Spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain - little evidence it'll work

Back pain affects one in four Australians. It’s so common, nearly all of us (about 85%) will have at least one episode at some stage of our lives.

Aged care development for Claremont WA

An innovative development comprising a childcare facility and aged care accommodation is set to be built at LandCorp's Claremont on the Park project in Western Perth.

Custom-made foot orthoses no better than shams

Foot orthoses specifically moulded to help people with plantar heel pain appear to be no more effective than cheaper over-the-counter insoles or other treatments.

Nominations call for Aged Care Quality Awards

Nominations for the aged care 2018 Better Practice Awards open this weekend targetting innovation and excellence.

Inquiry into the compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

The Federal Government has today announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

New handbook on gynaecological cancers in Indigenous women

A new publication from Cancer Australia will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers reduce the impact of gynaecological cancers in their communities by providing women with information and support.

Men and young people more likely to be ageist: study

Men and young people are more likely to be ageist, but few Australians are resolutely ageist in their views, our survey finds. By ageist, we mean having consistently negative attitudes about how older people are or should be.

The Cost of Privilege report shows our tax system is unfair

Anglicare Australia has called on the government to take urgent action on tax breaks and concessions in the next budget.

Telstra misled customers over premium billing charges

The ACCC has commenced proceedings against Telstra, alleging that it made false or misleading representations to consumers in relation to its third-party billing service known as “Premium Direct Billing” (PDB).

Health and social services national summit: Joint Statement on harms from current Australian drug laws

This Joint Statement was issued on Monday 25 March 2018 by health and social service providers and policy leaders who met for a national summit on drug harm reduction at Victoria’s Parliament House on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medications expanded

The Federal Government will reduce the cost of medicines to treat diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma and eye disease with new additions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 April 2018.

Kids creating dementia-friendly communities

The University of South Australia is helping to break through barriers with a new intergenerational dementia education program—called Forget me not.

Macular testing for old eyes

A visionary test available at the University of Canberra is helping researchers focus on eye health in older Australians.

Planning approval for new Aveo $60m Sunshine Coast retirement facility

Set within Harmony, the $3 billion master planned community at Palmview; the 5.4-hectare site will accommodate 138 independent living units, providing homes to more than 200 seniors upon completion.

TAL to refund $900,000 to funeral insurance customers

TAL Direct Pty Ltd (TAL) will offer refunds totalling $900,000 to 1,200 Insuranceline branded funeral insurance customers.

Directors of Storm Financial penalised for breach of duties

The Federal Court has imposed civil penalties of $70,000 each on the directors of Storm Financial, Emmanuel and Julie Cassimatis.

Estia Health commences construction of Southport aged care facility

Southport will see a new $28 million, 110 bed aged care facility, with aged care provider Estia Health officially commencing construction at its development site on Stevens Street.

Senior student embarks on PhD at Bond University

If anyone exemplifies the concept of ‘life-long learning’, it’s Bruce Dwyer.

College education linked to opioid misuse among baby boomers

The more educated a member of the baby boomer generation, the more likely they are to misuse prescription opioids, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.

Tai chi for managing fibromyalgia pain

The ancient martial art of tai chi has similar or greater benefits than aerobic exercise for people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia.

Low back pain burden – a consequence of medical negligence

The current use of X-rays and scans, opioids, injections and surgery to investigate and treat lower back pain conditions are useless, unnecessary and harmful.