Big pharma could be influencing your healthcare

Call to rid professional education of commercial sponsorship, as analysis of industry-funded events suggests a link between pharmaceutical marketing and the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of certain conditions.

Parents and carers urged to look before locking cars

The Victorian Government is launching a new campaign to warn parents and child carers about the risk of accidentally leaving their child in a car due to short term memory failure.

Aged care peak body says food claims are misleading

LASA has hit back at media reports today comparing the amount of money spent on food for prisoners and pets with aged care residents.

End of life conversations imperative to inform care

The majority of cancer patients nearing the end of their life prefer to do so in the location of their choice, however new research shows only seven per cent are having this conversation with their doctor.

USC seeks over 60s to test phone app to prevent frailty

Sunshine Coast residents over 60 years of age are needed for a USC trial of a new mobile phone app designed to assess the risk of people becoming frail and provide interventions to reduce this risk.

Do plums pack a positive punch for better health?

An IHMRI study is trialling the benefits of plum juice to protect against age-related diseases.

What do older women want from fashion

Debbie Harry led Blondie in their Pollinator tour last year, fronting the band at the age of 72 wearing Vin and Omi’s range. As well as raising awareness of the need for sustainable design, Harry also challenged ideas about fashion and ageing.

Health Check: how can extreme heat lead to death?

Our climate is becoming hotter. This is our reality. Extreme heat is already responsible for hundreds of deaths every year. It’s a big environmental killer, and deaths from heatwaves in Australian cities are expected to double in the next 40 years.

Chair of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council reappointed

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has today announced the re-appointment of Andrea Coote as Chair of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council, for a three-year term.

I've been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of reproductive age.

Have your say on the quality of aged care workforce

Ensuring the safe, quality care of senior Australians through a skilled and adequate aged care workforce is the aim of a national public consultation program starting today.

Home Care Package Research Report

The Australian Government Department of Health commissioned independent agency AMR to conduct research among home care package clients and service providers in August and September 2017.

Trust your gut instinct when it comes to falling in love online

That’s the message from Griffith University criminologist Dr Jacqueline Drew who’s leading a campaign to warn people about the dangers of romance scams.

Australian first research targets Aboriginal stroke survivors

Helping Aboriginal people live well after stroke is at the heart of a new research project, made possible by a Stroke Foundation grant.

Cervical screening for LGBTIQ people

A new health campaign targeting all LGBTIQ people with a cervix in NSW has been released by NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation, ACON.

Doctors recognising ageing populations tailor-made drugs needs

Australia’s health-savvy ageing population is driving a need for personalised medication according to an expert in the field of compounded medication.

Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.

Fixing pain management could help us solve the opioid crisis

Australia is facing a critical public health issue of poorly managed pain.

Shortage of respite accommodation in aged care homes

Carers Australia is calling on the Government to increase subsidies for respite care in residential aged care facilities so that family and friend carers can take a break from caring when required.

Treating sleep apnoea could reduce dementia risk

Inadequate oxygen levels during sleep can damage the brain and increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, University of Queensland researchers have found.

Social isolation health message fails to cut through

Social isolation has been shown to pose a greater health threat than smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise – but that message is failing to get through to the community.