Aged & Allied Health

World first: double hand transplant child can now write, dress and eat independently

20 July, 2017

Eighteen months after his double hand transplant, an eight-year-old child can undertake essential life functions.

Australian discovery paves way for growing lifesaving organs

19 July, 2017 by Mansi Gandhi

A stem cell research discovery could help ease the current organ shortage, paving the way to producing replacement organs for damaged hearts, kidneys and bowels.

Bacterial diagnosis much faster with new system

07 July, 2017

Faster treatment, faster recovery and reduced risk of antibiotic resistance are now possible for patients with bacterial infections thanks to a new diagnostic system.

Want your cake and eat it too? You might want to check the portion size

05 July, 2017

Portion sizes for Australia's most commonly consumed junk foods have increased significantly over the past 20 years.

Melbourne researchers help tackle snakebite deaths globally

19 June, 2017

Improving treatment and reducing the death and injury toll from snakebites globally took a major step forward when the World Health Organization added snakebite to the highest priority list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) this month.

Staff mindfulness sessions well received at John Hunter Hospital

16 June, 2017 by Dr Susannah Ward, Dr Sue Outram

Hospital initiatives designed to promote employee health and wellbeing can positively contribute to the development of a hospital culture where staff feel valued and role model health behaviour to the community. Such interventions may reduce rates of employee mental illness, absenteeism, burnout and turnover while improving workforce morale, job satisfaction and resilience.

Long-term daily aspirin use linked to higher bleeding risk in adults aged 75 or over

15 June, 2017

Authors conclude that proton-pump inhibitors should be co-prescribed in this age group to reduce the risk of bleeds.

Hospitals can be front line in uncovering elder abuse

15 June, 2017

Report calls for national plan to combat elder abuse.

Training like a memory athlete

08 June, 2017

A time-honoured mnemonic technique can turn mere mortals into memory athletes.

Public hearing to discuss ear diseases in Indigenous Australians

31 May, 2017

On Wednesday, 7 June, the Australian Parliament's Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee will be holding a public hearing into the prevalence of ear diseases among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Online program for palliative care launched

30 May, 2017 | Supplied by: Flinders University

Researchers at Flinders University have developed palliAGED — an online program which connects health professionals and family members with evidence-based support for palliative care in aged care.

Pureed food manufacturer recognised for innovation

25 May, 2017

Textured Concept Foods (TCF), a manufacturer of pureed foods for those with swallowing difficulties, has been recognised in a new book celebrating Australia's top 50 innovators in food manufacturing.

Palliative care hospitalisations rising in Australia

24 May, 2017

Hospitalisations for palliative care are growing faster than all hospitalisations, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Fall prevention with a powered exoskeleton

16 May, 2017

European researchers have developed a smart exoskeleton that recognises loss of balance and prevents falling in elderly patients.

Music Remembers Me

03 May, 2017

A powerful how-to guide bringing the transformative power of music into the lives of people living with dementia.

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