World-first blood test for Parkinson's

La Trobe University researchers have developed a world-first diagnostic blood test which could change the lives of people to be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Domestic strangulation an offence under QLD’s Criminal Code

The Queensland Government has passed laws to make non-fatal strangulation a separate offence under the Criminal Code, to strengthen the response to domestic and family violence.

Taking opportunities of an ageing population

Government, academia, business and the non-government sector have came together to discuss how NSW can seize opportunities created by an ageing population at a roundtable today.

Checking condom use in the over-50s

Investigations show that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the over-50 age group and could surpass the infection rates of younger people because of the low use of condoms.

What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.

How can we use foods as medicine?

At a time when food and nutrition information is at an all-time high, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about food-based recommendations for wellness.

Murri court opens in Rockhampton

The first of 13 Murri Courts was formally launched in Rockhampton to reinstate diversionary court options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.

Tapping the economic potential of SA’s ageing population

The State Government has commissioned the preparation of a Mature Economy Business and Jobs Strategy to explore the emerging economic potential of South Australia’s ageing population.

New support for VIC seniors

Victoria's Government today announced new initiatives to address loneliness and social isolation experienced by Victorian seniors and create more age-friendly communities.

Medicinal cannabis legalised in Victoria

Victorian patients and their families will be able to legally access medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances with the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 passing the Parliament today.

NSW GoGet launches carshare vehicle for people with disability

GoGet carshare is planning transport for people with a disability, launching a fully accessible carsharing vehicle, with the support of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).

Multiple sclerosis stopped in its tracks?

An international research team has demonstrated that a new plant-derived drug can block the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Avoidable early deaths costing Australian economy $15 billion annually

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the Australian economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP ).

Fighting off the blues by Ageing Wisely

A Macquarie University study has found that involvement in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group program, called Ageing Wisely, can help elderly people fight off depression and anxiety.

ACT hearing impaired to receive smoke alarms

Specialised smoke alarms will be installed for free in the homes of deaf and hearing impaired Canberrans.

Uber support for seniors an Australian first

NSW seniors will have access to discounted rides with an Australia first alliance between ride-sharing service Uber and the New South Wales Government.

Global diabetes report shows Australia must act

Australia should do more to prevent diabetes and provide better care for those living with the disease, according to an author of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first global diabetes report.

Death of a partner increases risk of irregular heartbeat

The death of a partner is linked to a heightened risk of developing an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation—itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure.

Transperth free public transport a seniors favoutite

Seniors in Western Australia are staying connected to their communities for longer, taking more than nine million free off-peak trips on Transperth services in 2015.

Physical and mental exercises protect memory by rewiring the brain

Researchers have revealed that progressive resistance exercise (high intensity strength training) and computerised cognitive training (brain training) produce brain changes that help explain their therapeutic value.

Caution! diagnosis creep

An editorial in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber suggests that some guidelines prepared by expert panels are broadening definitions of disease. This means more and more healthy people are being labelled as ‘sick’.