Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry submissions

Submissions to the Senate Committee are available for public review.

Dementia Forum Report released

The Federal Government has released the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum report, highlighting how support for people living with dementia can be improved.

Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

The National Mental Health Commission's has new responsibility to monitor and report on the implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Workout benefits ageing muscles

La Trobe researcher analysed the impact of high intensity training on the muscle health of a group of people aged 68 to 76.

Improving medication safety for people with dementia

A study led by the University of Newcastle received $544,096 in funding to improve the safety and outcomes of people with dementia after they are discharged from hospital.

Australians dying of overdoses of pharmaceutical opioids

In a reversal of the heroin epidemic of the late 90s and early 2000s, older Australians aged 35 to 54 are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose, a new report reveals.

Dementia a research priority for UQ

The University of Queensland has been awarded almost $7.5 million to accelerate improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia.

Resources supporting complex aged-care communication

Linguistic and cultural diversity among nurses and care workers combined with complex patient health profiles among those who depend on their care, are addressed in a recent report.

Animal robots benefit dementia patients

Using animal robots in the care of people with dementia has a modest but significant benefit, a new Griffith University study has revealed.

SA energy discount tender for low income households

More than 180,000 low-income South Australian households will get the opportunity to sign up for a new energy discount offer to reduce the cost of electricity compared to the standing contract price.

QLD retirement Village review long overdue

The Queensland Government’s call for a review of Retirement Village laws has been welcomed by QUT experts as a significant step but they urged the government to proceed with caution.

Small private health insurers lead in satisfaction

New research from shows that the top three private health insurers for customer satisfaction over the year to June 2017 were all small niche players, well ahead of the main funds.

Retirement village reforms for NSW

The NSW Government has introduced a new package of reforms that will make contracts more transparent and provide tools for retirement village residents to compare costs.

Australia’s access to justice to be laid bare

The Law Council of Australia said that countless Australians are being denied access to justice as its national Justice Project moves into the consultation phase.

40,000+ women and over 1,000 events for Women’s Health Week

When it comes to health, many women are great at caring for others but often put themselves last.

So many are depressed because they're expected not to be

Depression is listed as the leading cause of disability worldwide, a standing to which it has progressed steadily over the past 20 years.

$40 million for dementia research projects

The Federal Government is allocating more than $40 million to medical research projects associated with addressing the growing dementia epidemic which is one of the leading causes of death in Australia.

Re-training the brain in pain

Psychologists are working on ways to reduce the brain’s sensitivity to pain, with the aim of improving pain management techniques.

New NT seniors abuse resources

The Northern Territory Government is providing $300,000 for a range of jobs and initiatives that will improve awareness and offer resources for those suffering from elder abuse.

Bank-owned super funds falling short

Independent data on Australia’s superannuation funds shows that the performance gap is widening between not-for-profit industry super funds and for-profit bank-owned super funds.

Queenslanders encouraged to use electricity rebates

Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt is encouraging eligible Queenslanders to make full use of the many concessions and rebates on offer to help with cost-of-living pressures.