Law backs doctors who prescribe opioids to the dying

Some doctors fear litigation and professional ruin if they are seen to have overprescribed opioids to terminally ill patients, according to a University of Queensland researcher.

Return unused prescription opioids to your local pharmacy

Nearly 150 people are hospitalised in Australia every day as a result of the adverse effects of opioid pain medicines.

Noninvasive test improves detection of aggressive prostate cancer

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Toronto have identified a new biomarker found in urine that can help detect aggressive prostate cancer.

Earle Haven aged care facility abandonment fuels anger

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck has expressed deep concern and anger that Earle Haven residents were left as they were yesterday.

Health Service dementia-friendly plans recognised

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) in Perth has officially been recognised as a ‘Working Towards Dementia-Friendly Organisation’ by Dementia Australia.

The muscle-wasting condition 'sarcopenia' is now a recognised disease

As we grow older, the size and strength of our muscles progressively deteriorates. This can affect our capacity to perform everyday activities like standing up from a chair, climbing stairs or carrying groceries.

Education, intelligence may protect cognition, but don’t prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

In a search for clues to what may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report that more educated people aren’t protected from the disease, but do get a cognitive “head start” that may keep their minds functioning better temporarily.

Living longer shouldn’t mean living lonelier

Cheer up the Lonely Day this Thursday, 11th July is a timely reminder of the challenge to sustain social connections in an ageing population.

Wellbeing program boosts staff morale in aged care

Recognising the emotional, physical and mental stresses that can be placed on team members working in the health industry, New South Wales aged care provider, Peninsula Villages has recently implemented a new team wellbeing program.

National Suicide Prevention Adviser appointed

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the appointment of Christine Morgan as the new National Suicide Prevention Adviser.

Decline in financial performance impacting aged care

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) says figures released last Friday by the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) show that expenses of residential care providers have increased faster than income.

New aged care service for Nhulunbuy

The Federal Government is providing over $20 million to build a new aged care service for Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land.

Study probes how to tell elderly patients not to bother with cancer screening

Over the past decades, the idea that all adults should get regularly screened for cancer — with mammograms, colonoscopies and prostate specific antigen blood tests — has been conveyed to the public time after time.

Ending needless chemotherapy for breast cancer

A diagnostic test developed at The University of Queensland might soon determine if a breast cancer patient requires chemotherapy or would receive no benefit from this gruelling treatment.

Royal Commission Darwin and Cairns hearing - quality of care, quality of life

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Darwin from Monday 8 July 2019 to Friday 12 July 2019 and in Cairns from Monday 15 July 2019 to Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Grandparents raising kids need more support

A James Cook University study of the challenges grandparents face when acting as carers of their grandchildren has found they are in dire need of more support, and they are not seen as key to decisions made about their grandchildren.

Young leaders taking action to shape the future of age services

The next generation of leaders in aged care are mobilising to start shaping the future of age services in Australia.

ScoMo stop exploiting seniors

First it was franking credit scares and now deeming rates.

Why older Australians are more trusting, and what that means for them

Populations around the world are ageing rapidly. Almost one in four people will be aged 60 or more by 2050. This growing cohort of older adults is often portrayed as too trusting – why should this be so?

Tackling the growing problem of loneliness and isolation

A program to address social isolation and reduce burden on the health care system is being trialled in Australia, thanks to a partnership led by The University of Queensland.

Dietitians a link to aged care quality

Commencing 1 July 2019, Commonwealth subsidised residential aged care homes are required to report on unplanned weight loss, pressure injuries and use of physical restraint, under the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program.