Tackling COVID-19 in aged care

Minister of Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, said a forum today in Canberra offered reassurance and practical advice to providers about the COVID-19 problem.

International Women’s Day shines a light on ageism in the workforce

34% of Australian women have experienced ageism in the workforce, and the number is increasing.1

Anzac Day services 2020 – overseas planning

In the lead-up to Anzac Day 2020, members of the public who are planning to attend services overseas are encouraged to register their attendance and travel plans.

Adding five healthy years to UK life expectancy – how to achieve it

By 2050, the world’s over-65s will outnumber the under-15s for the first time in history. The root cause of this is simple: infant mortality has decreased.

Implementing high-quality palliative care in nursing homes

The world’s largest primary palliative care trial in nursing homes has shown moderate increases in the quality of end-of-life care delivered in the last month of life.

Victorian Guardianship Reforms now law

New legislation will commence from 1 March 2020, to better protect the rights of adults with a disability to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Dementia Australia releases national Dementia Guide

Dementia Australia is proud to launch The Dementia Guide, a comprehensive resource to support people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Power of attorney appointment does not license early access to inheritance

Understanding your responsibilities if you have a power of attorney appointment for your parents is as much about ethical as well as legal responsibilities, Australia’s leading trustee company, Equity Trustees, has cautioned.

Older and poorer: Retirement Income Review can't ignore the changing role of home

The assumption that retired people have minimal housing costs underpins the settings of our retirement incomes system.

Age-friendly communities grants WA

More than $190,000 will be made available to 18 Western Australian organisations, including local governments, to implement age-friendly, positive ageing and dementia-friendly strategies.

Aged Care Royal Commission Adelaide Hearing 4 – 4 March 2020

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a hearing in Adelaide on the morning of Wednesday 4 March 2020 for the purpose of hearing submissions from Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Gray QC, on aged care program redesign.

Bushfire donations helping volunteer to help the community

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) volunteers will receive a suite of upgrades and new equipment thanks to more than $3.1 million donated during the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Queensland Seniors Month – Apply for a chance to share in $100,000

This year will mark the 60th anniversary of celebrating Queensland’s seniors with the festivities to be held over the entire month of August 2020.

Mortality from all causes over 40 per cent higher in female domestic abuse survivors

Women who have experienced domestic abuse appear to be more than 40 per cent more likely to die from any cause compared to the general population.

ADA backs Senator's calls for better publicly-funded dental care

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is calling on the Commonwealth Government to support calls by Senator Stirling Griff to provide more Medicare-funded dental care for all children, pensioners and welfare recipients.

ANMF welcomes senior counsel’s calls for minimum staffing in aged care

The ANMF, supports the recommendations of Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Rozen, to the Aged Care Royal Commission today for mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix in the system.

Three million Australians in poverty – report

The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released today by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows more than one in eight adults and one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia.

Pharmacists in Aged Care project - Strathalbyn

A new program designed to improve the health care of aged care residents in Strathalbyn has demonstrated how integrating pharmacists into the care team improves treatment outcomes and reduces medication related harm.

Critical need for a national residential aged care malnutrition audit

Malnutrition is a serious issue within aged care in Australia, silently abusing a substantial number of older Australians. Despite this, the true extent of this issue is unknown due to a lack in national data on the prevalence of malnutrition in aged care.

'I will euthanise myself before I go into aged care': how aged care is failing LGBTI+ people

Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people fear discrimination, exclusion and isolation in Australia’s aged care services, we found in our research.

Mediterranean diet promotes ‘healthy ageing’ in older people

Eating a Mediterranean diet for a year boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to ‘healthy’ ageing, while reducing those associated with harmful inflammation in older people.