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.

ACT hearing impaired to receive smoke alarms

Specialised smoke alarms will be installed for free in the homes of deaf and hearing impaired Canberrans.

Uber support for seniors an Australian first

NSW seniors will have access to discounted rides with an Australia first alliance between ride-sharing service Uber and the New South Wales Government.

Global diabetes report shows Australia must act

Australia should do more to prevent diabetes and provide better care for those living with the disease, according to an author of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first global diabetes report.

Death of a partner increases risk of irregular heartbeat

The death of a partner is linked to a heightened risk of developing an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation—itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure.

Transperth free public transport a seniors favoutite

Seniors in Western Australia are staying connected to their communities for longer, taking more than nine million free off-peak trips on Transperth services in 2015.

Physical and mental exercises protect memory by rewiring the brain

Researchers have revealed that progressive resistance exercise (high intensity strength training) and computerised cognitive training (brain training) produce brain changes that help explain their therapeutic value.

Caution! diagnosis creep

An editorial in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber suggests that some guidelines prepared by expert panels are broadening definitions of disease. This means more and more healthy people are being labelled as ‘sick’.

SA Stolen Generations reparations scheme now open

The South Australian Government’s Stolen Generations reparations fund was open for applications on 31 March 2016, following the completion of guidelines for the scheme.

Victoria responds to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Victorian Government will overhaul its broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

Smoke alarms are no April Fools Day joke

Australians are urged to be smart about their safety this April Fool’s Day and change their home’s smoke alarm batteries today.

A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

The Federal Government will change care services for Australians with chronic diseases and complex conditions – aiming to keep them out-of-hospital and living at home.

Men not calling the National Dementia Helpline

Men with a diagnosis of dementia or men who are caring for a person with dementia could be missing out on support and information as only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.

Many older Australian households asset rich, income poor

Asset rich but income poor is the story for nearly one-third of older Australians in low income households, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Reflecting on keepsakes to help seniors stave off loneliness

Socially isolated seniors in regional New South Wales will explore the meaning of the precious objects in their lives.