Senate Committee finds Government must permanently increase income support
The Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee has issued its report on the “Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia”.
Debit cards to be issued by banks to isolated or vulnerable customers
Australian banks will issue a record number of debit cards (Mastercard or VISA debit) to customers who don’t have them – without request.
Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector.
eSafety courses to keep senior Australians connected during COVID-19
Free daytime internet provided sessions (webinars) are now available to help improve the online skills of Senior Australians as they turn to the internet to access online services and connect with loved.
Personal monitoring technology for senior Australians
The Federal Government is helping more Senior Australians access personal monitoring technology during self-isolation.
Law Council calls on government to adopt core design principles for tracing app
With the government’s COVID-19 tracing app in development, the Law Council of Australia is calling for the adoption of core design principles to be included within the legislative framework, designed to govern the operation of the app.
Don't let your debt spiral - seek free help now
The National Debt Helpline (NDH) is urging people in financial distress to seek independent and free advice as soon as possible.
Isolating does not have to mean isolated
Dementia Australia has called on the community, including health and aged care staff, to work together to maintain engagement with people impacted by dementia during this time of isolation.
Spotlight on drug use in aged care
Residential aged care providers should rethink use of psychotropic medicines according to researchers behind the latest research in South Australia.
‘Pre-frailty’ from age 40 – what to look out for
With all eyes on avoiding major illness this year, health researchers are urging people as young as 40 to build physical and mental health to reduce or even avoid ‘frailty’ and higher mortality risk.
Aged care visitation directive
The Australian Government is determined to ensure a safe environment exists in aged care facilities while care continues to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Free COVID-19 support line for Senior Australians
Senior Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call support line aimed at supporting the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 fears lead to patients wrongly stopping GP visits
The Australian Patients Association (APA) has urged patients with chronic and undiagnosed health issues to continue to visit their local GP amid concerns patients were staying away from GP clinics for fear of potentially contracting COVID-19.
Growing number are turning to alcohol during COVID-19
Psychologists are urging Australians to seek help for their mental health and wellbeing, as the worrying trend of increase in alcohol consumption suggests many are struggling to cope with the current isolation and anxiety of the COVID-19 crisis.
Alzheimer's: the 'switch-on moment' discovered
The past three decades saw a dramatic improvement in our understanding of what brings about Alzheimer’s disease. Two proteins are thought to be responsible: amyloid and tau.
Use of health services in the last year of life by people with dementia
In one of the first studies of its kind in Australia, the use of health services by people with dementia in their last year of life has been examined in a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Primary Health Networks mobilise for flu vaccination season
Staff and residents of aged care facilities across Australia are being urged to roll up their sleeves for flu vaccinations under a sweeping campaign to protect their health.
Aged care COVID-19 testing in Tasmania
The Federal Government will act immediately to test for COVID-19 at three aged care facilities across Tasmania’s North West Coast as the campaign to stop the spread of the virus continues.
Employers need to get ready for JobKeeper now
The new JobKeeper Payment has passed through parliament and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is working to assist businesses to access the scheme, helping them to retain their employees.
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