IRT Group to acquire Merimbula Home Nursing Service

IRT Group today announced it has reached an agreement with the owners of Merimbula Home Nursing Service (MHNS) on the NSW South Coast to acquire the business.

Chronic wound cases to soar as population ages

People at risk, particularly Australians over the age of 65 – are being urged to seek health care advice about chronic wound symptoms and management during Wound Awareness Week from 15 to 21 July 2018.

Electricity price reduction blueprint

The ACCC’s recommendations to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses are outlined in its final Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry report, released today.

Dementia Australia supports Diabetes Week

Dementia Australia today joins the rest of the country in supporting National Diabetes Week.

Simplifying aged care access and red tape cuts

Aged care access will be simplified and choice made easier, as the federal Government allocates more than $85 million to streamline means testing and improve the My Aged Care system.

Action plan to tackle elder abuse in SA

An Action Plan as been devised to improve responses for older women affected by domestic and family violence in South Australia.

NAIDOC Week - Honouring the service and sacrifice of Indigenous service women

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said today that the 2018NAIDOC Week theme of ‘because of her, we can’, is the perfect opportunity to recognise the service and sacrifice of Indigenous women who have served the country in uniform.

Failure to detect type 2 diabetes early costing physically and financially

Diabetes Australia has warned that failure to implement a comprehensive national type 2 diabetes early detection program could be costing the Australian health system more than $700 million each year.

Sleep disorder linked to brain changes seen in dementia

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, University of Sydney research reveals.

Emergency care project for elderly to be duplicated

A fast-tracked emergency department program for elderly patients co-developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is now being rolled out in Cairns and Ipswich.

Researchers call for stigma reduction to meet aged care employment demand

A new report on the future of the aged care sector has called for a public awareness strategy to reduce discrimination and stigma related to ageing and care work.

Let’s dance: helping people living with Parkinson’s

QUT researchers have found that for people living with Parkinson’s disease, dance improves walking, emotional wellbeing, and capacity to tackle cognitive challenges.

People Plus Technology a promising home care combination

An Australian-first home-based treatment trial that includes holographic virtual doctors, promises to reduce hospitalisation and help older people remain living independently for longer.

Free therapeutic activities for Brisbane locals living with dementia

Dementia Australia invites Brisbane locals living with dementia and their carers to attend free Therapeutic Activity Groups to help encourage social interaction and build connections.

Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health amalgamate

Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health have announces the official amalgamation of their two organisations as of 1 July 2018.

Age pension application process needs major overhaul

The Centrelink application process for the Age Pension needs an urgent overhaul, according to an advocacy group for older Australians.

More than one in six consumers struggling with credit card debt

ASIC's review into credit card lending in Australia has found that 18.5% of consumers are struggling with credit card debt.

1 in 5 assaults of males perpetrated by more than one stranger

A notable number of assaults of males are perpetrated by more than one unknown attacker, new data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

Australian Dementia Network announced

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), a registry and research program will accelerate dementia research in Australia with memory centres and a registry of clinical trial volunteers.

Skills, not just age, affect older drivers’ performance on the road

Testing the motor and cognitive skills of drivers may be a better indicator of risky older drivers than aged-based assessments alone, Curtin University research suggests.

Access to CTC must be improved for bowel cancer patients

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is calling on the Federal Government to improve access to potentially life-saving diagnostic testing for Australian bowel cancer patients.