Putting pain services on the map

Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has today launched Painaustralia’s National Pain Services Directory at Parliament House.

Social needs of older people unmet by aged care workers

A joint study finds unsettling evidence the aged care system is overlooking older people’s basic social and emotional needs as part of accepted business practices.

Silver Book resource – caring for older people

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has launched the fifth edition of the Silver Book - a go to guide for the complex clinic care of older people.

Better wages, better care: improving the aged care sector

In her submission and evidence to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, RMIT’s Professor Sara Charlesworth urged the Federal Government to address wages and working conditions.

Education program improves care quality in aged care

An education at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney has resulted in significant improvement in care service quality in aged care homes.

Men's breast cancer risks awareness urged

October 20 is Male Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is using it to highlight a lack of awareness by men about the disease.

House of Representatives Question Time survey closing

Time is running out to complete the online survey now open as part of a parliamentary inquiry considering question time in the House of Representatives.

New report raises further fears for viability of aged care

Leading Age Services Australia says new data reveals the need for Government intervention to relieve financial stress affecting the aged care sector, while the Aged Care Royal Commission goes about its work.

Heart attack patients’ independence - simple function test

A study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that hospitals can administer a simple walking test to evaluate the likelihood of functional decline in older adults following a heart attack.

Power of Attorneys national model plan

The Stop Elder Financial Abuse campaign today held a Federal Parliament launch to brief Members and Senators on the actions needed to tackle the growing problem.

Osteoporosis national action plan launch

Osteoporosis Australia (OA), and the Australian Government officially launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Osteoporosis in Canberra.

Framework offers housing direction for WA seniors

Western Australian Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray have released a new State Government directions paper detailing how to best address the housing needs of older Western Australians.

Staffing level rating system could help force funding model rethink - ACSA

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services (ACSA) supports the idea of a universally understood and utilised star rating system for staffing levels in residential aged care.

Australia: Older people in aged care drugged up

The 101-page report, “‘Fading Away’: How Aged Care Facilities in Australia Chemically Restrain Older People with Dementia,” found that instead of providing support to older people with dementia, facilities use drugs to control their behaviour, a practice known as chemical restraint.

Chemical restraints imposed on older Australians

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, supported by ADA, released today at Parliament House in Canberra, has revealed the extent to which Australian aged care facilities unnecessarily restrain older people with medication.

Safe and efficient tool to reduce seniors’ medication overload

The elderly are often prescribed multiple medications for different health conditions. While some medications are needed, polypharmacy and medication overload can be costly and even harmful.

Patient-aligned care reduces unwanted medications, tests for older adults

An emerging approach to health care that focuses decision-making on older patients’ health goals and care preferences can reduce unwanted and unhelpful treatment, such as medications and diagnostic tests.

Have your say on VIC hospital and aged care centre food

The Victorian Government is taking action to lift the standard of meals in its public hospitals and aged care centres, with a food audit now underway.

Carers in Western Australia celebrated

The Western Australians carers are being celebrated during the launch of National Carers Week.

Aged care workforce survey released

Four-in-ten workers plan to leave the aged care sector within five years, according to the largest ever survey of the sector’s workforce. And nine-in-ten residential aged care and home care workers are too stretched to offer appropriate support to residents and clients.

Royal Commission Melbourne Hearing 3 – aged care workforce

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Melbourne Hearing 3 will next week examine aged care workforce planning, the link between quality of care and staff numbers.