Family conflict and isolation are top risk factors for elder abuse

A history of family conflict, living alone or being isolated and dependent on others are the three key risk factors for elder financial abuse Griffith University research has found.

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.

Working outdoors linked to lower risk of breast cancer among older women

Working outdoors over many years is linked to a lower risk of breast cancer in women after the age of 50, finds research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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.

Call for greater support for carers within community services

Carers Australia is urging the Federal Government to provide greater support to carers after new figures released by the Productivity Commission show decreasing levels of satisfaction amongst primary carers.

Dietitians in aged care: a recipe to save millions

Engaging Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) to support food and nutrition in aged care is projected to save more than $80 million per year which would otherwise be spent on costly malnutrition treatment.

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.