Research leads to psychotropic medication reduction in aged-care facilities

Effective intervention can reduce medication overuse in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), the latest University of Tasmania research shows.

Hidden hunger in Australia worse than first thought

New research has found one in three low- and middle-income Australian families struggle with food insecurity, or a lack of access to sufficient food – with diet quality taking a back seat to simply putting food on the table.

How is frontotemporal dementia different and what are the warning signs?

When most people hear about dementia, they picture older people with memory loss. But not all types of dementia start with memory loss.

Funding fights nursing home - hospital antibiotic resistance

University of Queensland research into antibiotic resistance links between nursing homes and hospitals has received a $1.8 million government funding boost.

Why it makes sense for firms to care for the carers

One in eight employees has informal caring duties at home.

Grandparents caring for children say they need more support

Many Australian carers are grandparents caring for vulnerable relatives living out-of-home and they are not getting the support services they need, according to a research report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Eliminate high blood pressure and halve the impact of stroke

It’s World Hypertension Day and the Stroke Foundation is determined to slash stroke numbers in Australia – with your help.

Omega-6 fats may help prevent cognitive decline

Australian-first research has found eating a diet higher in omega-6 fats to be associated with better cognition in older Australians.

Falls most common cause of hospitalised injury

More Australians are being hospitalised for injuries, with falls and transport crashes remaining the leading cause of injuries.

Dietary fibre flu protection link

It has long been known that a diet rich in fibre improves intestinal health and reduces inflammation in the gut; now a Monash University study shows that fibre can protect against the flu virus.

Review into the ATO’s use of garnishee notices

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced an investigation into the allegations made during the ABC Four Corners program, aired on 9 April 2018, regarding ATO use of garnishee notices.

Ombudsman releases NDIA reviews report

Commonwealth Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe has released a report into the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) handling of reviews of decisions under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

New information tool holds key to solving homelessness crisis

A powerful new tool developed with UNSW is designed to reveal the true extent of homelessness and influence government action to solve the problem.

Consultations on location of new aged care places

Ensuring thousands of new residential aged care places are located where they are most needed is the aim of a national consultation process underway from today 15 May 2018.

Spinal surgery for osteoporosis no better for pain relief than injections

Results do not support surgery as standard pain treatment for osteoporotic fractures.

Fitness tracking devices motivate older Australians

Researchers have found fitness tracking devices worn by older Australians could help promote physical activity and reduce the risk of health issues in older generations.

Rural cancer patients hit with major out-of-pocket expenses

Rural Western Australian cancer patients experience significant out-of-pocket expenses during cancer treatment according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

62% of tax cuts benefits go to highest income earners

Budget proposes Australia’s progressive tax system be overhauled to put majority of workers on the same tax rate.

Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination rates declining

Lung Foundation Australia is calling for proactive community action to address the declining vaccination rates against pneumococcal pneumonia.

Advance care planning road map in aged care

Advance Care Planning Australia has launched an advance care planning guide for aged care providers – the first of its kind in Australia.

Mothering - It takes a village?

Mothering, and grand-mothering, have always been complex. Whether mothers, or not, women have also carried much of the responsibility for caring, within and beyond their families.