Tougher SA laws on paid carers and powers of attorney needed to protect the elderly from abuse
Law firm Maurice Blackburn is urging the South Australian Government to adopt a law reform recommendation to ban paid carers from being used as powers of attorney, describing it as an important safeguard against elder abuse.
Push for change to elder abuse laws to prevent false claims
Disgruntled relatives can win inheritance battles under ‘abuse’ pretence.
Financial means and quality in residential aged care
New research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety investigates whether the quality of aged care facilities varies with residents’ financial means.
Keeping Victoria's healthcare workers healthy
A new virtual support centre for healthcare workers will make sure those who dedicate their time to caring for Victorians have access to physical and mental health support when they need it.
173,000 broken bones prompts an urgent call to prioritise bone health
Osteoporosis Australia announced its official rebrand as ‘Healthy Bones Australia’ today (Tuesday, February 9) to reinforce the importance of prevention.
Aged Care Voluntary Industry Code of Practice
The Australian Government congratulated the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council on its official launch of the Voluntary Industry Code of Practice.
New aged care data on hospitalisation rates show significant problem areas in residential aged care
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released new data comparing hospitalisation rates from residential aged care facilities. The report found 36.9% of nursing home residents presented to an emergency department at least once in 2018-19.
New Victorian laws to protect retirement village residents
The Victorian Government is making it easier for former retirement village residents to recover money owed to them, if the owner of the village becomes bankrupt or insolvent.
Active Ingredient Prescribing makes medication easier
The introduction on 1 February of Active Ingredient Prescribing will help clarify consumers’ understanding of the medicines they are prescribed, the Consumers Health Forum says.
Hospitalisation rates in residential aged care 2018 - 2019
New research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety shows the rates of hospitalisation of aged care facility residents aged 65 years or more.
National standard for NDIS worker screening
From 1 February 2021, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening Check will start to replace the different screening arrangements operating in each state and territory, setting a single national standard for all NDIS workers.
Smoking killing one-in-three First Nations people
Smoking causes 50 per cent of deaths among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged 45 years and over, and 37 per cent of deaths at any age, according to a new study from The Australian National University (ANU).
Clamping down on abuse of Powers of Attorney
The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of Adelaide is recommending changes to South Australian law and practice regarding Powers of Attorney.
Senior Australian of the Year 2021
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu and a renowned artist, activist, writer and public speaker has been announced as the Senior Australian of the year 2021 on Australia Day.
COVID lockdowns drove older Australians into energy poverty
Many of us who endured lockdowns in Australia are familiar with the surge in energy bills at home. But for older Australians who depend on the Age Pension for income, lockdowns drove many deeper into “energy poverty”.Some faced up to 50% higher bills than in 2019, as a result of COVID.
Commonwealth Home Support Programme growth funding
The Commonwealth Government will provide up to $124.4m in additional CHSP grants across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.
Testosterone can help prevent type 2 diabetes in men
The largest investigation of testosterone treatment ever undertaken has shown that, over and above the effect of a lifestyle program, treatment with testosterone prevents or reverses newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes in men.
$44 million to extend dementia training, education and support
The Australian Government will extend grant agreements for programs providing support, training and education for services and individuals caring for people living with dementia.
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