Medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament

Parliament has passed legislation permitting Australian patients to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

SA jury duty available for people aged over 70

The South Australian Government will move to allow people over 70-years-old to sit on juries in South Australia.

Safeguarding older Australians from abuse

Today, the Federal Government has taken steps to put the rights of older Australians on the national agenda by initiating an inquiry into elder abuse.

Estate duties part of the tax debate?

The Australia Institute has released a paper, Surprise Me When I’m Dead: Revisiting the Case for Estate Duties.

Longer, healthier lives are possible

A Stanford analysis shows how to enhance longevity and well-being through healthy living, financial security and social relationships.

Paleo diet increases weight gain

A new study has revealed following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks can lead to rapid weight gain and health complications.

Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing

Mark Butler has produced an excellently researched book on one of the most pressing issues confronting Australia today.

Australians concerned about retirement

A new poll from The Australian National University (ANU) on ageing and money has found many Australians are worried about their retirement and ability afford a comfortable life after leaving the workforce.

Variations in longevity across Europe

Wide and stubborn variations in longevity have persisted across Europe over the past 20 years, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

New Aged care complaints translated resources

There is a new addition to the range of translated resources being offered by the Aged Care Complaints Commission.

$22.7 million lost to dating scams in 2015

Last year, 2,620 Australians reported losing almost $23 million to dating and romance scams to the ACCC.

Group memberships after retirement linked to longer life

Membership of social groups, such as book clubs or church groups, after retirement is linked to a longer life, with the impact on health and wellbeing similar to that of regular exercise.

Urinary incontinence can be a problem for women of all ages, but there is a cure

Urinary incontinence is urine leakage from a loss of bladder control that mainly affects women after childbirth. But it can happen to anyone. Around 37% of Australian women have some form of the condition compared to 13% of Australian men.

Cooking at home = Prescription for healthy weight

More than half Australian adults are unhappy with their weight, with many wanting to eat better, trim portion sizes and cook at home more.

Relationships more beneficial to women than men

Women in relationships have better overall health compared to their single counterparts; for men, their overall health is not influenced by their relationship status.

One in three pedestrian deaths aged over 70

Police are urging pedestrians and motorists to be on the alert for each other following a significant number of recent pedestrian fatalities.

10 tips for heart healthy living

For Heart Month international and National Heart Research Day, 14 February, Dr Joanna McMillan - a leading Dieticians, Nutritionist, TV personality presents her healthy heart tips.

Next generation of banknotes

At the 50th anniversary of decimal currency, the Reserve Bank has announced that the first of Australia's next generation of banknotes, the new $5, will be issued from 1 September 2016.

Improved diabetes control with new diet

Adelaide researchers have developed a diet and exercise program, highly effective in reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes, with an average 40 per cent reduction in medication levels.

Legislation for choice in aged home care

Older Australians will have greater choice and control over their aged care services under proposed changes to aged care legislation.

Wash all supermarket produce- food researcher

Pre-washed supermarket fruit and vegetables should be washed again to remove all traces of pathogenic bugs, says a Victoria University food researcher.