Addressing registered nursing shortfall in aged care

A nursing expert says COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the shortage of registered nurses in aged care sector and, without interventions, the shortfall and care of residents will only get worse.

Release of COVID-19 infection data in aged care

The Commonwealth Government has releases a data snapshot of residential aged care facilities which have recorded COVID-19 infections.

Investigating the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in aged care

A national consortium of researchers led by co-director of Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults, Professor Sunil Bhar is conducting a study to understand the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on aged care residents and staff.

Grandparent-grandchildren video calls are vital during COVID-19

COVID-19 has seen a huge increase in video calling as we try to socially distance but still stay in touch.

Lifestyle changes could beat Alzheimer's

It may be possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease for those already experiencing cognitive decline, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).

Royal Commission to inquire into financing regulation in aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a hearing to inquire into the financing and sustainability of future improvements to the aged care system, funding models to support aged care and the prudential regulation of providers.

Trauma linked to cognitive decline in adults

New research by psychology professor Margie Lachman's lab shows long-lasting effects on brain performance from child- and adulthood trauma.

Research explores stress of unaffordable and insecure housing on older renters

New Research by Western Sydney University finds that older women who rent are struggling in an insecure and unaffordable rental market.

Financial transparency in aged care

An independent report on aged care providers' financial information says that there is insufficient financial transparency about the use of funds from Government and people in care, which in 2018–19 totalled approximately $25 billion.1

'Uprooting, no matter how small a plant you are, is a trauma': older women renters are struggling

Older women renters are struggling in an insecure and unaffordable rental housing market. A combination of high rents and low incomes leaves many living in substandard housing and unable to afford necessities like food and energy bills.

Musculoskeletal Australia launches first national consumer-driven survey

Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK) will conduct the largest consumer-driven survey of people living with musculoskeletal conditions, or those caring for them.

Dementia education - an age-friendly future starts with our kids

School-based dementia education could deliver much needed empathy and understanding for older generations.

Collaborative housing for women over 55 living on their own

A new model for collaborative housing designed for women over 55 living on their own is being pioneered by retirement village operator and aged care provider IRT Group.

Report reveals lack of comprehensive planning for last stage of life - COTA NSW

"Our societal reluctance to discuss death and dying impacts us all."

The best script is what matters to you

Social prescribing, which involves the referral of patients to non-medical activities to supplement conventional care, should become a standard part of Australian health care, three national health organisations say.

Developing transport technology with people living with dementia

Researchers from The University of Queensland are recruiting people living with dementia, along with their carers, to help with a study exploring emerging transport technologies.

Urgent call for older Queenslanders to volunteer for COVID-19 study

A call to arms has gone out to Queenslanders aged 56 and over to help advance The University of Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine project.

Blueprint to fund decent aged care released

Australia can transform the quality of its aged care system in just four years - Health Services Union.

Additional aged care sector funding announced

The Australian Government will provide an additional $563.3 million to extend support for the aged care sector’s response to COVID-19, announced in March and subsequently as part of the Aged Care response plan.

Only 25% of older Australians have an advance care plan. Coronavirus makes it even more important

Older adults and those with chronic health conditions share an increased risk of experiencing severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19.

View from The Hill: The role of 'profit' is the elephant in the aged care room

Scott Morrison finds himself besieged on two fronts in the political war over aged care.