Balance urged in cancer screening to avoid health pitfalls

Experts have called for a rethink of cancer screening in the light of improved understanding of the complications and consequent poorer outcomes that can result from overdiagnosis of some cancers.

Aged care charities report released

Australia’s aged care charities employ more than 170,000 people, according to new a report released by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Super balances of retirees increasing, but females still lag

Superannuation balances have increased over the last nine years, but the progress of female intending retirees’ balances is slow resulting in balances still well below that of males.

Third person self-talk can help control emotions

The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk.

Walking the dog boost physical activity

Taking the dog out for a walk may boost older people’s physical activity levels—whatever the weather.

New push for better mental health outcomes for older people

The mental health and wellbeing of older Australians is being compromised by a lack of understanding of their needs and the limited availability of specialist services.

Korean War Veterans remembered

Today, the nation remembers those Australians who served in the Korean War, on the 64th anniversary of the 1953 Armistice agreement.

‘Rusty’ brains linked to Alzheimer’s

Cleaning out ‘rust’ from the brain could be a way to slow and even prevent the degenerative disease Alzheimer’s, according to new research that pinpoints iron as its so-far elusive potential driver.

Consumer Ministers to consider retirement villages

Retirement villages and recent allegations of unfair practises will be discussed at a meeting of Federal, State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers.

Jet-setting Australians plagued by travel sickness

New research shows that Australian travellers are losing precious holiday time as they’re not aware of the health risks associated with travel.

This Girl Can campaign launching in Victoria

Health promotion foundation VicHealth is seeking Victorian women to feature in a new local version of the world-renowned This Girl Can campaign to improve the health of women across the state.

Nine things affecting whether you get dementia – and what you can do

Dementia is by no means an inevitable result of ageing. In fact, one in three dementia cases can be prevented, according to new findings published in The Lancet.

Superannuation system reforms

The Federal Government will introduce legislation to give Australians more control over their superannuation providers and strengthen the prudential framework.

Takata car airbags recall

The Federal Government is demanding answers from vehicle manufacturers about their program to recall vehicles which include potentially faulty Takata airbags.

Assisted dying laws for terminally ill VIC patients

An independent group of experts set up by the Victorian government has delivered its final report outlining 66 recommendations for how voluntary assisted dying would work in the state.

Last days for NT ICAC submissions

The Territory Labor Government is urging Territorians to have their say on the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) before submissions close this week.

Increased concessional car parks at QLD hospitals

The State Government will fund up to $7.5 million over the next four years to make an extra 100,000 free and discounted car parking spaces available at public hospitals each year.

Public Federal corruption hearings more effective

New research released by the Australia Institute shows that a federal ICAC may not be effective in exposing or investigating corruption and misconduct unless it holds public hearings.

Dementia friendly rural communities project

A La Trobe University aged care research centre will receive $1.7 million in Federal Government funding to improve dementia care in rural communities.

2017 Global Retirement Index

The United States fell three places to No. 17 among 43 countries in the 2017 Global Retirement Index, published today by Natixis Global Asset Management.

Half of cancer survivors hit by rising financial stress

Cancer Council Australia has called for transparency from healthcare providers to help patients anticipate costs and weigh up their options, as well as better targeting of financial assistance.