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.

Self-managed care improves perceived health among the 60+

Older Australians living with multiple chronic diseases perceive their health to be better after receiving chronic disease self-management support.

For some people dying alone is not such a bad thing

It seems so obvious that no one should die alone that we never talk about it, but people do often die when they are alone.

Breathing training before surgery prevents postoperative pneumonia

Pneumonia, and other serious lung complications, after major abdominal surgery were halved when patients were seen by a physiotherapist before surgery and taught breathing exercises.

Gender, education and class impact retirement

Researchers have found that raising your level of education and skills during your working life are key factors in determining your quality of life in retirement and older age.

innovAGEING to accelerate aged care innovation

The Federal Government will contribute $400,000 over the next two years to innovAGEING, a partnership to drive innovation across Australia’s rapidly growing aged care services industry.

Australia’s inequality crisis: Oxfam paper

A record number of Australian billionaires amassed $38 billion increase in their wealth last financial year – an Oxfam Australia briefing paper has revealed.

Scientist debunks popular myths about sex and brain power with ageing

Facts about ageing depict people as becoming less capable, less vibrant, less sexual and less fulfilled - do the "facts" stand up?