Update your medicines list now – you’ll need it if you go to hospital

If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take.

Frontline workers face life insurance claims denials

Five super funds continue to hit new members with pandemic exclusions.

Stockpile on sleep, not supermarket staples to protect from COVID-19

As panic-buyers continue to leave supermarket shelves bare, University of South Australia sleep experts are reminding people that it’s sleep that they need to stockpile if they want to ensure the best possible health during the pandemic.

Tips to stay active at home during the COVID-19 crisis

With many people now self-isolating and social distancing at home, the need to stay active has never been greater.

Parliamentary inquiry report into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care

The report of the committee inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care was tabled in the Queensland Parliament on 24 March 2020.

New research offers fresh hope for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

A global team of researchers has discovered a new biomarker that could be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease decades before symptoms emerge.

Making future medical decisions

National Advance Care Planning Week starts today encouraging Australians to plan their future care. But it prompts the questions - what does this mean in a time of COVID-19 and is now the right time?

Staying active in self-isolation quarantine or working from home

As more and more Australians find themselves isolated at home due to COVID-19, the Heart Foundation is offering tips for staying active when alone and in confined spaces.

New aged care sector funding

The National Cabinet agreed on temporary funding to support Aged Care providers, residents, staff and families, on 20 March.

Aged Care Royal Commission suspends hearings and workshops

The Commissioners have decided to suspend all hearings and workshops for the time being, subject to ongoing review.

International students to fill critical staff shortages in aged care

Aged care providers will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international students to care for senior and vulnerable Australians to combat the impact of coronavirus.

Early influenza shots called for over 65s

The Western Australian Government is advising older Western Australians to book an appointment for their annual influenza vaccination.

ANMF calls for immediate stop on all non-essential visits to nursing homes

The ANMF is calling for a temporary ban on all non-essential visits to chronically understaffed nursing homes to shield older Australians from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Limits on the dispensing and sales of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

From 19 March, pharmacists will be enforcing Federal Government direction to limit dispensing and sales of prescriptions and certain over the counter medicines for the benefit of all Australians.

The 'dreaded duo': Australia will likely hit a peak in coronavirus cases around flu season

The prime minister earlier today announced that from May 1, people need to be vaccinated against the flu before visiting an aged care facility.

Anzac Day 2020 services canceled

The Australian Government has made the decision to cancel all Australian-led overseas Anzac Day services.

Strengthened guidelines to protect aged care residents

Aged care facilities around Australia are now required to restrict visitation as the Federal Government continues to combat the spread of coronavirus.

New series navigates grief and independence of elderly parents

Not-for-profit aged care provider, Benetas, has launched a humorous web series to address the daily challenges that many older Australians face in maintaining independence, particularly in the case of a partner’s death.

COVID-19: Medical experts urge planning not panic

As Australia prepares for COVID-19, medical experts are urging people to plan for a scenario where they become suddenly unwell, by clarifying their preferred medical treatment and the person they wish to make their decisions.

Neighbours and friends can offer digital support to older people

Family, neighbours, friends and work colleagues should take the time to reach out and offer older people support in using digital technologies.

COVID-19 prevention guidelines issued to Aged Care providers

Residential aged care providers will be encouraged to limit visits from today (16 March 2020) under national guidelines aimed at the prevention and control of coronavirus.