Aged Care Complaints Commissioner wants to hear concerns
The Federal Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Rae Lamb, appeared on television news last night to say that anyone can raise concerns about Australian Government funded aged care services.
Online tool to access skin cancer risk
Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have developed an online tool to predict the risk for people aged 40 and over of developing non-melanoma skin cancers.
DVDs provide access to lifesaving information for hard-of-hearing
Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults will now have easy access to potentially lifesaving information following the launch of specially formatted fire safety and first aid information DVDs.
Participation in free bowel screening preventing deaths
In a renewed bid to cut the incidence of bowel cancer, the Australian Government today launched A Gift for Living campaign, as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Retirement is good for your health
A study led by University of Sydney has found that people become more active, sleep better and reduce their sitting time when they retire.
Dementia carers contemplate suicide
Research has found that one in four people who provide care for a family member with dementia have contemplated suicide more than once in the last year.
Dementia and medicines - understanding your options
Alzheimer’s Australia and NPS MedicineWise have launched a new campaign to educate people living with dementia—and people involved in their care—about their rights when it comes to treatment options.
Senate Report into the Mental Health of Defence Force Members and Veterans released
The Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s report into the mental health of ADF members and veterans has been released for the Government's consideration.
Safe phones for domestic violence victims
The Federal Government is providing $2.5 million to the WESNET to distribute smartphones, and provide training to frontline services to help domestic violence victims understand how to use their smart phone safely.
3D ‘dementia-friendly home’ app to assist carers
A 3D Dementia-Friendly Home app for tablets has been launched by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic today to provide carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia.
High daily coffee consumption may lower MS risk
Drinking a lot of coffee every day—more than 900 ml (30 fluid ounces) or around six cups—is linked to a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis.
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.
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