QLD strategy for End-of-Life Care launched

Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick has launched Queensland’s Statewide Strategy for End-of-Life Care to ensure people facing a terminal illness receive a high standard of care.

Consumers big winners from medicines deals

The price of common medicines could be slashed – potentially saving patients over $100 per year – with the Federal Government striking two landmark deals benefiting consumers.

Elderly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery

Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts.

Youth Action urging trial of homeshare with older Australians

Students and young workers could move in with older Australians — exchanging household assistance for free or subsidised rent.

The Dementia Epidemic: Is Australia Prepared?

Industry experts, people living with dementia, carers and researchers will share their expertise and stories at a first-of-its-kind forum on dementia on Wednesday 20 May at the University of Sydney.

Gunbalanya elder recognised with Order of Australia

Gunbalanya elder, Timothy Nadjowh has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Indigenous communities of West Arnhem Land and to the visual arts.

NSW public transport hazards for aged commuters

Automatic boom gates that shut too quickly, fast set downs on trains and buses and slippery platforms are among the major hazards confronting older and less mobile commuters.

Reassessing high use of heartburn and reflux medicines

Many Australians may be using (and spending money on) a daily prescription heartburn and reflux medicine that may not be necessary.

Volunteers not safe from workplace bullying

Despite the charitable nature of volunteering new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University has found one in three volunteers can experience workplace bullying as in any other workplace.

Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.

Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate

Australia could not function without the enormous and mostly hidden contribution of carers.

High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

Paracetamol is ineffective for lower back pain

Paracetamol is not effective in the treatment of spinal pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to a study published in The BMJ today.

Dementia now the second leading cause of death

The ABS has released their 2013 report on causes of death in Australia – which looks at the 147,678 deaths reported in 2013 and presents a full picture of mortality patterns across the population.

Stress management helps long term breast cancer survivors

A new study shows that providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years later.

Walking after meals could save older people from a fall

Going for a walk instead of resting after eating could help to save older people from some falls caused by a sudden loss in blood pressure, according to new research.

Why do only some people plan for retirement

A person’s “psychological clock”, or innate tendency to focus more on the past, present or future, strongly influences how well they plan for retirement.

Move more sit less for a healthy lifestyle

ACT Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman, joined the Heart Foundation to encourage the community to live an active, healthy, life.

AMA recommends responsible use of restraint in aged care

The AMA has revised its Position Statement on Restraint in the Care of People in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Harnessing the power of oldness at work

The release of the Intergenerational report in early March 2015 catapulted me into a state of confusion.

Palliative care plans in aged care needed

The AMA today released its new Position Statement on Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care Facilities.