Dementia and medicines - understanding your options

Alzheimer’s Australia and NPS MedicineWise have launched a new campaign to educate people living with dementia—and people involved in their care—about their rights when it comes to treatment options.

Senate Report into the Mental Health of Defence Force Members and Veterans released

The Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s report into the mental health of ADF members and veterans has been released for the Government's consideration.

Safe phones for domestic violence victims

The Federal Government is providing $2.5 million to the WESNET to distribute smartphones, and provide training to frontline services to help domestic violence victims understand how to use their smart phone safely.

3D ‘dementia-friendly home’ app to assist carers

A 3D Dementia-Friendly Home app for tablets has been launched by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic today to provide carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia.

High daily coffee consumption may lower MS risk

Drinking a lot of coffee every day—more than 900 ml (30 fluid ounces) or around six cups—is linked to a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis.

Recommendations on unnecessary medical tests and treatments

The Choosing Wisely Australia® campaign has today released 61 recommendations of tests, treatments and procedures that may not be necessary and could cause harm to Australian patients.

Here’s looking at: ‘Whistler’s Mother’

What is the purpose of a painting’s title? Most often it is to identify the subject, set the scene, allude to possible meanings or indicate a framework for understanding.

Smartphone app to reduce suicide deaths

Suicide is now the greatest killer of Australians aged 15 to 44 and is responsible for a high death rate among older men.

Suicide rate driven by men aged 40 to 44

Men depressed as adolescents in the 1990s have carried their suicidality with them into middle age, driving the highest suicide rate in 13 years, said mental health commissioner Ian Hickie.

Dance your way to a healthy heart

A world first study has found people over the age of 40 who participate in dancing almost halve their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Are lipstick brands alienating older women?

A cursory Google image search for lipstick advertisements reveals an endless sea of gorgeous young models smiling, pouting and puckering up.

National Aged Care Places Stocktake Reporting Tool available

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new Dynamic data display and web page.

Better nourishment needed in hospitals

An Australian dietitian is calling for improved nourishment in hospitals, noting that its inadequacy can delay patients’ recovery time, increase complication rates and extend the length of hospital stay.

Housing action needed for homeless older women

Homelessness amongst older women is increasing yet hidden from the public eye. The 2011 NSW census found that 36 per cent of older homeless people were women.

Health Check: what to do if you burn yourself

Burns are one of the most common injuries, affecting as many as 200,000 Australians each year.

Super gap has women fearful about life after retirement

Women are increasingly concerned about life after retirement, fearing that the gender-based superannuation gap and lower rates of pay are creating disadvantage for women and poverty in old age.

Changing patterns of mortality reflect ageing population

Heart disease, dementia, stroke, lung cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases remain the top 5 leading causes of death in Australia, accounting for more than one third of all deaths.

In-home aged care technology trial

Elderly Australians are one step closer to gaining greater autonomy and security in their homes with the announcement of a Samsung backed Holly Smart Home Project technology trial.

My Health Record roll out

The number of Australians with a digital health record will jump by more than a million with automatic record creation and the Government giving people the choice of opting out from the scheme if they wish.

Glaucoma: the sneaky blindness

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the elderly, which is often not recognised until after it's progressive eye damage is well under way.

Reform to negative gearing needed

Community service and housing organisations today called on the Federal Government to resist fighting an election campaign on a platform of inaction on housing affordability.