Recommendations on unnecessary medical tests and treatments

The Choosing Wisely Australia® campaign has today released 61 recommendations of tests, treatments and procedures that may not be necessary and could cause harm to Australian patients.

Here’s looking at: ‘Whistler’s Mother’

What is the purpose of a painting’s title? Most often it is to identify the subject, set the scene, allude to possible meanings or indicate a framework for understanding.

Smartphone app to reduce suicide deaths

Suicide is now the greatest killer of Australians aged 15 to 44 and is responsible for a high death rate among older men.

Suicide rate driven by men aged 40 to 44

Men depressed as adolescents in the 1990s have carried their suicidality with them into middle age, driving the highest suicide rate in 13 years, said mental health commissioner Ian Hickie.

Dance your way to a healthy heart

A world first study has found people over the age of 40 who participate in dancing almost halve their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Are lipstick brands alienating older women?

A cursory Google image search for lipstick advertisements reveals an endless sea of gorgeous young models smiling, pouting and puckering up.

National Aged Care Places Stocktake Reporting Tool available

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new Dynamic data display and web page.

Better nourishment needed in hospitals

An Australian dietitian is calling for improved nourishment in hospitals, noting that its inadequacy can delay patients’ recovery time, increase complication rates and extend the length of hospital stay.

Housing action needed for homeless older women

Homelessness amongst older women is increasing yet hidden from the public eye. The 2011 NSW census found that 36 per cent of older homeless people were women.

Health Check: what to do if you burn yourself

Burns are one of the most common injuries, affecting as many as 200,000 Australians each year.

Super gap has women fearful about life after retirement

Women are increasingly concerned about life after retirement, fearing that the gender-based superannuation gap and lower rates of pay are creating disadvantage for women and poverty in old age.

Changing patterns of mortality reflect ageing population

Heart disease, dementia, stroke, lung cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases remain the top 5 leading causes of death in Australia, accounting for more than one third of all deaths.

In-home aged care technology trial

Elderly Australians are one step closer to gaining greater autonomy and security in their homes with the announcement of a Samsung backed Holly Smart Home Project technology trial.

My Health Record roll out

The number of Australians with a digital health record will jump by more than a million with automatic record creation and the Government giving people the choice of opting out from the scheme if they wish.

Glaucoma: the sneaky blindness

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the elderly, which is often not recognised until after it's progressive eye damage is well under way.

Reform to negative gearing needed

Community service and housing organisations today called on the Federal Government to resist fighting an election campaign on a platform of inaction on housing affordability.

Is a 5.6% increase in private health insurance premiums justified?

Health Minister Sussan Ley today announced private health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 5.6% from April. This amounts to the average family paying about $300 more a year for an average policy.

New BlueBays app to help disability permit holders find a park

The South Australian State Government has developed a free mobile phone app to help people with disability share and locate accessible parking spaces around South Australia.

NSW Elder Abuse Helpline funding

Additional funding is to be provided for the New South Wales Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit, which has received more than 4,000 calls since it was created.

Under-insurance of homes a major issue

81 per cent of renters and homeowners are exposed to financial loss because their home and contents insurance does not cover them to resume the same standard of living in the event of a crisis.

Search for prize-winning innovation for older people

A competition to find the best innovation to improve the quality of life for older people using the Internet of Things (IoT) has been launched today with a €50,000 cash prize for the winner.