Do plums pack a positive punch for better health?

An IHMRI study is trialling the benefits of plum juice to protect against age-related diseases.

What do older women want from fashion

Debbie Harry led Blondie in their Pollinator tour last year, fronting the band at the age of 72 wearing Vin and Omi’s range. As well as raising awareness of the need for sustainable design, Harry also challenged ideas about fashion and ageing.

Health Check: how can extreme heat lead to death?

Our climate is becoming hotter. This is our reality. Extreme heat is already responsible for hundreds of deaths every year. It’s a big environmental killer, and deaths from heatwaves in Australian cities are expected to double in the next 40 years.

Chair of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council reappointed

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has today announced the re-appointment of Andrea Coote as Chair of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council, for a three-year term.

I've been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of reproductive age.

Have your say on the quality of aged care workforce

Ensuring the safe, quality care of senior Australians through a skilled and adequate aged care workforce is the aim of a national public consultation program starting today.

Home Care Package Research Report

The Australian Government Department of Health commissioned independent agency AMR to conduct research among home care package clients and service providers in August and September 2017.

Trust your gut instinct when it comes to falling in love online

That’s the message from Griffith University criminologist Dr Jacqueline Drew who’s leading a campaign to warn people about the dangers of romance scams.

Australian first research targets Aboriginal stroke survivors

Helping Aboriginal people live well after stroke is at the heart of a new research project, made possible by a Stroke Foundation grant.

Cervical screening for LGBTIQ people

A new health campaign targeting all LGBTIQ people with a cervix in NSW has been released by NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation, ACON.

Doctors recognising ageing populations tailor-made drugs needs

Australia’s health-savvy ageing population is driving a need for personalised medication according to an expert in the field of compounded medication.

Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.

Fixing pain management could help us solve the opioid crisis

Australia is facing a critical public health issue of poorly managed pain.

Shortage of respite accommodation in aged care homes

Carers Australia is calling on the Government to increase subsidies for respite care in residential aged care facilities so that family and friend carers can take a break from caring when required.

Treating sleep apnoea could reduce dementia risk

Inadequate oxygen levels during sleep can damage the brain and increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, University of Queensland researchers have found.

Social isolation health message fails to cut through

Social isolation has been shown to pose a greater health threat than smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise – but that message is failing to get through to the community.

Making hospitals safer

One in every nine patients who go into hospital in Australia suffers a complication, and if they stay overnight the figure increases to one in four, according to the new Grattan Institute report.

Kindness can make a difference in cancer care - World Cancer Day

Cancer may not be life-ending, but it usually is life-changing. A cancer diagnosis instantaneously turns life upside down for patients and families.

Exercise halves complication rate after lung cancer surgery

Exercising regularly before surgery for lung cancer halves the complication rate afterwards, finds a synthesis of the available published evidence in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Victims scammed via Western Union may get refund

The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 31 May to try to get it back.

Draft Aged Care Quality Standards

The Federal Department of Health has worked with the aged care sector to develop the draft Aged Care Quality Standards which have now been released.