Private health insurance increases 2021

The Minister for Health and Aged Care Mr Greg Hunt has negotiated private health insurance premiums increases from 0.5% to 5.47%.

High levels of dementia found in the Torres Strait

New research reveals dementia levels among Torres Strait Island residents are close to three times higher than those of the wider Australian population.

Report into COVID-19 outbreaks at St Basil’s and Epping Gardens

The Australian Government has released the findings of the independent review into COVID-19 outbreaks at two Victorian aged care facilities: Heritage Care’s Epping Gardens and St Basil’s Home for the Aged.

ROSA is delivering research to help older Australians make the best decisions about their health

The Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) is extending its efforts to deliver research with impact, by working closely with the community of older Australians.

Dehydration in older people – a fluids situation

With long, hot summer days ahead, the importance of staying well-hydrated can’t be overstated – especially among older people more prone to dehydration.

Who cares for care workers?

The intricacies of the employment-care work connection must be better factored into policy, a new expert report asserts. Now, more than ever, bolstered child, disability and aged care arrangements will benefit all Australians.

Funding for regional aged care infrastructure

Senior Australians in regional, rural and remote areas will benefit from the single largest investment in residential aged care infrastructure.

Digital divide, seniors locked out of essential services

Seniors are missing out on access to online banking, public safety alerts and essential government services because they don’t know how to use the latest digital media platforms, a new survey has found.

Australian College of Nursing aged care continual professional development

ACN has launched an aged care continual professional development series to support nurses’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Yes, older Australians need more home-care funding

Aged care in Australia is underfunded. As a consequence, many older Australians don’t have the support they need.

Morrison likely to elevate aged care to cabinet, as government boosts its funding by $1 billion

The government will inject a further $1 billion into aged care, most of it for home care packages, in Thursday’s budget update.

Older renters are lonely and struggling financially

A new publication released by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) into the impact of COVID-19 on renters shows that older renters are more lonely than before the pandemic and are struggling financially.

Enabling aged care residents and their families to come together over the holidays

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is calling on all aged care providers to enable and support their residents to be visited safely by family members and friends – especially over the holiday period.

Aged care homes “must not ruin Christmas” by barring visitors

Many older Australians are at risk of a ruined Christmas with a minority of rogue aged care providers still preventing them from seeing their loved ones, or excessively restricting visiting.

Aged Care policy reform crucial to attract workers

Work-related stress, lack of career progression and up-skilling opportunities are key deficiencies in Australia’s aged care sector.

Device aims to improve balance for hearing impaired

Researchers are investigating whether a device giving feedback on body position can improve balance and stability in older adults with hearing loss.

Know the signs of elder abuse this festive season

Queenslanders are being encouraged to recognise the signs of elder abuse and seek help over the Christmas period.

Seniors’ dental scheme must have expert input

A proposed scheme allowing older Australians to finally access affordable dental treatment must have the full input from dental practitioners and other key stakeholders, a coalition of peak oral health advocates has warned.

Aged care medication going unchecked

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has shown just one in five older Australians receive a government-funded medication review after entering an aged care facility.

Your Natter Matters: Ask R U OK?

R U OK? has launched a campaign to connect senior Australians through the ‘Gift of Conversation’.

Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.