Transforming aged care must start with improving wages and conditions

New HESTA aged care workforce research reveals we risk missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the skilled workforce needed to meet future demand if there is not an adequate national effort to improve wages and conditions in the sector.

Elder abuse – an age-old crime fuelled by greed

The most common forms of elder abuse are psychological and financial, it’s not new and we will never know the full extent of this criminal activity.

Aged care Budget cash splash, but where’s the transparency?

The 2021 Budget allocation for aged care goes some way to address the issues in the industry identified in the Aged Care Royal Commission, but glaring shortcomings remain.

Support for nurses in aged care

This International Nurses Day, 12 May 2021, LASA is supporting extra nurses in aged care and a workforce program to attract and retain nursing talent in the industry.

New WHO report to bolster global action to prevent shocking rates of falls

A new technical report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) will reduce suffering and loss that result from falls.

New study to shed light on surveillance cameras in aged care

A new Edith Cowan University project will investigate how security cameras could be used to improve patient safety in aged care homes.

How 103,000 heart attacks, strokes and deaths could be prevented by 2026

A staggering 103,137 heart attacks, strokes and heart disease deaths could be avoided over the next five years if all Australians at high risk were on necessary medications, a new report reveals.

Australian businesses still reluctant to recruit older workers

New research published by the Australian HR Institute, together with the Commission, shows almost half of Australian businesses say they are reluctant to recruit older workers.

End-of-life crisis looms for older Australians without advance care planning

A new national study found that 70% of Australians aged 65+ are sidestepping the opportunity to control their end-of-life care, with men less likely to plan than women.

Most Aussies say things look dire for when they retire

A majority of Australians think the age pension should be increased, while most Australians who aren't retired think they won't have enough money when they do.

Move more to manage pain

New research reveals Australians are letting pain impact their daily life before seeking support from an allied health professional.

ANMF national aged care campaign: ‘It’s not too much’

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has launched its new national campaign aimed at ensuring that aged care is a priority in the upcoming 2021 Budget.

NDIS and aged care: call for better model of care for older Australians

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), has released a report comparing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the aged care system.

Hard of hearing and elderly Aussies at greatest risk of fatal fires

At least one Australian dies from residential fires each week, with people aged over 65 accounting for over a third (36%) of all fatalities.

Competition isn’t improving the aged care sector

In Australia, competition and consumer choice have been key components in aged care reforms since the 2011 Productivity Commission Report.

Aussies avoiding what matters most in last stage of life

Experts are issuing a public health plea for improved communication, acceptance and preparation for last stage of life.

Empowering older Australians in cancer treatment decisions

A new resource is empowering older Australians living with cancer to discuss and prioritise their needs when making decisions about treatment and care.

Fewer dementia deaths during first 10 months of COVID-19 pandemic

The age-standardised death rate of Australians with dementia fell during the first 10 months of 2020.

Reduce frailty and improve mental health by connecting older Australians and preschoolers

In an Australian first, scientists have begun a pilot trial bringing together older adults and preschoolers to assess the mutual health benefits of intergenerational activity, such as reducing frailty and depression.

ACT elder abuse laws to safeguard the vulnerable

People who commit financial elder abuse in the Australian Capital Territory could face jail of up to three years, as part of new laws coming into effect 19 April 2021 covering abuse against vulnerable people.

Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren't left behind

Disasters like flooding can worsen social inequalities around health and housing. For people with disability, however, the effect can be especially profound.