Competition and user choice into human services report releaed

ACOSS responds to the release of the Productivity Commission’s Study Report on competition policy and human services.

Sports that will save your life revealed

An international research collaboration, led by University of Sydney, has found that cycling, swimming, aerobics and racquet sports offer life saving benefits compared to running and football.

Exercise prescribed to reduce fatigue in cancer survivors

New research about what type of exercise best helps cancer survivors overcome fatigue has won PhD student Kirsten Adlard a Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) award.

Oldest adults may gain from social technology

The oldest of adults who use the internet, cellphones and other communication technology report feeling less lonely, more satisfied, and more physically fit.

Cycling program to keep older Canberrans active

The launch of a new cycling program for seniors is a valuable way for older Canberrans to keep active and contributes to a greater sense of social inclusion.

Results from study into veterans’ suicide

The Government today released the most statistically robust data ever compiled into the prevalence of suicide among current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Current evidence does not support vitamin D supplements

Current evidence does not support the use of vitamin D supplements to prevent disease, conclude researchers in The BMJ on 23 November 2016.

Health Care Homes’ trial scheduled for mid-2017

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, said the Federal Government was committed to its Health Care Homes program to find better ways of delivering medical services to an ageing population.

National Conference: industry reform to empower the aging and disabled

Industry heavyweights are to discuss implications and opportunities as the aged care, disability and guardianship sectors undergo significant reform aimed at increasing client choice.

ASIC toolkit to navigate financial advice

A new online toolkit developed by ASIC's MoneySmart will enable Australians to better understand and navigate the financial advice process.

Seniors urged to cash-in on discounts

A new public awareness campaign is encouraging all seniors to take full advantage of the Government's expanding Seniors Card business discount directory.

AMA calls for greater awareness of quality end of life care

The AMA has released its updated Position Statement on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide 2016.

Asbestos Awareness Week - hidden dangers in older homes

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace was joined by Asbestos Safety Advocates Julie and Don Sager, who lost their son Adam to mesothelioma aged 25 after exposure to asbestos during a home renovation.

New tablet apps to support the aged

Catholic Healthcare, Breezie Inc and Samsung have collaborated to deliver a Breezie Inc set of apps to permit aged care clients to communicate more easily.

Veterans Ministers’ Roundtable inaugural meeting

The issue of veterans’ homelessness will be a focus of discussions when Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan hosts his state and territory counterparts in Canberra on 24-25 November.

New guide - care for people with dementia

People with dementia and their carers can ask for the care they deserve with confidence after the launch of a new guide to their care rights.

Elderly discovered with superior memory and Alzheimer’s pathology

Well-established research suggests extensive plaques and tangles in the brain result in the death of neurons and are an indicator of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Casserole Club pilot serves up meals for seniors

Queensland’s newest volunteer meal-sharing program has served up its first official meal to seniors in Townsville today.

Tighter VIC deceased estate laws

The Victorian Government today introduced legislation to better protect the rights of Victorian families after the death of a loved one.

Winding back age-based tax breaks

The Commonwealth Government could save about $1 billion a year by winding back three tax breaks for older Australians that have no sensible policy rationale, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

ACOSS backs dropping tax breaks for wealthy seniors

Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed a new report which backs a call to tackle special tax breaks for wealthier older people as a ‘budgetary time-bomb’.