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.
Volunteers not safe from workplace bullying
Despite the charitable nature of volunteering new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University has found one in three volunteers can experience workplace bullying as in any other workplace.
Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke
People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.
Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate
Australia could not function without the enormous and mostly hidden contribution of carers.
High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer
University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.
Time to change smoke alarm batteries
Families are urged to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks back at the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday 5 April.
Paracetamol is ineffective for lower back pain
Paracetamol is not effective in the treatment of spinal pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to a study published in The BMJ today.
Dementia now the second leading cause of death
The ABS has released their 2013 report on causes of death in Australia – which looks at the 147,678 deaths reported in 2013 and presents a full picture of mortality patterns across the population.
Tax discussion welcomed – retirement incomes discussion needed
A discussion about the taxation system which feeds into a retirement incomes review to ensure equitable, sustainable and stable tax and income security system for all retirees is needed.
Stress management helps long term breast cancer survivors
A new study shows that providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years later.
Walking after meals could save older people from a fall
Going for a walk instead of resting after eating could help to save older people from some falls caused by a sudden loss in blood pressure, according to new research.
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