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New standard a ‘game changer’ ensuring workers recognise sepsis as a medical emergency

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the national Sepsis Clinical Care Standard, in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health. Having reached broad consensus across the health sector, Australia has become one of the first countries to release a nationally agreed quality framework for the recognition and management of sepsis.

Delayed diagnosis and upward trends in heart failure hospital admissions concerning: experts

Clinicians, patients, carers and politicians are joining leading charity hearts4heart in urging Australians to be smart about their heart, as they kick off Australia's inaugural Heart Failure Awareness Week (June 27-July 3).

Pets wonderful means of helping elders exercise, engage and reduce their social isolation

As communities cautiously reengage after years of pandemic isolation, COTA VIC is encouraging older Australians to discover the health boosting power of life enjoyed with a four legged friend by their side. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

How going on holiday could be a quality treatment option for dementia: new study

A new cross-disciplinary paper from Edith Cowan University proposes we change the way we view tourism, seeing it not just as a recreational experience but as an industry that can provide real health benefits.

Older Victorians encouraged to get their shimmy on and take to the dancefloor

Leading Australian dance studio, HD Entertainment, is urging more older Victorians to get active by quick-stepping into the world of dancing as part of their regular exercise and wellness routine. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New report says older Australians need more financial support during pandemic

Financial experts are encouraging pre-retirees to sharpen their financial skills as a new report from the University of South Australia shows that 31 per cent of older Australians (aged 55+ years) feel insecure about their financial futures, particularly amid the current pandemic.

Ten-year RLS study highlights need for older people to be aware of drowning risks

A decade-long study by Royal Life Saving has scrutinised almost 600 drowning deaths over a 10-year period of people aged 65 and older, and highlights the need for older Australians to be vigilant around water.

Psychological distress for older rural patients eased with screening in clinical setting

Psychological distress is acute for older people with multiple health difficulties in rural and remote areas of Australia, leading to higher health services use – but Flinders University researchers suggest that increased psychological screening in a clinical setting can help improve this situation.

Federal Labor pledges aged care reform as election looms

Anthony Albanese has pledged $2.5 billion to help the country's aged care sector, as the Labor leader made the case in his budget reply speech to become the nation's next prime minister.

Medicare covers every part of the body except for the mouth – and it’s time that changed

Older person’s should not be in a position where they have to compromise on their oral care because of affordability concerns. Some say a substantial boost to funding for public dental services is urgently needed. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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