Caring for elderly Australians in a home-like setting can reduce hospital visits

A new study has found residents with dementia in aged-care facilities that provide a home-like model of care have a better quality of life and fewer hospitalisations than those living in more standard facilities.

More support needed to protect home carers from emotional pressures

Care workers who provide personal and domestic care to older people with dementia in their own homes are at risk of feeling under emotional strain and some don't get as much support as they need.

A touch of kindness works wonders for cancer patients

For those grappling with a disease such as cancer, a kinder approach from medical staff and those around them could go a long way to not only improving their treatment but also helping improve their chances of recovery.

Nurse numbers key to preventable deaths

With more than 25,000 preventable deaths in hospitals around Australia each year, Dr Melanie Underwood has been working to analyse the causes of system failure, finding that nurse numbers are key.

WA calls on Government to better support foster and grand carers

Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk is calling on the Australian Government for more practical support for Western Australia's carers of children living in out-of-home care.

Rural, regional and remote priority for new aged care places

Aged care in rural, regional and remote communities will be prioritised in a new 2018-2019 Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR).

Medication errors common and significant

Medication errors are a common and significant problem, particularly when patients move between healthcare providers according to an article in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber.

How much exercise keeps our brains healthy as we age?

Staying physically active later in life, by doing around an hour and half of moderate aerobic exercise and a couple of strength training sessions per week, can help keep your brain healthy.

Food as medicine: fixing health with a fork

The idea that food has medicinal properties dates to Antiquity but has seen a revival in recent times with an abundance of research, journals, books and conferences devoted to the topic.

National Bowel Cancer Screening reduces the risk of death

Australia’s bowel cancer screening program is effective in reducing the risk of death from the disease, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

Veterans’ advocacy study discussion paper released

PUBLIC submissions are being sought to inform a major study which has commenced to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families.

WA to host Australian masters hockey championships

The State Government has signed a deal to fund the Australian Women's Masters Hockey Championships later this year, and the Australian Men's Masters Hockey Championships in 2019.

Surgical mortality rates

Victoria continues to be one of the safest places in the country to have surgery with continuing low death rates, according to the latest Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) report.

Combining daycare for children and elderly people benefits all generations

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact.

Subsidies to celebrate Queensland Seniors Week

More than 100 seniors groups and organisations from across Queensland will share in $100,000 from the Queensland Government for a range of events and activities to celebrate Seniors Week 2018 from 18 to 26 August.

Nambour Hospital will see $86 million boost

The Queensland Government is investing $86.239 million to redevelop the Nambour General Hospital and grow capacity to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.

More new medicines listed on the PBS

More than half a million Australians with severe breathing difficulties from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to see the listing of a new medicine which significantly improves their lung capacity.

VAST regional satellite television service review

The Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, has today announced a review of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service.

Superannuation system needs to be modernised

'Australia’s $2.6 trillion super system has become an unlucky lottery for many Australian workers and their families.

Grains the new go-to for gut health

A new study shows that - along with garlic, onion and legumes – whole grain wheat and rye may be beneficial in altering the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Protecting older Victorians from elder abuse

Older Victorians will have the respect and dignity they deserve, with new funding in aged care from the Victorian Government.