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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.

Culturally safe dementia care must be prioritised as part of an adaptive and evolving sector

Dementia affects a far higher proportion of CALD elders than those born in Australia, yet mainstream providers and workers continue to make little allowance for the unique needs of these elders. NARI's Professor Bianca Brijnath, offers a number of practical tips and strategies for the road ahead, spearheaded by clear lines of communication and a willingness to listen and learn from diverse communities. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Butler to meet with state and territory health ministers to discuss virus surge

Health minister Mark Butler is set to meet with state and territory counterparts to discuss reducing strain on hospitals and the situation in aged care settings, amid a growing surge of COVID-19 cases.

Global safety and injury prevention experts assemble in Adelaide to showcase their research

Around 600 experts are assembling in Adelaide for the 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion to showcase their research into safety and injury prevention practice across many aspects of society.

New data reveals impact of palliative care but also health reform needed moving forward

The power of quality palliative care is one of the key take outs of updated data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, but these insights also point to the need for further investment. 

Family comments on food quality in Aussie aged care homes sought for new survey

Families of aged care residents in Australian nursing homes can now provide feedback about the quality of meals their loved ones are eating, as part of leading research targeting improvements in food and nutrition in aged care homes.

QI Program data indicates quality of care relatively stable compared to last quarter

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the latest round of data from the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program (QI Program), which covers the period from April 1 to June 30, 2022, with incidence data appearing relatively stable compared to the last quarter. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Heart health education is in need of a major jolt, new research reveals systemic failures

The Study of Heart failure in the Australian Primary carE setting (SHAPE) is the first long-term study investigating the management of heart failure in Australia - and it paints a concerning picture of under-utilised care options in this country. People need to visit their GP and return to routine health checks, before it's too late. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New study provides revealing insight into Australians living with younger onset dementia

A new report, titled Younger onset dementia: new insights using linked data, builds a detailed picture of people with younger onset dementia, their interactions with health and support services and pathways to using residential aged care services.

Study offers insight into health service use by Australians in their last year of life

Spending on key health services is 14 times higher for Australians in their last year of life than for other Australians, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

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