Loneliness and isolation linked to heart disease and stroke

Loneliness and social isolation are linked to around a 30 per cent increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease the leading causes of illness and death in high income countries.

Federal public dental services funding doubled

The Federal Government will provide the largest Commonwealth investment in public dental services to ensure all children and adults with concession cards who need it most do not fall through the cracks.

WA Carers Strategy released

An online directory of services for Western Australia's 320,000 carers has been launched by the State Government, to achieve greater recognition and support for carers.

Could over 40,000 cancers in Australia be prevented?

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today launched Check Your Cancer Risk, an interactive online tool to help people understand how lifestyle factors can contribute to their risk of cancer.

SilverSport to help WA seniors get active

Eligible West Australian seniors will be given financial help to join sporting clubs or attend seniors physical activity classes under an innovative program announced today.

Mature Australia Party launched

The Mature Australia Party was registered by the Australian Electoral Commission as a political party on 14 April 2016 with the intention of standing candidates in the coming Federal election.

New guide to support carers

A new guide to help health professionals deliver improved support to those who care for someone with a mental illness has been launched today.

World-first blood test for Parkinson's

La Trobe University researchers have developed a world-first diagnostic blood test which could change the lives of people to be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Domestic strangulation an offence under QLD’s Criminal Code

The Queensland Government has passed laws to make non-fatal strangulation a separate offence under the Criminal Code, to strengthen the response to domestic and family violence.

Taking opportunities of an ageing population

Government, academia, business and the non-government sector have came together to discuss how NSW can seize opportunities created by an ageing population at a roundtable today.

Checking condom use in the over-50s

Investigations show that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the over-50 age group and could surpass the infection rates of younger people because of the low use of condoms.

What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.

How can we use foods as medicine?

At a time when food and nutrition information is at an all-time high, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about food-based recommendations for wellness.

Murri court opens in Rockhampton

The first of 13 Murri Courts was formally launched in Rockhampton to reinstate diversionary court options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.

Tapping the economic potential of SA’s ageing population

The State Government has commissioned the preparation of a Mature Economy Business and Jobs Strategy to explore the emerging economic potential of South Australia’s ageing population.

New support for VIC seniors

Victoria's Government today announced new initiatives to address loneliness and social isolation experienced by Victorian seniors and create more age-friendly communities.

Medicinal cannabis legalised in Victoria

Victorian patients and their families will be able to legally access medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances with the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 passing the Parliament today.

NSW GoGet launches carshare vehicle for people with disability

GoGet carshare is planning transport for people with a disability, launching a fully accessible carsharing vehicle, with the support of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).

Multiple sclerosis stopped in its tracks?

An international research team has demonstrated that a new plant-derived drug can block the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Avoidable early deaths costing Australian economy $15 billion annually

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the Australian economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP ).

Fighting off the blues by Ageing Wisely

A Macquarie University study has found that involvement in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group program, called Ageing Wisely, can help elderly people fight off depression and anxiety.