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What changes are coming to the NDIS?

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The Budget’s release on May 8 confirmed that the NDIS will be fully accessible to all Australians by 2020. As more and more Australians start receiving NDIS funding, less funding is needed to maintain the NDIS Transition Programme which has been assisting thousands of Australians since 2013. This means more funding can be allocated to NDIS pa...

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Better aged-care begins with more registered nurses in homes

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People are marching in the streets demanding better care for older Australians in aged care homes after increasing media reports of neglect, abuse and negligence. If we want to improve the situation for residents, we need more registered nurses in aged care homes. When registered nurses are on duty, residents have better health outcomes, a highe...

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Misconception on Influenza Vaccine

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LAST year Australia had one of the worst flu seasons on record, with an estimated 29,000 people admitted to hospital with the influenza virus. Despite this, one in two Australians are not planning on getting their flu shot this year and there is a major misconception contributing to these high numbers. Finder.com.au surveyed 2,003 adults and fou...

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Targeted Calls for Research into mental health of older Australians

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NHMRC has opened two Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) to address important aspects of mental health in older Australians.  The first TCR focuses on Dementia in Indigenous Australians and is part of the Australian Government’s Boosting Dementia Researchbudget measure.  In partnership with beyondblue(l...

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$125 million to help our scientists make the next great medical discovery

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The Turnbull Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding includes almost $39 million to fight multiple types of cancer facing children and ad...

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Aged care services that work for you

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Aged care in Australia is changing, making it easier for you to stay independent and living in your own home, close to your loved ones, and connected to your community. The changes increase your choice and flexibility to get the right aged care services for you. The new Commonwealth Home Support Programme is among the changes...

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Patients gain subsidised access to expensive new medicines

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Australians from 1 December will pay no more than $38.30 for a medicine to treat thyroid cancer that would cost a patient $117,000 without subsidised access through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The medicine - Lenvatinib (Lenvima®) - is used in the treatment of radioactive iodine refractory differentiated thyroid cancer (RAI-R DT...

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New recommendations to guide aged care on appropriate medicines use

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Doctors groups are calling on aged care and health professionals to adopt new recommendations aimed at reducing the amount of unnecessary drugs and treatments given to older Australians. The guidelines recommend against using antipsychotics as first-line treatment for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), and against us...

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Disturbing lack of evidence on elder abuse strategies laid bare

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Research on elder abuse prevention is urgently needed as there is a lack of high-quality evidence in the area, an Australian review of international studies has found. Philip Baker, a Professor of Public Health at the Queensland University of Technology, said there was a lack of research that evaluated the effects of elder abuse prevention progr...

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Call for aged care to reflect “pivotal” role of nurses to deliver quality care

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Nurses are pivotal to the delivery of care in aged care and the sector needs to better support them to use their full scope of practice, the head of the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care has said. Australian College of Nursing CEO Kylie Ward said she was “extremely concerned at the diluting of the s...

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