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Support grows for NSW assisted dying bill, vote likely today

A bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying is just nine votes short of passing the lower house in NSW, but will face an onslaught of amendments.

Young people should not be living in aged care facilities and Summer Foundation is busy doing something about it

Summer Foundation’s Annual Public Forum was held in early November to discuss and resolve what's being done and what remains to be done to achieve successful resolution to the issue of young people in aged care. As BIANCA ROBERTS has discovered, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

New discoveries make big steps toward lipoedema diagnosis and treatment

New research from St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne Australia (SVI) on lipoedema – a debilitating chronic disease often misdiagnosed as obesity – provides a path to potential drug treatments and development of a diagnostic screening test.

RACGP president pleads for lessons from COVID-19 vaccine rollout to not be forgotten

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has warned against a return to “business as usual” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and urged leaders to heed vital lessons from the vaccine rollout.

Smart phone apps may offer potential remedy for mild prospective memory loss

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society points to smart phone applications as a potential remedy for mild cases of prospective memory loss.

Physical activity may improve Alzheimer’s disease outcomes by lowering brain inflammation: new research

It is unclear how physical activity improves brain health, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease, but the benefits may come about through decreased immune cell activation, according to new research.

Senate committee hears allied health issue ‘a matter of life and death’ for aged care residents

The fight for explicit allied health provision within the incoming AN-ACC funding model has been brought to the (virtual) doorsteps of parliament during an online Senate Committee hearing.

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.

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