If you’re caring for someone who takes medicines, this app can help

New features in the popular NPS MedicineWise smartphone app will make life a little easier for people who look after someone who takes one or more medicines.

Act now - it's time to look at your super account before 1 July

Superannuation fund members are encouraged to take a look at their accounts before 1 July 2019, as a new law starting on this date requires super funds to report and pay inactive low-balance accounts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Eight hours of interval sprinting can reverse negative effects of menopause

A study in menopausal women found that participating in interval sprinting three times a week over two months resulted in significant health benefits.

Dementia research and participant online matching

A new online matching service is set to revolutionise the way people with dementia and researchers connect, fast-tracking more effective and inclusive dementia research across Australia.

Australia’s never-ending flu season

Flu experts are warning that high summer flu rates in 2018-19 defy usual trends making diagnostic testing and vaccination even more important.

Call to cut pensioner deeming rates

Advocacy organisation National Seniors Australia has called for deeming rates to be cut in line with record low interest rates announced by the Reserve Bank.

Your rejected severe arthritis or heart attack insurance claim could be valid

If you have severe rheumatoid arthritis or have experienced a heart attack, your insurance claim could now be valid thanks to a decision by MLC to backdate the changes to outdated definitions.

Antidepressants and opioids double fall risks and fractures in older people

Taking antidepressants or opioids more than doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture in older people, according to a paper published 3 June in Australian Prescriber.

New exercise guidelines for people with cancer

A decade-old treatment recommendation for people with cancer to take a “slowly slowly” approach to exercise has been replaced with new guidelines.

One more centenarian at Peninsula Villages

Peninsula Villages resident Gordon Briggs has joined one of Australia’s fastest growing clubs, celebrating his 100th birthday on Monday 27 May.

Australians urged to make more informed healthcare decisions

A new push to encourage Australians to be more proactive in the management of their own healthcare is underway.

Older Queenslanders homes built in Springwood

The Queensland Government’s Housing Construction Jobs Program is seeing Spingwood seniors provided with accessible forever homes in a new 35-unit complex.

When should you call 000?

A lack of public understanding about when to call an ambulance is putting a strain on paramedic services and potentially risking lives, new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found.

Joint guideline for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019).

Minimum wage rise will reduce poverty: So would a Newstart increase

The decision by the Fair Work Commission today to increase the minimum wage by 3% will help reduce poverty and revive the economy.

Abuse in earlier life creates greater elder abuse risk

Chinese-Americans who were victims of child abuse or intimate partner violence are at a greater risk of abuse when they are elderly, according to a Rutgers study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Urgent reforms needed to fix ailing mental health system

Australia’s public psychiatric system is experiencing a slow and painful decline, with the mental health system critically under-resourced and health professionals facing unsustainable pressure.

Aged care, spirituality, frailty, and change

A leading researcher in ageing and spiritual life says the culture in Australia is changing and this must include the increasing need for qualified staff to provide care in residential aged care facilities.

Guardianship reform laws pass Victorian parliament

The biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years passed the Parliament on 28 May 2019.

Surgery rates are rising in over-85s but the decision to operate isn't always easy

In January, 107-year-old Daphne Keith broke her hip and became the oldest Australian to have a partial hip replacement. This isn’t something you would have heard of two or three decades ago.

Genetic risk for cardiovascular health not linked to longevity

Studies of exceptionally long-lived individuals have shown that one of the key factors to exceptional longevity is better cardiovascular health.