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Clinical Focus

Experts recommend drug-free approach to treating depression symptoms in people living with dementia

Research led by UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing has confirmed treating symptoms of depression is most effective when a non-pharmacological approach is adopted, in people living with dementia.

RACGP calls for urgent Albanese Government action on pressing telehealth issues

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has urged the new Federal Government to address some of the issues which have surfaced since the rollout and expansion of telehealth services in Australia.

New technology is helping people with aphasia write their own story

Students from the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and Monash Young Medtech Innovators have teamed up with Monash Health speech pathologists and their patients to develop technology to assist people living with aphasia to communicate.

Policy change needed as study shows mental health services underused in aged care

Less than 3 per cent of people with mental health conditions living in the nation's aged care facilities access government-subsidised mental health services, a new analysis has found. It's not good enough. People living in residential aged care deserve equitable access to public services.

Older Australians living in rural areas warned of increased risk of developing deadly skin cancers

Older men living in rural areas re at a proportionately higher risk of being diagnosed with - and dying from - skin cancer. Melanoma Patients Australia is therefore urging elders and their carers to keep an eye out for the signs of melanoma before it's too late.

New DA learning module helps workers prevent, recognise, and act on elders’ financial abuse

Financial elder abuse is one of the most common types of abuse experienced by older people. Those living with dementia are especially vulnerable, but Dementia Australia hopes its new learning modules will empower workers to act when they suspect something is aw. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.

‘No argument’ to keep public vax-mandates, aged care settings an exception: experts

The retention of double-dose COVID-19 vaccination mandates for workers in most settings no longer stacks up, leading Australian epidemiologists concede. But they emphasise mask wearing should be prioritised, especially in high risk settings such as aged care.

OPAN panel discussion confronts disturbing epidemic of sexual assault in aged care

A devastating 530 incidences of sexual abuse were reported within residential aged care facilities in the last quarter of 2021. A panel discussion hosted by prominent journalist and feminist activist, Jane Caro, has examined awareness and the stamping out of the sexual abuse of elders across this country. BIANCA ROBERTS dialed in

New study shows link between Vitamin D deficiency and dementia

A world-first study from the University of South Australia could stop dementia in its tracks as new genetic research shows a direct link between this degenerative disease and a lack of vitamin D.

More data needed on stroke treatment and outcomes by sex, gender

A new American Heart Association scientific statement highlights the need for more data and research about sex differences in the use and response to mechanical clot removal for acute ischemic stroke and suggests a clear differentiation between sex and gender in future research.

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