Aged care royal commission: medication management and pill regimes in the spotlight

The complex question of care for older Australians has been under the spotlight since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety began late last year.

What Australia can learn from NZ’s older workforce

There’s a lot we can learn from the Kiwis about how we keep our older employees in the workforce, according to an Edith Cowan University (ECU) workplace expert.

Need to shore up the financial defences of older Australians

Abusers are being given a ‘free run’ while Australia waits for the introduction of standardised powers of attorney and the creation of a national register.

Older Australians taking multiple medicines may be putting health at risk

The number of Australians over the age of 70 taking five medicines or more a day has risen to nearly one million people and is increasing.

Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that's lower than prison

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety this week turned its attention to food and nutrition. The testimony of maggots in bins and rotting food in refrigerators was horrific.

LASA statement in response to proposal for staffing level disclosure

LASA has called on the Queensland Government to work with the Commonwealth and the other states and territories on a comprehensive national approach to staffing levels in aged care.

Independent inquiry into Earle Haven Retirement Village

The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, has today announced the terms of reference for an independent inquiry into the forced relocation last week of residents at the Earle Haven Retirement Village.

Aged care staff information to benefit Queensland’s elderly

All private aged care homes in Queensland will be asked to publicly report their staffing information under legislation proposed by the State Government.

Patients with a usual GP report better information sharing between providers

Patients without a usual General Practitioner are more likely to experience a lack of information sharing between their health providers, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

New guide to help people with disabilities

Western Australian Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson officially launched the Ability Centre's new 'Future Thinking: Disability, Ageing and a Good Life' website.

Qld nurses vote to pursue criminal investigation of Earle Haven

More than 350 Qld nurses and midwives voted on 17 July to pass an urgent and extraordinary motion to pursue the criminal investigation of Earle Haven management.

A better deal for ACT retirement village residents

Important changes to the laws governing retirement villages in the Australian Capital Territory came into effect on 1 July 2019.

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner appointed

Robert Fitzgerald AM has been appointed NSW’s first Ageing and Disability Commissioner, tasked with protecting adults with disability and older people.

Mistreatment results in malnutrition: the faceless abuser in aged care

Appearing before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Dietitians Association of Australia called for nutrition to be elevated within all aspects of aged care.

Healthy lifestyle may counteract genetic risk of dementia

Living a healthy lifestyle may help counteract a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new international research.

Cuts to deeming rates

About 1 million Australians will benefit from a $600 million boost across the next four years following the Morrison Government’s decision to cut deeming rates.

Preventive drugs press pause on frailty in older Australians

Older Australians are being cautioned to consult their doctor before stopping the use of preventive medicines in a bid to reduce frailty and adverse health outcomes among older people.

Aging populations threaten G20 fiscal sustainability, says taskforce

The Think20 (T20) Task Force on Aging Population recommended introducing greater means testing for social security payments, easy-to-understand financial products, such as lifetime annuities, and universal access to healthcare and long-term care for the elderly.

Royal Commission to focus on food, nutrition and care quality in Cairns

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

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.