Better Ageing grant to get older Australians moving

Arthritis Australia will receive a Move it Aus Better Ageing grant of $1 million to run structured group exercise programs for older Australians to build the confidence they need to be more active.

Most older Australians unprepared for end-of-life decisions

New research from Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) reveals that 70% of older Australians are without an Advance Care Directive, leaving no instructions in the event that they’re unable to make their own medical decisions.

Keeping the vulnerable safe during heatwaves

Associate Professor Ollie Jay and an international team are recruiting people over 60 to take part in a study to measure human physiological responses to over 1900 simulated heatwave exposures.

Exercise the right medicine to heal the brain

A Melbourne research team will explore whether doctors should prescribe exercise to stroke patients to help with their brain function and physical recovery.

Dietary patterns and better brain health in late life

A positive link has been found between healthy dietary patterns and better brain health in older adults.

Age-friendly workshops roll out in Queensland

The first of 13 regional age-friendly workshops has been held by the Queensland Government on the Sunshine Coast on 8 February to help make communities more inclusive and accessible for all ages.

Bathurst seniors in ‘Active Living Longer’ program

Research as part of the Active Living Longer (ALLong) program held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst launched last June shows benefits for the participants.

Aged care Royal Commission hearings begin Monday

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold its first public hearing in Adelaide from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February and from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019.

What is good for your heart is good for your brain

Dementia Australia is this month reminding Australians ‘What is good for your heart is good for your brain’ as part of Heart Research Month 1- 28 February – a time to love your heart and learn how to take care of it.

Australia’s melanoma rates once again highest in the world

Australia has regained the unenviable title of having the world’s highest rates of invasive melanoma.

Finding super sparks $860 million worth of joy

New data released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) shows that Australians were busy finding and consolidating their superannuation accounts towards the end of 2018.

$110 million awaiting Medicare customers

About 670,000 people have not provided Medicare with their bank account details, preventing more than $110 million worth of rebates from being distributed to them.

Bedsore prevention practices in aged care could constitute abuse

The mandated practice of two-hourly repositioning of residents in aged care facilities to prevent bedsores is ineffective and could be causing more problems than it solves, a UNSW study says.

Robodebt taken to Court over dodgy debts

The Australian Council of Social Service welcomes the landmark case launched by Victoria Legal Aid in the Federal Court, challenging the Centrelink automated debt recovery system, Robodebt.

Specialist Dementia Care Program

The program will see more than 30 specialist care units established to provide best practice person-centred care for people exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Mindfulness promising option for easing chronic pain

Mindfulness meditation is a promising option for easing chronic pain, finds a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health.

New agreement on disability needed - Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission has called for a new National Disability Agreement (NDA) between all Australian governments to promote cooperation, enhance accountability and clarify roles and responsibilities.

Australia stagnates on corruption ranking - quality reform needed

Transparency International’s landmark annual global corruption report has put Australia in 13th place.

Why more older Australians are declaring bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is affecting more and more older people. About 2,400 of the almost 17,000 new bankruptcies in Australia in 2017-18 were aged 60 or more, information from the bankruptcy regulator suggests.

Sleep apnoea creates gaps in life memories

People with sleep apnoea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, new research has shown.

Medicine problems behind 250,000 hospital admissions annually

A new report has revealed 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year, with another 400,000 presenting to emergency departments, as a result of medication errors, inappropriate use, misadventure and interactions.