Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be hosted in Brisbane

Australia will host the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), 23 to 26 June 2020 in Brisbane, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Home-owning older Australians should pay more for residential aged care

Heavily subsidised aged care services used to be seen as a right and entitlement for all older Australians. But as aged care demand grows and costs rise, it’s becoming increasingly clear the current system isn’t sustainable.

Services for older Australians in rural areas at serious risk

LASA says that it is alarmed at new viability warnings showing 65 per cent of rural and remote residential care facilities lost money in the first quarter of this financial year.

Adelaide Hearing 3 to focus on future of aged care workforce

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality will hold a hearing in Adelaide on the morning of Friday 21 February 2020 about the aged care workforce.

Half of over-55s are open to downsizing – if only they could find homes that suit them

More than half of Australians over the age of 55 are open to downsizing, according to a new report based on a survey of 2,400 households.

Major insurers failing Australians with confusing “fire” cover

Over 70% of home and contents policies analysed by CHOICE have confusing, unfair or unclear “fire” definitions.

Code of Conduct ushers in new era for retirement living

Australia’s retirement living sector has entered a new era of quality assurance, with the Retirement Living Code of Conduct in full effect since 1 January and about 1000 retirement villages already pre-registered to participate.

New partnership to connect more Queenslanders to the NDIS

A new partnership with the Queensland Government has been launched to identify and engage more people with disability who may be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

How exercise is 'medicine' for cancer

WA Scientist of the Year Professor Rob Newton is on a mission: to save the lives of as many cancer patients as possible through tailored exercise intervention.

Five ways seniors can overcome feeling socially isolated

Approximately one-fourth of the senior population is affected by social isolation and loneliness, which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.[1]

Relationship between alcohol use and dementia - one area research grants

Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.

Strength training can help protect the brain from degeneration

For the first time, an intervention - lifting weights - has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.

Women my age tend to drink - it’s normal

Women aged 50–70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines – and most think that’s just perfectly fine.

Handle with care: Caring for older people – getting the fundamentals right

As part of the BRAVE Flinders Research and Innovation lecture series, Professor Alison Kitson, presents on the fundamentals of care in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim findings.

Romance scammers costing Aussies more than $28.6 million

Scammers are using new online platforms to take advantage of their victims, with dating and romance scams making up one fifth of losses across all scams reported to Scamwatch in 2019.

Alcohol and medication a dangerous cocktail

A new research program has found many older Australians who consume alcohol are putting their health at serious risk when taking commonly prescribed medications.

Lack of preparation could crush older Australians’ dreams of remaining at home

New nationwide research has found that older Australians’ desire to remain living at home increases with age.

Payment platform pitfalls

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) is urging Australians to stop and think about the financial ramifications of “buy now, pay later” services and the effect it could have on your financial position.

New aged care Business Improvement Fund

LASA has welcomed the Federal Government’s new $50 million Business Improvement Fund but says the residential care sector needs an additional $1.3 billion in support over the next 18 months.

Gilead sciences awards $0.25M to advance quality of life for Australians living with HIV

Four Australian organisations were awarded from more than 136 Submissions received from Asia Pacific community organisations.

New directions in aged care in Australia

Comparisons with international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.