Support for Forgotten Australians

Forgotten Australians, Care Leavers, who were institutionalised in their younger years, can have a deep mistrust of all institutions because of the trauma they experienced in institutional care.

Nearly half of prostate cancers in Australia are over-diagnosed

An Australian-first study led by Bond University on the Gold Coast has found that at least 41 per cent of prostate cancers detected by commonly performed screening tests are over-diagnosed.

Royal Commission into abuse of people with a disability

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Seniors reablement trial for independence and mobility

The Federal Government is launching a new $29.2 million trial to establish the best supports for maintaining mobility and independence of seniors.

Review of Hearing Health: report presented to parliament

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has presented its Report on the Inquiry into the 2017-18 Annual Reports of the Department of Health and Australian Hearing.

Franking credits inquiry report presented

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics has presented the report of its inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits for non-pensioners.

Dementia’s gender differences revealed

Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, but University of Queensland research has found the disease affects men and women differently.

Moderating inflammation with quick lifestyle fixes

Inflammation is a life-saving response to injury or illness and protects us from the dangers of infection.  None of us enjoy waiting for redness, swelling, or fever to pass.

Budget 2019 fails those living in entrenched poverty

The 2019 Federal Budget anticipates a surplus in future years. But, what does a surplus mean to the everyday life of the growing number of families and single people who are, right now, living in entrenched poverty?

Enrolling for better health care

Older Australians will be able to enter an agreement with their GP to enable more personalised and coordinated care under a significant change announced in Budget 2019.

Federal Budget 2019 – 350,000 older job seekers still left in poverty

The Federal Budget again leaves almost 350,000 job seekers older than 45 years out in the cold by failing to increased Newstart payments – COTA Australia.

Budget 2019 a ‘missed opportunity’ for older Australians

The 2019 Federal Budget has failed to impress older Australians, with advocacy group National Seniors Australia describing it as disappointing, especially for age pensioners.

Budget 2019 turns its back on people who have the least

The Government confirms its vision for Australia is tax cuts for people who don’t need them, guaranteeing more cuts in future to essential services and the safety net for people who rely on them – ACOSS.

Budget leaves older Australians still waiting

Leading Age Services Australia says the Government’s decision to focus on tax cuts and a bigger surplus means it has missed the opportunity to meet the needs of the 120,000 older Australians on the home care wait list.

HCF Research Foundation funds health services research

The HCF Research Foundation has today announced seven recipients of over $1 million in research grants, with funded projects aiming to improve the delivery of health services in Australia.

Advance Care Planning Week

This week Australians will start conversations they might otherwise prefer to avoid – getting older and planning for a time when they are unable to make their own medical decisions.

Honouring Victoria’s inspiring seniors

Victorians are being encouraged to recognise the contributions made to the community by seniors and organisations by nominating people for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Blood cells the missing link in post-exercise brain boost

A discovery about how exercise improves brain function could be harnessed for research into ageing, and boosting learning and memory.

World first 3D printed feet for diabetics

It’s gory, sticky and undoubtedly on the nose, but a blend of icing sugar, chicken stock and flexible resin is proving to be the just the right recipe for creating realistic diabetic foot ulcers.

One-off energy payment promise

Federal Minister for Social Services Paul Fletcher has announced, shortly before the 2019 Federal Election, a one-off “Energy Assistance Payment” to some social security payment recipients.

Older people with depression could benefit from non-drug treatments

Depression is common in older age and with an ageing population how late-life depression is managed will become increasingly important.