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).

Additional funding for residential aged care providers

Residential aged care providers will receive an additional COVID-19 specific support package totalling $205 million.

10 ways to process grief after a death during a global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted our experiences of, and our rituals associated with dying, death and bereavement.

Senate Committee finds Government must permanently increase income support

The Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee has issued its report on the “Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia”.

Debit cards to be issued by banks to isolated or vulnerable customers

Australian banks will issue a record number of debit cards (Mastercard or VISA debit) to customers who don’t have them – without request.

Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector.

eSafety courses to keep senior Australians connected during COVID-19

Free daytime internet provided sessions (webinars) are now available to help improve the online skills of Senior Australians as they turn to the internet to access online services and connect with loved.

Personal monitoring technology for senior Australians

The Federal Government is helping more Senior Australians access personal monitoring technology during self-isolation.

Law Council calls on government to adopt core design principles for tracing app

With the government’s COVID-19 tracing app in development, the Law Council of Australia is calling for the adoption of core design principles to be included within the legislative framework, designed to govern the operation of the app.

Don't let your debt spiral - seek free help now

The National Debt Helpline (NDH) is urging people in financial distress to seek independent and free advice as soon as possible.

Isolating does not have to mean isolated

Dementia Australia has called on the community, including health and aged care staff, to work together to maintain engagement with people impacted by dementia during this time of isolation.