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.

$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.

Resistance training benefits older women just as much as older men

Sure, everything might come down to sex – but not when strength training is concerned.

Greater Brisbane’s COVID-19 lockdown ends at 6pm 11 January

The need for some precautions will remain in the Greater Brisbane hotspot, and for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since 2 January until 21 January 2021.

Energy rebates could put cash back in vulnerable Queenslanders’ pockets

Vulnerable Queenslanders are being urged to check their eligibility to receive the Government’s electricity and gas rebates worth up to $416 per year.

Call for more culturally appropriate health and aged care for older Aboriginal Australians

A new study has found that the majority of older Aboriginal Australians are avoiding mainstream health and aged care services, as they feel safer using services that are governed and delivered by Aboriginal communities.

NT Concession and Seniors Recognition Schemes go online

Members of the Northern Territory Concessions Scheme (NTCS) and Northern Territory Seniors Recognition Scheme (NTSRS) may now undertake their annual renewals on a new online portal launching today.

Costs of informal end of life care are larger than formal care services

A study into the costs of informal end of life care found that in the UK, Ireland and the US, care provided by informal carers - family and friends - accounted for more than half of total care costs in the last three months of life.