Victorian Aged Care Response Centre

The Australian Government is establishing a Victorian Aged Care Response Centre to co-ordinate and expand resources to tackle the challenge of COVID-19 in age care services.

Australians willing to pay extra tax for higher-quality aged care

It’s often said the true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable members. By this measure, Australia is falling woefully short.

Antidepressant use more than doubles among over 65s in two decades

The proportion of people aged over 65 on antidepressants has more than doubled in two decades, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge and University of East Anglia (UEA).

Australians strongly support funding of high-quality aged care

New research by Flinders University shows Australians strongly support increased funding to ensure universal access to high-quality aged care services in the future.

Cost of Living support for seniors in Western Australia

More than 300,000 Western Australian seniors will receive extra cash in their bank account this month.

More QLD Government power bills relief

More than $400 million in Queensland Government COVID-19 relief has helped around 2.1 million Queensland households with their power and water bills - with more financial relief to come.

Innovative prostate cancer treatment

North-Ryde resident and retired principal, Rod Brooks, has become the first person in NSW to receive highly targeted cancer therapy using an MR Linac.

Deaths slightly higher than the historical average in April

A higher than average number of deaths were recorded in April, continuing the pattern evident at the end of March 2020, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Older Australians at risk unless oral care improved

Millions of older Australians will continue to risk developing chronic and life-threatening diseases and suffer unnecessarily unless current oral care health services are transformed.

Need to monitor diabetes management during the pandemic

This National Diabetes Week, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Diabetes Australia are urging Australians living with diabetes to look after their health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apathy not depression helps to predict dementia

Apathy offers an important early warning sign of dementia in individuals with cerebrovascular disease, but depression does not, research led by the University suggests.

Stroke numbers decline

Latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) figures show more Australians are now surviving stroke.

Support for Victoria's aged care residents and workers

Additional measures have been announced to ensure aged care providers are equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Why loneliness may be the biggest threat to survival and longevity

Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic aged care to-do list for the Federal Government

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) is calling on the Federal Government to direct private providers to increase their nursing, personal care, cleaning and support staff numbers following the COVID-19 outbreaks in Melbourne’s nursing homes.

Medication management in frail older people

An international collaboration has developed consensus principles for medication management in frail older people.

Stop the rot in older Australians’ oral health

Medicare-funded oral health check-ups for over-75s, access to daily oral hygiene measures and denture cleaning and more dental health education for aged care workers and carers must be introduced to stop the widespread and unacceptable neglect of older Australians’ oral care.

Five activities that can protect your mental and physical health as you age

No one is immune to developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer or arthritis as they get older. But research shows social activities, like joining clubs, interest groups or volunteering, are linked to better mental and physical health and a longer lifespan.

Blood-pressure medications could reduce prostate cancer recurrence rate

Alpha blockers (blood pressure medication) may reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence and delay the time to chemical relapse.

Additional testing support for Victorian residential aged care services

Five new COVID-19 testing teams will be deployed to test staff and residents in residential aged care services located across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

Older people at high risk of malnutrition due to low intake of meat and dairy

A recent study involving people over the age of 65 in New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands shows two thirds of the participants are at high risk of malnutrition.