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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.

Virtual reality already opening up an exciting and therapeutic world for aged care residents

“Essentially, we want to bring the world to people,” enterpreneur Colin Pudsey says. His Melbourne technology company SilVR Adventures specialises in virtual reality, which not only offers adventure and entertainment, but also a non-pharmalogical means of reminiscence therapy for people living with dementia in aged care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Healthcare leaders to discuss workforce challenges and solutions: new annual symposium

More than 100 healthcare management leaders, researchers and students will come together for a special ‘think tank’ at Deakin University this week to discuss Australia’s healthcare workforce challenges and potential solutions.

Both flu and COVID vax ‘essential to stave off potential risk to elders’ wellbeing’

Three of Australia’s foremost medical and epidemiological experts say that, despite the answer being largely unknown, vaccination for both COVID-19 and influenza is essential to stave off the potentially devastating risk to elders' wellbeing in the coming colder months. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

People with mental health issues more likely to experience back pain: new research

A study into the causes of back pain has found that depression and anxiety play a greater role in this poorly understood condition than first thought.

Researchers are delving into smart technology and looking at just how it will impact homes for seniors

Smart Homes for Seniors, Intelligent Home Solutions for Independent Living is a new multiple university study into what extent smart technology and artificial intelligence will augment aged care in the future. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to researcher Dr Sarah Pink about the project.

Research highlighting how modern tech can support older adults wins inaugural IoT Award

Monash University’s Emerging Technologies Research Lab has been recognised by the Internet of Things Australia for research highlighting how modern technology can support older adults.

Ask Annie app offers dementia ‘micro-lessons’ to support home care workers

Dementia Australia has launched an innovative mobile app aimed at improving the quality of care for people living with dementia.

Talk with Ted a powerful AI addition to dementia education

For those with limited experience communicating with a person with dementia, even the most well-intentioned act can quickly spiral into a distressing scene for both the carer and person receiving care. And while practise makes perfect, honing your skills on real people isn’t always ideal. Thankfully, Ted is here to help.

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