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Clinical Focus

Pandemic has increased loneliness among Australians, costing up to $2.7 billion per year

Released on Friday, the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre's 'Stronger Together: Loneliness and social connectedness in Australia' report has revealed overall social connectivity in Australia, which had been in steady decline for the past decade, decreased dramatically during the pandemic, with associated poor health outcomes costing up to $2.7 billion each year.

Scoping study to identify key issues for the mental health of older people

Researchers at the National Ageing Research Institute are working with the National Mental Health Commission to understand the key issues for older adults to maintain mental health and support those living with mental illness and their carers.

National audit highlights improvements in stroke care across Australia

More Australians have access to leading-edge stroke treatment than they did two years ago despite the challenges COVID-19 created within the health system, according to the findings of Stroke Foundation’s 2021 National Stroke Audit.

WA study into end-of-life care finds greater awareness required across the board

Western Australia's largest private hospital, Hollywood Private Hospital, is transforming its approach to end-of-life care following a two-year research project.

Shock results for under-50s as two million Aussies take heart age test

Seven out of 10 Aussies yet to hit their 50s have a ‘heart age’ above their actual age, new figures reveal – and millions do not know their blood pressure or cholesterol numbers.

Aspirin could make urinary tract infections worse: new research

New research by the Centenary Institute in Sydney suggests that commonly prescribed anticoagulants – medicines, such as aspirin, that help prevent blood clots – may make urinary tract infections (UTIs) more severe.

RACGP releases new home-care guidelines for COVID-19-positive patients

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has released new guidelines to help GPs care for patients with COVID-19 in their home.

Please explain: What is a booster and why do I need one?

A high COVID-19 vaccination rate is allowing even the hardest-hit Australian states to begin to return to normal. But why do we need a third shot? Professor Janaki Amin, from the Macquarie University Department of Health Systems and Population, explains.

Evidence-based music use is a fundamental component of meeting the aged care quality standards – it’s time it was recognised as such

Music is the universal language and with skill and care can be a powerful ally in aged care. Staff need to be trained and educated to feel comfortable and capable of using music in a way that's driven by evidence, rather than by a sense of, 'oh, this is fun - let's put a CD on and hope that cheers everybody up'. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.

St Basil’s inquest told staff replaced, despite warnings it could be dangerous

An inquest into a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at a Melbourne aged care home has heard federal public servants decided to replace staff at the home despite doctors' warnings it was a dangerous move.

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