Aged care activities pause due to COVID-19

With considerable resources from the Aged Care sector and Government now required in the campaign to keep Senior Australians safe during the COVID-19 outbreak – several long term measures will be put on hold for at least six months.

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19

The Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Hon G T Pagone QC, calls upon all in the Australian community, including aged care providers, to be vigilant about the many impacts of, and responses to, COVID19.

Intergenerational care practice may offer future career pathways

New career pathways in intergenerational care practice may be the way of the future according to Griffith University researchers.

1 in 10 with epilepsy sustain serious physical injuries

Call to improve community awareness, support & response to seizures this Purple Day®

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.