Mental health moves towards individualised care packages

Australians with a severe and complex mental illness will have access to an integrated care package tailored to their individual needs, as part of broad reforms.

Abuse and neglect of people in institutional and residential settings

A Senate inquiry has issued a report into violence, abuse and neglect towards people with a disability in institutions and in-home care.

Debate about electric fans in heatwaves warms

As temperatures soar its time to rethink public health advice on managing heat waves and the use of electric fans for cooling.

Bone development changes with different kinds of exercise

Different forms of exercise have different effects on bone development, according to a study by New Zealand’s Liggins Institute.

Elderly man shot in home invasion

Ipswich detectives in Queensland are investigating a burglary where an elderly man suffered a gunshot injury to his leg this morning.

Welcome Wall scam

An aged migrant family whose names appear on Fremantle’s Welcome Walls has been the target of a scam attempt, with Consumer Protection and the Western Australian Museum concerned.

WA online driver fitness declarations

Motorists will soon be able to complete a statutory declaration verifying their fitness to drive rather than attend a medical assessment.

Clearing brain plaques makes mouse alzheimers worse

Therapies that reduce deposits of amyloid plaque in the brain are ineffective at repairing neuronal impairment in mice and actually increase it.

Long-term exercise prevents age-related brain changes

A study of the brains of mice shows that deterioration associated with old age can be prevented by long-term aerobic exercise starting in mid-life.

Life expectancy and deaths hit historic highs

Life expectancy and death numbers hit historic highs in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Exercise promises to reverse the affects of dementia

Professor Perry Bartlett, founding director of the Queensland Brain Institute, has been awarded the CSL Florey Medal for his discoveries in neuroscience and that the brain is ever-changing.

Fitness trumps fatness

A finding that cardio-respiratory fitness is more important than fat loss for people suffering so-called ‘Syndrome X’ has landed a Queensland researcher a New Investigator Award.

Osteoporosis – cracking up older men

‘Movember’ is all about helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Australians downgrading private health cover

Australians dumped or downgraded half-a-million ‘all-inclusive’ private health insurance policies last year as record numbers flocked to cheaper cover with exclusions and excesses.

Ladders risky for older men

It’s that time of year when we start spring cleaning and DIY jobs. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging older men to be mindful of ladder safety.

Improving dementia support

The Federal Government will build a nationally consistent dementia support services following analysis released today that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.

New SA elder abuse campaign

A new public awareness campaign aimed at putting a stop to the abuse of older South Australians has been launched.

Crisis continues among older workers

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work consultation has found that discrimination against mature-age workers persists widely amongst job recruiters.

Vision pass boosts travel accessibility

QLD commuters who are blind or have low vision will be able to travel more independently across the state with the Government introducing an upgraded permanent go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass.

Common prescription medicines cheaper over-the-counter

Many concessional patients with a prescription for medicines such as paracetamol and aspirin are paying two-to-three times retail prices than if they simply purchased them over-the-counter.

NSW Registered Nurses in aged care report

A report by the Legislative Council Standing Committee tabled in the NSW Parliament on 29 October 2015 recommended that RNs be on duty in residential aged care at all times.