Qld nurses vote to pursue criminal investigation of Earle Haven

More than 350 Qld nurses and midwives voted on 17 July to pass an urgent and extraordinary motion to pursue the criminal investigation of Earle Haven management.

World hunger is still not going and obesity is still growing – UN report

An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row.

A better deal for ACT retirement village residents

Important changes to the laws governing retirement villages in the Australian Capital Territory came into effect on 1 July 2019.

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner appointed

Robert Fitzgerald AM has been appointed NSW’s first Ageing and Disability Commissioner, tasked with protecting adults with disability and older people.

Mistreatment results in malnutrition: the faceless abuser in aged care

Appearing before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Dietitians Association of Australia called for nutrition to be elevated within all aspects of aged care.

Healthy lifestyle may counteract genetic risk of dementia

Living a healthy lifestyle may help counteract a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new international research.

Cuts to deeming rates

About 1 million Australians will benefit from a $600 million boost across the next four years following the Morrison Government’s decision to cut deeming rates.

Preventive drugs press pause on frailty in older Australians

Older Australians are being cautioned to consult their doctor before stopping the use of preventive medicines in a bid to reduce frailty and adverse health outcomes among older people.

Barefooting for better balance - can it help prevent falls in the elderly?

Ten years after she became a barefoot runner, University of Canberra PhD researcher Susan Antcliff is recruiting participants for a study to investigate if going barefoot can help prevent falls in the elderly.

Aging populations threaten G20 fiscal sustainability, says taskforce

The Think20 (T20) Task Force on Aging Population recommended introducing greater means testing for social security payments, easy-to-understand financial products, such as lifetime annuities, and universal access to healthcare and long-term care for the elderly.

Royal Commission to focus on food, nutrition and care quality in Cairns

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Cairns from Monday 15 July 2019 to Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Law backs doctors who prescribe opioids to the dying

Some doctors fear litigation and professional ruin if they are seen to have overprescribed opioids to terminally ill patients, according to a University of Queensland researcher.

Return unused prescription opioids to your local pharmacy

Nearly 150 people are hospitalised in Australia every day as a result of the adverse effects of opioid pain medicines.

Noninvasive test improves detection of aggressive prostate cancer

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Toronto have identified a new biomarker found in urine that can help detect aggressive prostate cancer.

Earle Haven aged care facility abandonment fuels anger

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck has expressed deep concern and anger that Earle Haven residents were left as they were yesterday.

Health Service dementia-friendly plans recognised

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) in Perth has officially been recognised as a ‘Working Towards Dementia-Friendly Organisation’ by Dementia Australia.

The muscle-wasting condition 'sarcopenia' is now a recognised disease

As we grow older, the size and strength of our muscles progressively deteriorates. This can affect our capacity to perform everyday activities like standing up from a chair, climbing stairs or carrying groceries.

Education, intelligence may protect cognition, but don’t prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

In a search for clues to what may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report that more educated people aren’t protected from the disease, but do get a cognitive “head start” that may keep their minds functioning better temporarily.

Living longer shouldn’t mean living lonelier

Cheer up the Lonely Day this Thursday, 11th July is a timely reminder of the challenge to sustain social connections in an ageing population.

Wellbeing program boosts staff morale in aged care

Recognising the emotional, physical and mental stresses that can be placed on team members working in the health industry, New South Wales aged care provider, Peninsula Villages has recently implemented a new team wellbeing program.

National Suicide Prevention Adviser appointed

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the appointment of Christine Morgan as the new National Suicide Prevention Adviser.