Queenslanders needed to help find potential COVID-19 immunotherapies

QIMR Berghofer scientists are urging Queenslanders recovered from COVID-19 to help them discover how the human immune system fights the disease – and hopefully develop immunotherapies to treat very sick patients.

Liquid Assets Waiting Period for JobSeeker payments must be abolishedfor older Australians

Preventing tens of thousands of newly unemployed older Australians from falling into poverty by abolishing the Liquid Assets Waiting Period (LAWP) must be amongst the top of mind priorities for the Government.

Free online dementia courses for aged care workers

Free, short, online courses have been announced by the Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia to assist frontline aged care staff delivering care to people living with dementia during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Industry Code for visiting aged care homes released

The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations.

Cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis increase worldwide

There were more than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017.

ANMF celebrates International Nurses Day 2020

On International Nurses Day (IND) this year, the ANMF, the union of more than 285,000 nurses, midwives and aged care workers, is celebrating the work ANMF members do every day for every Australian.

Retire the retirement village – the wall and what’s behind it is so 2020

Retirement villages – walled, gated and separate seniors’ enclaves – have had their day.

Expert team at SA Pathology to protect aged care residents

A dedicated South Australian Pathology team has been assembled to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak in aged care and other residential facilities.

Risk factors for COVID-19 death revealed in world’s largest analysis of patient records

This is the largest study on COVID-19 conducted by any country to date, and therefore gives the strongest evidence on risk factors associated with COVID-19 death.

Upskilling aged care sector for a big future beyond COVID-19

The Federal Government’s recovery package to upskill workers critical to Australia’s recovery post COVID-19 couldn’t come at a better time for the aged care sector.

New guidelines highlight importance of managing high blood pressure

A new global set of guidelines released on 7 May 2020 (International Society of Hypertension 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines [free access article]) is particularly critical in the current COVID-19 environment.

New AIHW report reveals escalating health impact of chronic pain

The release today of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report ‘Chronic Pain in Australia’ reinforces the spiraling health, social and economic costs of chronic pain in Australia.

Submissions on aged care COVID-19 sought

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety continues to encourage submissions from aged care providers, people who receive aged care services, and their families, who are affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Exercise boosts gut health to build muscles and endurance

Regular exercise changes the composition of the gut bacteria and may play a crucial role in skeletal muscle function and endurance.

New tool measures quality of life in people with dementia

University of Queensland researchers say a new tool to measure the quality of life of people with dementia will result in better targeted care for those living with the condition.

Retail investors at risk in volatile markets

An Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) analysis of markets during the COVID-19 period has revealed a substantial increase in retail activity across the securities market, as well as greater exposure to risk.

The unexpected benefits of tailored exercise for aged care residents

Tailored exercise programs led by accredited exercise physiologists don’t just provide physical benefits for residents living in aged care – they improve mental wellbeing and social engagement.

Closer to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Survivors

The Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the National Redress Scheme has tabled its first Interim Report on 1 May 2020.

Have a flu shot to protect your heart

Most Australians don’t know it, but they are six times more likely to have a heart attack the week after they have had a bout of influenza.

Older Australians need appropriate Motor Neurone Disease support

People diagnosed with a disability aged 65 and older cannot access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Aged care funding must guarantee the safety of all nursing home residents

The additional $205 million COVID-19 funding for aged care providers should be directly used to employ more nurses and suitably-qualified care staff and ensure the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE).