Loneliness is a health issue, and needs targeted solutions

The Australian government announced in the 2018 budget $46 million towards the community visitors scheme which is designed to reduce loneliness in older adults.

Bankruptcy facing patients paying medical bills?

The vote at the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting on 26 May 2018 to condemn doctors charging huge copayments should shake the Government to address this major problem with our health system.

Indigenous service honoured during reconciliation week

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week new research is offering fresh insights into the personal experiences and challenges of Indigenous Australians during the First World War.

Tackling non-payment of workers’ superannuation

The Australian Government is continuing to take action to ensure Australian workers are paid the superannuation entitlements that they are owed.

Prepaid funeral protections in WA

The Western Australian State Government is set to tighten regulations in the multimillion dollar prepaid funeral industry to safeguard seniors and their families from fund mismanagement.

Silver Alert system for missing dementia sufferers

The tendency of people with dementia to wander and become lost has led QUT researchers to recommend a ‘Silver Alert’ system.

Bank phone scam warning

Australians are urged to be on guard against unscrupulous, unsolicited callers, claiming to represent the Australian Banking Association.

Aged Care Reform Bill introduced

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt introduced the Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018 to Parliament today and said the changes would increase certainty.

Lives can be saved by online health records

A person's life can be saved in an emergency with an online health record, the CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance said today.

Salvos research finds Aussies in deepening daily struggle

The Salvation Army is urging the Federal Government to reconsider its decision not to increase the Newstart allowance after research has revealed the devastating hardship many Australians are facing.

Study trials non-surgical approach to hip and knee osteoarthritis

The trial method combines general practice care with a tailored diet and exercise program.

Hypnosis transforms treatment for low back pain

Sufferers of chronic low back pain can look forward to a safe and side effect-free way to ease their discomfort, thanks to a team including UNSW researchers.

Less can be more at the end of life

Advances in medicine mean health care professionals can prolong life, yet some treatments have a low chance of providing tangible benefits to some patients, can result in a ‘bad death’.

Palliative care growing faster than other hospital services

The use of palliative care services in hospitals has been rising at a faster rate than other hospitalisations, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Palliative Care Week 2018

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt is urging all Australians to support National Palliative Care Week, by asking the question: What matters most?

Commonwealth Health Ministers summit “springboard for action”

Far-reaching measures that will drive up healthcare standards and improve the lives of millions of citizens have been agreed by Commonwealth ministers.

New Helpline to assist Centrelink scam victims

Centrelink is today launching a dedicated scams helpline to assist clients who have fallen victim to fraudsters or identity thieves posing as departmental staff.

Outdated hysterectomy surgical choices put women at risk

Australian women are undergoing unnecessarily invasive hysterectomies due to a lack of contemporary surgical skills among gynaecologists.

Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017

Australians lost more money to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity.

Older Australians most likely to volunteer

During National Volunteer Week (21-27 May), The Benevolent Society would like to recognise the contribution made by older Australians.

New data reveals the impact of arthritis on mental health

Australians living with arthritis are significantly more likely to be affected by mental health issues, according to new research released by the Medibank Better Health Foundation.