How coronavirus exposes the way we regard ageing and old people

The elderly have come to occupy a central place in our news bulletins these days. Headlines were quick to inform the public that the highest mortality rate from COVID-19 is in people aged 70 and over.

Australians 65 and older first to access influenza vaccine - FLUAD® Quad

Seqirus Australia welcomes the listing of FLUAD® Quad (Inactivated Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen), Adjuvanted) on the 2020 National Immunisation Program (NIP), for adults aged 65 and older.

Parliamentary inquiry recommends voluntary assisted dying in Queensland

A long-running parliamentary inquiry into end of life related issues has recommended that a scheme to allow voluntary assisted dying is legislated in Queensland.

Hotel rooms pilot to protect WA rough sleepers from COVID-19

The Western Austrlaian Government is moving to protect some of the most vulnerable members of the WA community from the impacts of COVID-19.

Robodebts should be cancelled

After revelations that the government reportedly owes 450,000 people more than half a billion dollars in false robodebts, ACOSS calls on the government to immediately cancel all robodebts and refund the money plus interest.

JobKeeper payment to keep Australians in jobs

The Federal Government will provide a wage subsidy to around 6 million workers who will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.

Protecting our ageing population from COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new virus, causing respiratory illness with flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever and aches and pains. But, unlike flu symptoms, which progress relatively quickly, the symptoms for COVID-19 may progress more slowly taking several days to get worse.

Aged care activities pause due to COVID-19

With considerable resources from the Aged Care sector and Government now required in the campaign to keep Senior Australians safe during the COVID-19 outbreak – several long term measures will be put on hold for at least six months.

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19

The Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Hon G T Pagone QC, calls upon all in the Australian community, including aged care providers, to be vigilant about the many impacts of, and responses to, COVID19.

Intergenerational care practice may offer future career pathways

New career pathways in intergenerational care practice may be the way of the future according to Griffith University researchers.

1 in 10 with epilepsy sustain serious physical injuries

Call to improve community awareness, support & response to seizures this Purple Day®

Update your medicines list now – you’ll need it if you go to hospital

If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take.

Frontline workers face life insurance claims denials

Five super funds continue to hit new members with pandemic exclusions.

Stockpile on sleep, not supermarket staples to protect from COVID-19

As panic-buyers continue to leave supermarket shelves bare, University of South Australia sleep experts are reminding people that it’s sleep that they need to stockpile if they want to ensure the best possible health during the pandemic.

Tips to stay active at home during the COVID-19 crisis

With many people now self-isolating and social distancing at home, the need to stay active has never been greater.

Parliamentary inquiry report into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care

The report of the committee inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care was tabled in the Queensland Parliament on 24 March 2020.

New research offers fresh hope for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

A global team of researchers has discovered a new biomarker that could be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease decades before symptoms emerge.

Making future medical decisions

National Advance Care Planning Week starts today encouraging Australians to plan their future care. But it prompts the questions - what does this mean in a time of COVID-19 and is now the right time?

Staying active in self-isolation quarantine or working from home

As more and more Australians find themselves isolated at home due to COVID-19, the Heart Foundation is offering tips for staying active when alone and in confined spaces.

New aged care sector funding

The National Cabinet agreed on temporary funding to support Aged Care providers, residents, staff and families, on 20 March.

Aged Care Royal Commission suspends hearings and workshops

The Commissioners have decided to suspend all hearings and workshops for the time being, subject to ongoing review.