Common drug presents fracture risk to older women

Researchers are urging caution in prescribing one of the world’s most commonly issued drug groups, citing links to increased fracture risks in older Australian women.

New Federal Minister for Aged Care announced

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the Minister for Health and Sport, Sussan Ley will take on the responsibility of the newly created Minister for Aged Care.

Study into nursing home deaths

The first comprehensive study into injury related or premature deaths of residents in nursing homes has found that more than 80 per cent are from falls.

How ageing affects driving

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) are studying how ageing affects driving with the aim of promoting road safety, and they are looking for more older drivers to help with the project.

Extended treatment may prevent breast cancer returning for some women

Women with breast cancer receiving further treatment with an aromatase inhibitor, which reduces the production of oestrogen, may prevent breast cancer from returning.

Protein and carbs, not calories, hold the key to a long life

Low protein, high carbohydrate diets could be just as effective as low calorie diets at promoting a long life and good heart and digestive health.

Samsung top loader washing machines fire hazard

Certain models of Samsung washing machines have caused a number of home fires even though a recall is underway.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome study

An Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member is conducting a world-first study into chronic lateral hip pain in post-menopausal women, also known as GTPS.

Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you

People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Federal Government funding for palliative care projects.

Curb winter weight gain: Trim takeaway tips from nutrition experts

The DAA says that nearly half of all Australian adults are expected to pile on the kilos over winter, prompting calls to reign in fatty takeaways and discretionary foods over the cooler months.

QLD strategy for End-of-Life Care launched

Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick has launched Queensland’s Statewide Strategy for End-of-Life Care to ensure people facing a terminal illness receive a high standard of care.

Consumers big winners from medicines deals

The price of common medicines could be slashed – potentially saving patients over $100 per year – with the Federal Government striking two landmark deals benefiting consumers.

Elderly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery

Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts.

New Women’s Money Toolkit

ASIC has launched a ‘Women’s Money Toolkit’, a free online resource to help women manage their finances, make money decisions at key life stages and enhance their financial wellbeing.

Youth Action urging trial of homeshare with older Australians

Students and young workers could move in with older Australians — exchanging household assistance for free or subsidised rent.

Pension changes to hit middle Australia hardest

New analysis of the federal government’s proposed changes to the pension shows those on average incomes or below will suffer the heaviest impact to their retirement income.

The Dementia Epidemic: Is Australia Prepared?

Industry experts, people living with dementia, carers and researchers will share their expertise and stories at a first-of-its-kind forum on dementia on Wednesday 20 May at the University of Sydney.

Gunbalanya elder recognised with Order of Australia

Gunbalanya elder, Timothy Nadjowh has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Indigenous communities of West Arnhem Land and to the visual arts.

Hearing aid devices keep breaking sound barrier

Improvements in technology and a growing elderly hearing impaired market are driving the development of a train of hearing devices claiming supremacy over predecessors. Here are two more.

NSW public transport hazards for aged commuters

Automatic boom gates that shut too quickly, fast set downs on trains and buses and slippery platforms are among the major hazards confronting older and less mobile commuters.

Reassessing high use of heartburn and reflux medicines

Many Australians may be using (and spending money on) a daily prescription heartburn and reflux medicine that may not be necessary.