Due for a heart attack? Have a Medicare-funded Heart Health Check

Data released by the Heart Foundation reveal more than two thirds of Australian adults - almost 13 million people, or 69.1 per cent - have at least three risk factors for the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.

Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients

Close to 20 per cent of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.

Link between age and different subtypes of bowel cancer

A study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has for the first time identified that bowel cancer has five distinct subtypes that are closely related to a patient’s age.

Aged care Royal Commission opens Facebook page

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is now on Facebook.

WA input urged on voluntary assisted dying legislation

South metropolitan area Western Australia residents are urged to attend a forum to have their say on voluntary assisted dying legislation, to be introduced to State Parliament later in 2019.

Benchmarks for aged care work conditions needed

A report released on 24 April has called for urgent reform of the working conditions in the aged care sector, which will address the stories emerging from the aged care royal commission.

Aged Care Commission Chief Clinical Advisor

The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has appointed Dr Melanie Wroth as its first Chief Clinical Advisor.

Need to identify and treat pseudodementia

A systematic review by researchers has highlighted the significant burden of pseudodementia, which can have a similar effect on patients and their families as organic dementia.

New Aged Care Quality Standards video

A new 30-minute educational video for service providers has been produced to support their efforts to ensure compliance with new Aged Care Quality Standards.

WA Budget increases funds for elder abuse

The 2019-20 Western Australia Budget will provide a $1.2 million boost to raise awareness of elder abuse, with the WA Elder Abuse Helpline to receive more resources to support its work tackling the growing issue.

The best built environment is designed for ageing and disability

Home modifications can help delay institutional care, creating benefits for the individual, the taxpayer and the healthcare system.

Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement.

Study finds a lack of adequate hydration among the elderly

Dehydration could lead to other health problems, such as infections and falls.

Family members could play a role in identifying dementia signs before diagnosis

A new study has revealed that family caregivers and professional care assistants can retrospectively identify signs of dementia in those who go on to develop the condition.

Older Australians suffering due to political inaction on Newstart

National Seniors Australia, COTA Australia and The Benevolent Society have issued a joint statement about the importance of Newstart Allowance to older workers.

ACCC shows Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission the way on BUPA

The spanking new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has been shown up for what it is: an already tired re-iteration of its predecessor – CPSA.

Bupa Aged Care in Court for alleged misrepresentations about services

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court alleging Bupa Aged Care Australia Pty Ltd (Bupa) made false or misleading representations to its aged care residents in 21 homes.

Goodwin commits to new Retirement Living Code of Conduct

Goodwin Aged Care Services will become a signatory to the Retirement Living Code of Conduct as part of its commitment to providing high-quality accommodation and services to senior Australians.

Group-walking activities trial shows increased physical activity in retirement villages

A new Curtin University trial has helped older Australians living in retirement villages increase their levels of walking and minimise the time they sit down by introducing group-walking activities.

Growing nerves to restore erectile function after prostate removal

Plastic surgeon Professor Chris Coombs knows whether his new surgical technique has worked as soon as a patient walks into his office. “They’re confident, they sit up straight and they’re smiling. They think it’s grouse.”

Retiree home ownership is about to plummet

Australia’s retirement incomes system has been built on the assumption that most retirees would own their home outright.