Doctors determining financial capacity of elderly patients

Doctors need improved tools to test the capacity of elderly patients to manage their finances, University of Queensland research shows.

Health funds alliance

Not-for-profit and mutual health funds, making up more than a third of funds in the Australian health insurance market, have joined forces to tackle the ‘big two’ - Medibank Private and BUPA.

Eighty-year-old man assaulted

A man will appear in court over alleged offences including robbery, malicious damage and assault police, after he was arrested in Tamworth on 31 January.

Rebels nominee fined: illegal dog-breeding business uncovered

A man has been issued with fines totalling $12,700 after police found an illegal dog-breeding business while executing a search warrant in Sydney’s west.

Better end-of-life care

Aged care facilities across Australia will receive Federal Government funding to form collaborative links with palliative services to cater for our ageing and diverse population.

Victorian's to access Alzheimer's test drug

A Victorian patient with Alzheimer's disease has become the first in the world to be given a new drug that experts hope will revolutionise treatment for the most common form of dementia.

Caution on driveway dangers urged

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos today joined child accident prevention body, Kidsafe, to emphesise driveway safety.

QLD Hells Angels drug arrest

Queensland detectives from Task Force Maxima executed a search warrant at a Reedy Creek address and located a significant quantity of drugs and weapons.

Information services for older people needed

The National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) will soon shut its doors following the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw funding.

Diet and nutrition essential for mental health

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health.

Both weight loss and weight gain linked with increased fracture risk

Both weight gain and weight loss in older (postmenopausal) women are associated with increased incidence of fracture, but at different anatomical sites, finds a study published in The BMJ this week.