New Short-Term Restorative Care places

More than 5,000 seniors will benefit from specialised care programs to help them continue living independently at home, after a Federal Government allocation of 775 new Short-Term Restorative Care places.

Higher rates of disease and death among the disadvantaged

Social factors play an important role in a person’s likelihood of developing and dying from certain chronic diseases, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Red Cross urges people to seek help in North Queensland flood emergency

As the flood emergency continues in north Queensland, Red Cross is encouraging affected communities to access a range of advice and resources from its website to help cope with the threat of rising water levels.

Penalties for sham contracting underpayments to care workers

Two labour-hire companies that provided workers to a major home care company in Adelaide have been penalised more than $200,000 over a sham contracting scheme and underpayments to workers.

Increased choice in elder care? – neoliberal policies make it difficult

We can all agree that older people should have the choice to stay at home, and be cared for there, if that is what they wish to do.

Sleep deprivation accelerates Alzheimer’s brain damage

Poor sleep has long been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers have understood little about how sleep disruptions drive the disease.

Poor sleep and heart-related death

Elderly men who experience extended episodes of interrupted breathing while asleep have a high risk of heart problems.

Junk food diet linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Women who eat a diet filled with unhealthy junk food have higher rates of the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein beta-amyloid in their brains - putting them at greater risk of developing dementia.

Boomer ‘risky’ drinking habits rise

More older Australians are drinking at “risky levels” as the Baby Boomer generation ages, Flinders researchers warn.

Drinks and your medicines may be a dangerous cocktail

NPS MedicineWise is reminding people that alcohol and medicines can be a dangerous cocktail. Some medicines can react badly with alcohol, resulting in a type of hangover you weren’t counting on.

Getting older Australians more active

Twenty-seven organisations will share almost $23 million of Federal funding aimed at getting millions of older Australians moving more often.

Not all apps will help you reach your wellbeing goals

Australians are being urged to exercise caution when downloading health and wellbeing apps with new research from VicHealth and Deakin University finding most apps don’t have the features that will help you be healthier.

Fried food linked to heightened risk of death among older women

Regularly eating fried food is linked with a heightened risk of death from any cause and heart-related death, among postmenopausal women, finds a US study.

Haemochromatosis linked to more disease

The most common genetic disorder in people from northern Europe is associated with substantially higher levels of disease than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat.

Reducing out of pocket health costs - better population health

Reducing user charges is associated with improved health outcomes in low and middle-income countries, new research has found.

Health bodies recommend new approach to sunscreen use

The peak bodies responsible for sun safety advice in Australia and New Zealand have adopted a new policy on sunscreen use, recommending that people apply it daily as part of a regular morning routine.

2019 Australian of the year awards announced

Cave-diving medics who helped save a boys’ soccer team in Thailand, parents fighting childhood bullying after the loss of their daughter, a paediatrician advocating for the prevention of child abuse and a musician inspiring indigenous youth while keeping Yolngu Matha language alive through rap have been announced as the 2019 Australians of the Year.

Medicines for the treatment of psoriasis listed on the PBS

The Minister for Health, Mr Greg Hunt has announced that two new medicines for the treatment of psoriasis will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on 1 February 2018.

Migrant grandparents to fill childcare gap, but at what cost?

The new visa allowing migrant parents to bring their own parents to Australia to provide childcare support has dangers for families, write Angela Kintominas and Myra Hamilton.

Cultural safety training for nurses and midwives

An online cultural safety training course for nurses and midwives delivering frontline care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is to be produced.

Franking credits inquiry - Merimbula and Sydney public hearings

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will hold public hearings in Merimbula, Chatswood and Bondi Junction, New South Wales, for its inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits.