Grandparents help prevent youth homelessness

During Homelessness Week 2016, the national youth homelessness prevention charity Kids Under Cover is recognising and identifying the vital, yet hidden, support networks that help prevent youth homelessness.

Older Austrlaians can be organ donors and save lives too

This DonateLife Week (31 July - 7 August) Australians are urged to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online to help end the wait for those in need of a life-saving transplant.

High temperatures may increase skin cancer threat

Exposure to ultra-violet (UV) light has long been established as the main cause of skin cancer.

Alzheimer's genetics point to new research direction

A University of Adelaide analysis of genetic mutations which cause early-onset Alzheimer’s disease suggests a new focus for research into the causes of the disease.

Weight loss surgery associated with increased fracture risk

Severely obese patients undergoing weight loss surgery are more likely to have increased fracture risks both before and after the surgical procedure compared to obese and non-obese people people who don’t need surgery.

How far off is a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

Anyone who has ever visited a doctor’s office is familiar with the use of blood tests for the diagnosis of various diseases.

NT Literary Awards winners announced

The winners of the Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony at Parliament House.

Don't be caught by dodgy super tax schemes

The Australian Taxation Office has seen an increase in aggressive retirement tax planning schemes as over one-third of Australians approach retirement and wish to maximise their retirement income.

WA dementia-friendly guidelines an Australian first

A new set of guidelines directing the creation of dementia-friendly communities in Western Australia is the first of its kind in Australia.

Don't miss out on viral hepatitis treatment

Lives could be transformed by medicines that are now available to treat a deadly virus, but only if people speak to their doctor about breakthrough hepatitis C therapies that can cure in as little as 12 weeks.

Researching the challenges of aged care for people with dementia

Increasing the understanding of community aged care for people with dementia is the focus of new research by Griffith University.

Grey dawn or the twilight years? Let’s talk about growing old

The most recent National Press Club forum on aged care has once again put the spotlight on the “longevity revolution” and attitudes towards Australia’s ageing population.

Dose of nature is just what the doctor ordered

People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t.

Exercise as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with knee damage

Exercise therapy is as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with a common type of knee injury known as meniscal tear, finds a study in The BMJ this week.

Don’t just blame older Australians for increased hospital demand

Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon last week headed his list of reasons for increased pressure on the health system with population ageing.

Dementia care model focusing on enablement and independence launched

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus has launched an Australian-first, revolutionary dementia care model that is set to transform the way it cares for residents living with dementia.

Elderly couples are the wealthiest households

The wealthiest households in Australia are couples over 65, who have experienced a partly property related real increase in median net wealth of almost 70% since 2002.

Bowel Cancer Screening monitoring report 2016

The new report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) found that in 2014, for those screened, 7% had a positive result warranting further assessment.

Unattended kitchen appliances a recipe for fire disaster

This winter, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is reminding residents to be vigilant in the most fire prone room of the house – the kitchen.

Women are staying in workforce longer due to changes in pension age

Increasing the pension age from 61 to 65 for women – making it the same access age for men – results in women spending longer in the labour force rather than seeking other welfare payments.

Housing affordability crisis creates spiral of disadvantage

New research has highlighted that while many house-shifters are upgrading homes and living standards, housing affordability is sorting many of the most disadvantaged into areas with fewer opportunities.