SA Mental Health Minister expedites ward closure

Mental Health Minister has instructed the Chief Executive of SA Health to expedite the closure of the Makk and McLeay wards at Oakden following further reports of unnecessary force being used on residents.

Seniors appointed to new NT advisory council

Eight seniors have been selected from across the Northern Territory for the new Minister’s Advisory Council for Senior Territorians (MACST).

Three reasons to leave earwax alone

Can you think of something you do that’s nearly irresistible, widely popular, but a bad idea that’s based on a health myth? That’s right, I’m talking about inserting cotton-tipped swabs into your ears.

Renovations more popular with home owners

New data has revealed that homeowners are increasingly taking out loans for renovations.

Our sunburnt country needs a dose of the sunshine vitamin

New research shows vitamin D deficiency is rife in sunny Australia, prompting dietitians to encourage Aussies to couple safe sun exposure with a healthy ‘dose’ of nutrient-rich foods containing vitamin D.

Check today is your blood pressure OK

Today marks World Hypertension Day and local residents are being urged to know their blood pressure and take action to protect themselves from stroke.

Pensioners being priced out of rental

According to the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on 17 May 2017, rental affordability dropped over the last quarter in all metropolitan areas, except Perth.

Better end-of-life care in regional VIC

The Victorian Government is facilitating people in regional areas accessing quality and compassionate end-of-life care, closer to home.

Treatment in hospital by older doctors linked to higher death rates

Patients in US hospitals treated by older physicians have higher mortality than patients cared for by younger physicians, except those physicians treating high volumes of patients.

Cardless Cash con

CHOICE warns against using Cardless Cash when purchasing products through Gumtree after a student was scammed into buying a fraudulent ticket to the Groovin the Moo music festival using the service. [1]

Review of Community Visitors Scheme

The final report of the review into the Australian Government’s Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) was released today by the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt.

ASIC warns about investment scams

During Consumer Fraud Week 2017, ASIC is reminding Australians to protect themselves against investment scams.

More call centre operators for Centrelink

The Federal Budget will provide 250 new Australian jobs to answer more phone calls into Centrelink. This will help reduce call wait times and improve the delivery of  services.

Heightened risk of heart attacks with common painkillers

Doctors and patients urged to weigh the risks and benefits of ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, and naproxen because of a heightened risk of heart attack.

More older people in the workforce would boost GDP – but it's a hard ask

There's a budget imperative most observers have taken their eye off: the fiscal fallout from an ageing population.

Sound waves enhance deep sleep and memory

Pink noise synced to brain waves deepens sleep and boosts memory in older adults.

Narrative journaling may help heart's health post-divorce

Participants asked to write the story of their divorce, rather than just document their feelings about it, saw an improvement in cardiovascular health.

What science tells us about successful ageing

There have been some noteworthy examples of successful human ageing in the press recently. It was announced that Prince Phillip will be retiring from royal duties in the autumn, at the age of 96.

International Nurses Day 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says today’s International Nurses Day (IND) is a chance for the whole community to applaud the contribution nurses make to the Australian health system.

Senate reports on prostheses price regulation

Consumers are set to benefit with a Senate Inquiry today recommending a number of important reforms to address the high cost of prostheses.

Beware of parasites in raw/undercooked fish, warn doctors

An unseen hazard with eating raw or undercooked fish/seafood is on the rise in Western countries, where dishes, such as sushi, are becoming increasingly popular, warn doctors today in BMJ Case Reports.