Proposed Ballarat bed closures threaten older patients' care

The ANMF (Victorian Branch) says patient care for Ballarat and Grampians residents will be compromised by Ballarat Health Services’ proposal to close four beds on a ward for geriatric patients.

Consumer experience of residential aged care - report

The experiences of older Australians living in residential aged care have been analysed in a new report, released 16 December 2019, as a result of a partnership between the Royal Commission and the AIHW.

Give the gift of tech support this Christmas when buying devices for older people

A new survey reveals older Australians are most likely to seek tech advice from their adult children, but it’s not always service with a smile.

Reducing the health risks from drinking alcohol - consultation guidelines releases

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released revised guidelines on reducing health risks from drinking alcohol.

Sector warns of continuing risk of 2020 aged care emergency

The aged care sector warns that, with today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) flagging no additional direct investment for residential and home care, the risk of aged care emergencies looms large in 2020.

PM called on to protect equal pay funding for feminised caring sector

The Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network, representing the community sector across Australia, is calling on the Morrison Government to prevent impending cuts to community services.

Respite care provides broad relief for aged care sector

A new study by the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) suggests residential respite care is effective in helping older Australians remain in their own homes for longer.

Innovation needed for care in aged care

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that innovation and enhanced technology must be at the core of any reforms to improve the levels of care, compassion, and coordination in Australia’s aged care sector.

Workout frequency the most important factor in strength gains for women

It’s not necessarily the type of exercise that has the biggest impact on women’s strength gains, but how often they do it, a UNSW Sydney-led study has found.

Challenges for mature workers in Australia - report

A new report released by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) has found that many mature workers across Australia feel excluded in today’s workforce.

Older people need to stay hydrated – here's how

Dehydration is associated with a higher risk of ill health in older people, from having an infection, a fall or being admitted to hospital. But an appetite for food and drink can diminish as people age, so older people should drink regularly, even when they’re not thirsty.

‘Safety signals’ may help slow down anxiety

For as many as one in three people, life events or situations that pose no real danger can spark a disabling fear, a hallmark of anxiety and stress-related disorders.

Assisted dying laws pass WA Parliament

Western Australia has legalised voluntary assisted dying, with the laws officially passed by State Parliament on 10 December 2019.

Making a Mediterranean diet work Down Under

Barbecued, stir-fried or roasted, there’s no doubt that Aussies love their meat. Consuming on average nearly 100 kilograms of meat per person per year, Australians are among the top meat consumers worldwide.

Australian therapy for people living with dementia goes global

A home-based intervention program that uses music to help people with dementia is set to change lives worldwide.

Physical activity target needs updating for mental health

Global physical activity guidelines should be extended to ensure they have the best impact on mental as well as physical health, according to new research involving researchers from Victoria University of Wellington.

Commission to explore aged care and health care interface

At its Canberra hearing, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will be inquiring into the interfaces between aged care and the delivery of health care in the States and Territories.

Why ageing in a climate crisis challenges risk modelling

The combination of climate change and an ageing population has been described as a perfect storm.

Who will care for older people with an intellectual disability?

The vulnerability of adults with intellectual disability in our society has been underlined by new research showing the number of older parents ageing in tandem with their adult offspring with intellectual disability is increasing.

Private health insurance premiums to increase again

The Australian Government has approved increases in private health insurance ranging from 1.98% to 5.63% with a meaningless average increase of 2.92 per cent, from 1 April 2019.

Travelling is a risky business when health is overlooked

Australians heading overseas are ignoring potential health risks out of a desire to escape reality through travel, according to University of Queensland-led research.