Making hospitals safer

One in every nine patients who go into hospital in Australia suffers a complication, and if they stay overnight the figure increases to one in four, according to the new Grattan Institute report.

Kindness can make a difference in cancer care - World Cancer Day

Cancer may not be life-ending, but it usually is life-changing. A cancer diagnosis instantaneously turns life upside down for patients and families.

Exercise halves complication rate after lung cancer surgery

Exercising regularly before surgery for lung cancer halves the complication rate afterwards, finds a synthesis of the available published evidence in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Victims scammed via Western Union may get refund

The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 31 May to try to get it back.

Draft Aged Care Quality Standards

The Federal Department of Health has worked with the aged care sector to develop the draft Aged Care Quality Standards which have now been released.

New accreditation scheme for retirement living industry

The Property Council of Australia and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) are partnering to deliver a renewed accreditation scheme for the retirement living industry.

New research project to help tackle chronic pain

The Australian Government is providing $10 million for new research projects that focus on preventing disease and keeping people out of hospital.

Blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists from Japan and Australia have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease, with the potential to massively ramp up the pace of Alzheimer’s disease drug trials.

Sunscreen use could cut melanoma by a third

Regular sunscreen use by all Australians could drive down the burden of melanoma by up to 34 per cent by the year 2031, according to a study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

My Health Record to bring safer medical care

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians, especially senior Australians, to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record, for secure, safer, more convenient care.

Aboriginal Victorians have their say on Closing The Gap

Aboriginal Victorians from across the state will have their say on the refresh of the national Closing the Gap agenda and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework.

Recommendations on genetic testing for ovarian cancer

A new position statement from Cancer Australia recommends that all women diagnosed with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer be offered assessment of their genetic risk, regardless of their age or family history.

Cause of death patterns and people’s use of aged care

AIHW has produced a first report on the causes of death among older Australians who used aged care services between 2012 and 2014.

Free dementia education sessions in Lockyer Valley

Are you worried about your memory? Do you know someone living with dementia? Dementia Australia is holding free sessions for QLD Lockyer Valley residents affected by dementia.

Diabetes doubles risk of sudden, unexpected heart death

The 1.5 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer a sudden cardiac death, where the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops working, compared to those without the condition, according to a new report.

Australia's largest online shopping centre opens

With more than 30,000 stores, the Aussie Mega Mall boasts the largest shopping centre in Australia.

SA website for alcohol and other drug treatment and support

A new website providing South Australians with a one-stop online portal to access information about alcohol and other drug treatment and support services has gone live.

Grants to give WA bike riding a go

Western Australia's Bike Week 2018 is set to be one of the most diverse and exciting to date, with grants totalling $30,000 being awarded to 38 recipients to hold events encouraging people of all ages to get on their bikes.

More legal assistance for Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Government has announced that the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania (LACT) will receive two grants totalling $700,000 that will benefit Tasmanians.

NDIS gaps for people living with mental illness

Many will be left without appropriate mental health support in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Get physical for healthy ageing

New Federal Government funded research highlights the crucial role of structured physical exercise and building strength in improving the health, independence and quality of life of senior Australians.