Marrakesh Treaty helps vision impaired to access books

Australia has joined an international treaty that will help an estimated 285 million people with vision impairment worldwide enjoy greater access to books and overcome copyright barriers.

Updated online service to help non-English speakers find interpreters

Non-English speakers can find information about how to access interpreting services in Australia more easily with theupdated TIS National’s website.

Being happy won't make you live longer

A new study has challenged the widespread, but mistaken, notion that unhappiness and stress cause ill health and found that being happy won't make you live longer.

'No-drill' dentistry stops tooth decay

Tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional 'fill and drill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades.

Ten tips to keep you mosquito free this summer

Summer is here and so are mosquitoes. There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to beating the bite of backyard mosquitoes.

Support for aged care in rural and remote communities

The Commonwealth today announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative.

Credit reporting systems change

The Australian Retail Credit Association Ltd (ARCA) has been authorised by the ACCC to exchange comprehensive consumer credit data between signatory credit reporting bodies and lenders.

Questions raised over aged care workforce programmes

More-than-half of all taxpayer-funded aged care workforce programmes have never had their performance reviewed or evaluated.

Long nights and lazy days could send you to an early grave

Sleeping more than nine hours a night, and sitting too much during the day could be a hazardous combination, particularly when added to a lack of exercise.

Career check-up for mature workers

A new pilot programme to help mature workers plan the next stage of their careers has been launched.

Better monitoring needed for men foregoing aggressive prostate cancer treatment

UCLA study finds most patients who choose “active surveillance” don’t follow up with tests and office visits.

Genes that delay Alzheimer's Disease isolated

Scientists have identified a network of nine genes that play a key role in the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

Study focuses on quality of life of people with dementia

Quality of life for people with dementia living in long-term care is often negatively impacted due to low levels of activity participation.

New veterans’ eLearning programs to improve health care

A new posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eLearning program for mental health providers will help improve treatment for former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.

Australia still pumping out 1% of world CO2 emissions

In the shadow of the Paris Climate Talks Australia has still not reduced carbon dioxide emissions substantively and remains responsible for one per cent of world emissions.

Child care system to support primary carer grandparents

The Federal Government will support grandparents on income support who are the primary carer of their grandchildren through access to subsidised child care under the new Child Care Safety Net.

Work longer, live healthier

In the past 50 years, labour market participation among older people has declined significantly, though the trend has reversed a little in recent years.

Downsizing incentives needed for seniors

Tax incentives such as stamp duty exemption and quarantining the proceeds of the sale of the family home in the pension assets test would help older Australians needing to downsize their homes.

Tech-savvy seniors encouragement

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced a new telecommunications offer that will give NSW Seniors Card holders another incentive to get tech savvy.

Independent Retirees launch NT branch

Independent Retirees living in the Northern Territory now have a collective voice on issues which directly affect them.

Independent information desk for seniors launched

Federal Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer has launched an independent financial information service for older Australians at Parliament House, Canberra.