1 in 5 assaults of males perpetrated by more than one stranger

A notable number of assaults of males are perpetrated by more than one unknown attacker, new data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

Australian Dementia Network announced

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), a registry and research program will accelerate dementia research in Australia with memory centres and a registry of clinical trial volunteers.

Skills, not just age, affect older drivers’ performance on the road

Testing the motor and cognitive skills of drivers may be a better indicator of risky older drivers than aged-based assessments alone, Curtin University research suggests.

Access to CTC must be improved for bowel cancer patients

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is calling on the Federal Government to improve access to potentially life-saving diagnostic testing for Australian bowel cancer patients.

Applications open for aged care offering

Existing and prospective aged care providers may apply for a share in a record offering of more than 14,200 new aged care places, with a focus on allocations in rural, regional and remote locations.

Funding for older Australians to live at home

The Federal Government will allocate $5.5 billion toward local services to help approximately 800,000 older Australians to live independently at home for longer.

Probiotics can protect the skeletons of older women

For the first time in the world, researchers at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have demonstrated that probiotics, dietary supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the human skeleton.

Unannounced audits of residential aged care homes

A new era of aged care quality and safety compliance begins on 1 July 2018, as unannounced audits are rolled out across Australia’s almost 2,700 residential aged care homes.

Women sitting ducks for frailty

Women who spend more time sitting down as they age are at higher risk of becoming frail, a University of Queensland study has found.

Federal Government disregards true cost of aged care

The release of the Government’s Aged Care Subsidies and Supplements Rates for the coming financial year shows the Federal Government is oblivious to the true cost of providing care to older Australians.

WA regional aged accommodation funding

The Western austrlaian Government is helping to meet the aged accommodation needs of regional Western Australia, awarding $13.1 million to six aged care regional accommodational projects.

Increase to low-income Medicare levy threshold

The Medicare levy low income thresholds for singles, families, seniors and pensioners has increased so that they will continue to be exempt from the levy.

Don’t be put off seeking mental health help when you need it

The National Mental Health Commission said that despite recent criticisms of the mental health system, it is important that anyone needing mental health assistance should not be deterred from seeking help.

SMSF advice needs significant improvement

Around 90% of financial advice on setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) did not comply with relevant laws, a review by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has found.

Mental health first aid for older South Australians

A specialised mental health first aid training course for families and carers living and working with older people has been launched in South Australia.

The Veronicas - Dementia Australia Ambassadors

Internationally-renowned music artists Jessica and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas were named Dementia Australia’s newest Ambassadors at an event at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday.

Reversal of blood thinning treatment knowledge important

Results from a survey in five countries reinforce the importance of patient-physician discussion around the reversal of blood thinning (anticoagulant) treatments in potential emergency situations.

When it comes to childcare, grandparents are the least stressful option

As any mother or father will tell you, being a parent is hard. Being successful at it is highly dependent on the personal and material resources of parents, and the emotional, mental and physical needs of children.

Vertical retirement villages are on the rise, and they're high-tech too

It is no secret people are living longer, thanks to advances in medical technology.

SA Adult Safeguarding Unit to be established

The South Australian State Government has introduced legislation to establish an Adult Safeguarding Unit.

More Australians seeking advance care planning advice

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has reported a 462% surge in calls to their advisory service with more people seeking advice about taking active control of their future health care.