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Ageing population means impact of dementia steadily on the rise

Dementia has overtaken coronary heart disease as the leading cause of 'disease burden' among Australians aged 65 and over.

Last Days program first of its kind to nurture understanding about death and dying

A new program to be launched next month is the first in-person, community-focussed course to provide practical and effective education to improve knowledge and confidence for those caring for someone in their last days, weeks, or months of life.

Long COVID sufferers feel abandoned, expert tells probe

Leading virus expert, Burnet Institute's Professor Brendan Crabb, has called for greater support for people affected by long COVID, warning those with the condition have felt abandoned by the Federal Government.

The many benefits of hosting companion animals in aged care: new research

Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.

Investing in our aged care future – ACCPA presents pre-Budget submission

The continuation of once-in-a-generation aged care reform following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is critical in being able to achieve the kind of care and support older Australians both need and deserve, the Aged & Community Care Providers Association says.

Residents fit for purpose with ever-so energetic fundraising for Make-A-Wish

For the second year, 16 lively and generous residents from ACH Group’s Kapara Residential Care Home are riding and walking throughout February to raise funds for Make-A-Wish’s virtual fundraiser ‘Ride for Wishes’.

New expert, fast advice for GPs treating patients with dementia complicated by BPSD

General practitioners, including those who regularly consult in aged care homes, will have access to a new expert advice services to help them manage the clinical needs of patients with dementia complicated by behaviour and psychological symptoms.

Significant reform areas ignored in National Dementia Action Plan: experts

The Albanese Government’s 10-Year Dementia Action Plan is aiming for greater public awareness of dementia, and excellent post-diagnostic support for those living with the condition, as well as their carers. However, many in the sector are concerned that it fails to address a range of royal commission rcommendations, particularly in regards to human rights of people living with dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to several leading advocacy body heads.

Indigenous man’s bid to access his age pension earlier due to ‘shorter life expectancy’

An Aboriginal man's bid to access his age pension earlier than a non-Indigenous Australian is about "correcting historical disadvantage", his barrister says. 

Are the prices of pharmaceutical drugs justified? No, experts argue in new research

High drug prices are not justified by industry’s spending on research and development (R&D), argue experts in The BMJ this week.

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