New Aged Care Complaints Commissioner
Australia’s ‘independent’ Aged Care Complaints Commissioner starts work this week, to handle and investigate any complaint relating to a Commonwealth subsidised residential or home-based aged care service.
National Carer Gateway launched
A new government carer gateway will make it easier for carers to access practical information and advice, and to connect with services in their local area.
Discounted PBS prescriptions start
1 January 2016 marks the start of competition reforms by which pharmacists are able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Government’s PBS by up to $1.
Breast cancer spread by rogue milk-producing protien
A protein that controls milk production in the breast after pregnancy can ‘go rogue’ in breast cancer and drive the spread of cancer cells to the lungs.
Gold Opal cards available to interstate seniors
All Australian seniors will be able to enjoy the benefits of the NSW Gold Opal public transport card with applications open for around 480,000 seniors living interstate.
Driver fatigue – fact and fiction
There are a number of misconceptions about the affect of fatigue on driving and what can be done to make driving safer.
No fault genes the secret to long life
Old folks who make it to their 100th birthday can thank their genetic makeup rather than a healthy lifestyle.
A new language - your New Year's resolution
As the champagne corks pop at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown, it’s the perfect time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in 2016.
Changes to common over-the-counter medicines
Some over-the-counter medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will be removed from the Scheme listing from 1 January 2016.
Seniors plan framing the future for older Territorians
The Northern Territory Government has released its Draft Seniors Participation Framework which lays the foundations for future policies and initiatives to support the NT’s ageing population.
Telecross REDi before the next heatwave
Older South Australians and those with chronic illness, particularly if they live alone, are urged to register now for a free phone service to check on their safety during extreme heat events.
Tips to help older relatives and friends enjoy the holiday season
The festive season can provoke positive and negative feelings in people of all ages, but can pose particular challenges for some older people.
New VIC clinic to fight glaucoma
The Victorian Government will allocate $200,000 in a new clinic providing specialist preventive care for patients at risk of glaucoma.
Caring for Ageing Rural Australians grants
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal today announced 44 recipients of grants through its Caring for Ageing Rural Australians program.
More Australians reaching 100
More Australians than ever before are qualifying for birthday wishes from the Queen, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
Only lonely for some
Living alone can make some people feel lonelier and less satisfied with life, according to new research released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Loneliness can be a killer
A new study from the United States’ National Institutes of Health shows that loneliness can increase the risk of premature death in older adults by as much as 14%, Forbes reports.
Marrakesh Treaty helps vision impaired to access books
Australia has joined an international treaty that will help an estimated 285 million people with vision impairment worldwide enjoy greater access to books and overcome copyright barriers.
Updated online service to help non-English speakers find interpreters
Non-English speakers can find information about how to access interpreting services in Australia more easily with theupdated TIS National’s website.
Being happy won't make you live longer
A new study has challenged the widespread, but mistaken, notion that unhappiness and stress cause ill health and found that being happy won't make you live longer.
'No-drill' dentistry stops tooth decay
Tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional 'fill and drill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades.
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