Medication errors common and significant

Medication errors are a common and significant problem, particularly when patients move between healthcare providers according to an article in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber.

How much exercise keeps our brains healthy as we age?

Staying physically active later in life, by doing around an hour and half of moderate aerobic exercise and a couple of strength training sessions per week, can help keep your brain healthy.

Food as medicine: fixing health with a fork

The idea that food has medicinal properties dates to Antiquity but has seen a revival in recent times with an abundance of research, journals, books and conferences devoted to the topic.

National Bowel Cancer Screening reduces the risk of death

Australia’s bowel cancer screening program is effective in reducing the risk of death from the disease, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

Veterans’ advocacy study discussion paper released

PUBLIC submissions are being sought to inform a major study which has commenced to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families.

WA to host Australian masters hockey championships

The State Government has signed a deal to fund the Australian Women's Masters Hockey Championships later this year, and the Australian Men's Masters Hockey Championships in 2019.

Surgical mortality rates

Victoria continues to be one of the safest places in the country to have surgery with continuing low death rates, according to the latest Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) report.

Combining daycare for children and elderly people benefits all generations

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact.

Subsidies to celebrate Queensland Seniors Week

More than 100 seniors groups and organisations from across Queensland will share in $100,000 from the Queensland Government for a range of events and activities to celebrate Seniors Week 2018 from 18 to 26 August.

Nambour Hospital will see $86 million boost

The Queensland Government is investing $86.239 million to redevelop the Nambour General Hospital and grow capacity to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.

More new medicines listed on the PBS

More than half a million Australians with severe breathing difficulties from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to see the listing of a new medicine which significantly improves their lung capacity.

VAST regional satellite television service review

The Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, has today announced a review of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service.

Superannuation system needs to be modernised

'Australia’s $2.6 trillion super system has become an unlucky lottery for many Australian workers and their families.

Grains the new go-to for gut health

A new study shows that - along with garlic, onion and legumes – whole grain wheat and rye may be beneficial in altering the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Protecting older Victorians from elder abuse

Older Victorians will have the respect and dignity they deserve, with new funding in aged care from the Victorian Government.

Loneliness is a health issue, and needs targeted solutions

The Australian government announced in the 2018 budget $46 million towards the community visitors scheme which is designed to reduce loneliness in older adults.

Bankruptcy facing patients paying medical bills?

The vote at the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting on 26 May 2018 to condemn doctors charging huge copayments should shake the Government to address this major problem with our health system.

Indigenous service honoured during reconciliation week

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week new research is offering fresh insights into the personal experiences and challenges of Indigenous Australians during the First World War.

Tackling non-payment of workers’ superannuation

The Australian Government is continuing to take action to ensure Australian workers are paid the superannuation entitlements that they are owed.

Prepaid funeral protections in WA

The Western Australian State Government is set to tighten regulations in the multimillion dollar prepaid funeral industry to safeguard seniors and their families from fund mismanagement.

Silver Alert system for missing dementia sufferers

The tendency of people with dementia to wander and become lost has led QUT researchers to recommend a ‘Silver Alert’ system.