Amputations – 4,400 reasons to take diabetes seriously

More than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations are performed at Australian hospitals every year, most are preventable, and threaten the long-term viability of Australia’s health system.

Seniors supported to stay in the WA Wheatbelt

The Western Australia Government today announced a $23.3 million housing initiative which will enable senior residents to remain in their communities in the central and eastern Wheatbelt.

More VIC end-of-life wishes respected

More people with a terminal illness will be supported to die at home under the Victorian Government’s new End-of-Life and Palliative Care Framework.

Federal Court upholds Indigenous funeral insurance exploitation

A Federal Court decision has allowed for the continued exploitation of Indigenous Australians through dud Funeral Insurance schemes.

Chewing gum test could prevent blindness

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute have reported a simple ‘chewing gum’ test that could identify Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA), a disease that causes blindness, strokes and death.

Link between Alzheimer’s and gut bacteria?

Recent research with mice points to a link between the composition of gut flora and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Should we still be choosing fat-free over full-fat products?

Light or “lite”, 99% fat-free, reduced fat, low fat, less fat, reduced calorie, low calorie, lean, extra lean – are products with these labels always healthier?

Heater danger - a seasonal reminder

During the winter months the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner regularly receives complaints which highlight the need for care in using heaters in residential care services and the potential danger to residents.

Upgrade of VIC rural aged care services

The Victorian Government will fund $8 million in refurbishment to public sector residential aged care facilities across rural and regional Victoria.

Age-friendly Western Australia workshop

Three-quarters of West Australian seniors are now living in local governments that are actively working towards the establishment of age-friendly communities.

Why do some cancers suddenly disappear?

It is hard to believe that some cancers miraculously disappear, but it does happen.

Regular exercise protects against cognitive decline in later years

Regular exercise in middle age is the best lifestyle change a person can make to prevent cognitive decline in the later years, a landmark 20-year study has found.

USC seeks healthy older adults for brain training

A search is underway for healthy adults aged over 60 to join a University of the Sunshine Coast research project in Queensland to find a drug-free treatment for dementia – but there is a catch.

Downsizing preferred by more than 80% of older households

Australia’s housing stock is not meeting the demands of current and future markets, according to findings in a new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre report.

Struggles ahead for ageing Italian migrants

With half of Australia’s 185,000-strong Italian migrant population now over 65, issues concerning aged care, including access to services, are becoming more pressing for the Italian community.

Should osteoarthritis therapy target particular muscle segments?

La Trobe University researchers have discovered, using MRI scans, people with hip osteoarthritis suffer from shrinkage of a special group of deep gluteal muscle.

New plan to support Queensland seniors

Queensland is moves to become a more inclusive state, with the Government launching a new action plan to build more age-friendly communities.

Prioritising VIC sexual health and blood borne virus services

A plan to address hepatitis B, C, HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) cases in the ACT and increase access to sexual health services has been released today by Assistant Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris.

Butterfly Household Model of Care launches in Australia

A controversial model of dementia care, developed in the United Kingdom more than 20 years ago, will be piloted in three Australian aged care homes in July 2016.

Whole grains associated with lower risk of chronic diseases and death

A higher intake of whole grain foods is associated with reduced risk of major chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as lower risk of death from a range of diseases.

Assessment tool to help curb bone fractures

An Australian-first bone health self-assessment tool to help consumers understand their bone fracture risk, is available to all adults, including the 7.5 million Australians living with brittle bones.