Aged & Allied Health

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.

Could human cord plasma boost the ageing brain?

25 April, 2017

Scientists are exploring the potential of human cord plasma to slow brain degeneration.

The National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program — helping combat unplanned weight loss

11 April, 2017 by Valentina Giannelli* | Supplied by: Dietitians Association of Australia

It is well recognised that residents of aged-care facilities are at high risk of weight loss, with the prevalence of malnutrition in the residential aged-care setting ranging from 40–70%.

World Health Day 7 April — living with a black dog

07 April, 2017

The WHO campaign for World Health Day is focusing on the prevention and treatment of depression.

Local drug action teams to find cracks in the ice

05 April, 2017

Federal money is on finding a community-based solution to ice and other drugs of addiction.

There's no need to lock older people into nursing homes 'for their own safety'

22 March, 2017 by Marta Woolford, Monash University and Joseph Ibrahim, Monash University

To lock or not? How much of our concern for safety is for the resident, how much is for the family members and caregivers, and how much of it is for the staff and owners of nursing homes?

Is your brain training program worth its weight?

22 February, 2017

Popular brain training programs have been put to the test by researchers. The results show that some programs, but not all, can help slow cognitive decline that may lead to dementia.

FactCheck: it's true – WA has the nation's highest rate of methamphetamine use

22 February, 2017 by Nicole Lee, Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Western Australia's state Labor leader Mark McGowan was quoted as saying "we have the worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country". It's true.

What's that word? Brain changes begin years before Alzheimer's diagnosis

21 February, 2017

Alzheimer's is a long game — it doesn't happen overnight. The good news is, early intervention can delay onset.

$8 million Lighthouse Hospital Project improves acute coronary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

14 February, 2017

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP recently announced $8 million to expand a project that is transforming hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with acute coronary syndrome.

Heart risk for people with schizophrenia

08 February, 2017

Australians with schizophrenia die 25 years earlier than others due to poor heart health.

Breakthrough in motor neurone disease research gives hope

07 February, 2017 by Florienne Loder*

When a person is diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), it's a race against time.

Inequality in Aboriginal child ICU admissions for invasive infections

01 February, 2017

Intensive care unit (ICU) admission rates for life-threatening infections in Indigenous children are several times higher than those of non-Indigenous children, and twice as many Indigenous children per population succumb to these severe infections despite life support.

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