New technology-enabled home opens for people with an intellectual disability

St John of God Accord, a support and accommodation provider for people with an intellectual disability, has opened its new industry leading technology-enabled home for people with a complex intellectual disability.

Yogurt may help to lower pre-cancerous bowel growth risk in men

Eating two or more weekly servings of yogurt may help to lower the risk of developing the abnormal growths (adenomas) which precede the development of bowel cancer--at least in men.

Women’s awareness of alcohol’s role in breast cancer risk is poor

Women’s awareness of alcohol’s role in boosting breast cancer risk is poor, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Lifting the lid on a hidden cancer

Bladder cancer is a painful and sometimes life-threatening condition that patients can find difficult to talk about, with many becoming homebound as they cope with debilitating side effects such as incontinence.

Monthly average losses to NBN scams almost triple in 2019

Australians are losing more money to NBN scams, with reported losses in 2019 already higher than the total of last year’s losses.

Betting on races attracts older gamblers than sports betting

New research from Roy Morgan shows 1.8 million Australians aged 18+ place bets in an average three months.

Osteoporosis underdiagnosis in aged care is putting lives at risk

Macquarie University research shows that significant underreporting of osteoporosis in Australian residential aged care facilities points to an epidemic of underdiagnosis which is leading to increased risk of fractures and potential fatal falls.

Artificial Intelligence and assistive technologies to support dementia care

Assistive robots and monitoring devices could help solve the world’s growing dementia crisis according to a Griffith University health expert.

Ageing population increases energy use

New research links two of the biggest drivers of global change today: the population’s rapid ageing and the planet’s rising heat.

Royal Commission Broome hearing: access to aged care and inclusion

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Broome from Monday 17 June 2019 to Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Chronic liver disease on the rise in Queensland

A new study has found a significant increase in the number of Queenslanders being admitted to hospital for treatment of chronic liver disease, and the rates are highest among the state’s most disadvantaged.

National research plan leads the way to dementia cure and care

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and is one of our greatest health challenges.

Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer’s disease

Virtual reality (VR) can identify early Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently in use, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge.

Appointment of National Relay Service provider

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) welcomed the Federal Government’s appointment of a service provider for the National Relay Service (NRS).

More people are retiring with high mortgage debts

The number of mature age Australians carrying mortgage debt into retirement is soaring. And on average each mature age Australian with a mortgage debt owes much more relative to their income than 25 years ago.

Loneliness looms for rising numbers of older private renters

Loneliness is increasingly recognised worldwide as a critical social issue and one of the major health hazards of our time. Our research shows older private renters are at high risk of loneliness and anxiety.

Home care health workers frequently verbally abused

Home care (domiciliary) health workers are frequently verbally abused by clients and their families, finds research published online in UK Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

'Night owls' can retrain body clock to improve health and performance

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ – people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – could lead to a significant advance in sleep/wake timings, a decrease in depression and stress, improved performance in the mornings and better eating habits.

The impact of an ageing population in Australia

There’s an issue on the horizon that Australia needs to prepare for. The portion of elderly pepole who make up the overall population is increasing, and we might not have the infrastructure in place to support them.

People 95+ have greater life satisfaction than younger people

Researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have explored the level of life satisfaction of near centenarians and centenarians to gain better understanding of ways to enhance the wellbeing of people with exceptional longevity.

Social care crisis is letting down professional carers too

I started as a care worker in August 2012, a year after a BBC Panorama documentary exposing abuse at Winterbourne View sent shock waves through the social care system.