Improving the quality of aged care

The quality of aged care provided to senior Australians will be strengthened as Government measures come into effect today.

Private health premiums must go below zero next round

The Medical Technology Association of Australia has welcomed Health Minister Greg Hunt listening to its calls to keep premium increases under 3 per cent and force the big corporate insurers to pay for it out of their own $1 billion in profits, not everyone else’s pockets.

LASA urges action on home care wait times

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) says the waiting list for home care packages is still far too long and the Government must act now to bring down wait times.

New assessment could identify risks of frailty

Signs of frailty, and the risks it brings, could be identified in young and old people alike through a new assessment developed in a study by researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Yale.

Retirement in the US becomes more myth than reality

The number of Americans in the workforce who are over 64 years old has tripled over the past 30 years.

Grandchild caring reduces loneliness and isolation

Caring for a grandchild may be linked to a lower risk of loneliness and social isolation, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Preparing for extreme heat and keeping safe

Everybody is being urged to never leave kids in hot cars and to prepare for dangerous heatwaves this summer as new data reveals there have already been 256 callouts to locked cars since the start of November.

New OPAN elder abuse prevention resources

Older Persons Advocacy Network has announced the official launch of Older Persons Advocacy Network’s (OPAN) elder abuse resources.

Studies find nurse-led program improves care of older adults

NYU Meyers analysis of 27 years of research involving more than 12,000 patients demonstrates success of NICHE program in supporting healthcare organisations in caring for older adults.

2020 Aged Care Approvals Round

Senior Australians in areas of need will benefit from the availability of new government subsidised aged care places released as part of the 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

Former director of aged care facility sentenced

Gela Anne Newitt, of Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, has been sentenced in the County Court of Victoria, after previously pleading guilty to obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

Making the most of the holidays for people living with dementia

The summer holidays are traditionally a time for families and friends to gather together but for people living with dementia, their families and carers, the time can be fun but challenging.

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.