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Teamed up for telehealth

Just under one-third of Australians, 29 per cent, live in regional and rural areas, an Australian Bureau of Statistics study completed in June 2013 states. Of this 29 per cent, 23 per cent live in remote areas, which makes seeking ...

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Dementia care faces cultural hurdles overseas

A Namibian care worker has just returned from Africa, where he had been working with a local family using an online dementia course. Berrie Holzhausen, who enrolled in the University of Tasmania’s Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and shared ...

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ACSA forum puts workforce front and centre

How will Australia get the staff to look after the elderly population? Should migration be increased? Should there be an increase in spending on education and support? Should more money be put into developing good leadership in the sector? These ...

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Pharmacist debunks pill myths

Natural medicines are safer is just one of the medicine myths an Australian pharmacist and academic debunked in a public talk. With the aim of helping people use medicines safely and effectively, Andrew McLachlan, professor of pharmacy at the University of Sydney ...

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Depression symptoms increase risk of falls

Older people’s risk of falling increases when they show depressive symptoms, research has revealed. A team from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) investigated the interactions between depressive symptoms, antidepressant use, and balance and cognitive function. The risk of falls increased by 55 ...

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Arthritis study reveals more kinds of pain

New research has revealed how people are coping with arthritis, the second-leading cause of disability in Australia. Franca Marine, policy and government relations manager of Arthritis Australia, said: “We felt that there was not much recognition of the fact that ...

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Maggie Beer serves lunch

Celebrity cook and food manufacturer Maggie Beer will be hosting a lunch at Bond University today. The luncheon is to raise funds for and awareness of the Maggie Beer Foundation, which was set up to advocate for the importance of ...

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A social brain is a healthier brain

It is detrimental to brain health to ignore social factors, an Australian researcher has stated, showing recent findings that support her claim. Professor Catherine Haslam from the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology, said, “Social factors are largely ignored when it ...

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