ANMF welcomes senior counsel’s calls for minimum staffing in aged care

The ANMF, supports the recommendations of Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Rozen, to the Aged Care Royal Commission today for mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix in the system.

Three million Australians in poverty – report

The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released today by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows more than one in eight adults and one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia.

Pharmacists in Aged Care project - Strathalbyn

A new program designed to improve the health care of aged care residents in Strathalbyn has demonstrated how integrating pharmacists into the care team improves treatment outcomes and reduces medication related harm.

Critical need for a national residential aged care malnutrition audit

Malnutrition is a serious issue within aged care in Australia, silently abusing a substantial number of older Australians. Despite this, the true extent of this issue is unknown due to a lack in national data on the prevalence of malnutrition in aged care.

'I will euthanise myself before I go into aged care': how aged care is failing LGBTI+ people

Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people fear discrimination, exclusion and isolation in Australia’s aged care services, we found in our research.

Mediterranean diet promotes ‘healthy ageing’ in older people

Eating a Mediterranean diet for a year boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to ‘healthy’ ageing, while reducing those associated with harmful inflammation in older people.

Royal Commission hearing 3

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will conduct its third hearing into the future of the aged care workforce in Adelaide.

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be hosted in Brisbane

Australia will host the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), 23 to 26 June 2020 in Brisbane, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Home-owning older Australians should pay more for residential aged care

Heavily subsidised aged care services used to be seen as a right and entitlement for all older Australians. But as aged care demand grows and costs rise, it’s becoming increasingly clear the current system isn’t sustainable.

Services for older Australians in rural areas at serious risk

LASA says that it is alarmed at new viability warnings showing 65 per cent of rural and remote residential care facilities lost money in the first quarter of this financial year.

Adelaide Hearing 3 to focus on future of aged care workforce

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality will hold a hearing in Adelaide on the morning of Friday 21 February 2020 about the aged care workforce.

Half of over-55s are open to downsizing – if only they could find homes that suit them

More than half of Australians over the age of 55 are open to downsizing, according to a new report based on a survey of 2,400 households.

Major insurers failing Australians with confusing “fire” cover

Over 70% of home and contents policies analysed by CHOICE have confusing, unfair or unclear “fire” definitions.

Code of Conduct ushers in new era for retirement living

Australia’s retirement living sector has entered a new era of quality assurance, with the Retirement Living Code of Conduct in full effect since 1 January and about 1000 retirement villages already pre-registered to participate.

New partnership to connect more Queenslanders to the NDIS

A new partnership with the Queensland Government has been launched to identify and engage more people with disability who may be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

View sought on cemetery costs and pricing in NSW

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on the costs of and pricing for interment services in New South Wales cemeteries.

Think before giving your powers away

From 1 March 2020, the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate will change its focus of advice about powers of attorney by stressing the importance of future planning as opposed to just filling out forms.

How exercise is 'medicine' for cancer

WA Scientist of the Year Professor Rob Newton is on a mission: to save the lives of as many cancer patients as possible through tailored exercise intervention.

Five ways seniors can overcome feeling socially isolated

Approximately one-fourth of the senior population is affected by social isolation and loneliness, which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.[1]

Relationship between alcohol use and dementia - one area research grants

Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.

Strength training can help protect the brain from degeneration

For the first time, an intervention - lifting weights - has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.