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Coalition subtracts $7, adds $5

The $7 Medicare co-payment is no more. Instead, the government has put forward a new package of measures with the aim of making Medicare more sustainable. Under this package, doctors will encounter a $5 reduction in the Medicare rebate paid ...

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Fit test for Fitbits

Commercial devices in trial to see if they can deliver medical data. By Amie Larter. Wearable devices such as Fitbit and Nike+ could soon feed information to health professionals monitoring patients in their own homes. A team of engineers from ...

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Staff share common concerns

Attrition and working conditions are amongst chief worries in survey. By Dallas Bastian. Aged-care workers are worried – and the ageing population, working conditions and attrition are the main concerns. The findings come from a poll conducted by Galaxy Research ...

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Brains train best in teams

Workouts for the mind go best with buddies, study finds.  Brain training works wonders by boosting memory and thinking skills in the elderly but many expensive at-home programs are ineffective, new research shows. The study, published in the journal PLOS ...

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Interview with the world dementia envoy

Dr Dennis Gillings was appointed world dementia envoy by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the then G8 group of nations in February. His role as envoy is to reduce barriers to investment in research, improve drug development ...

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How one provider takes on recruiting

There is no doubt the sector needs more workers; Nieves Murray of IRT – an Australian Business Awards 2014 Employer of Choice – outlines strategies the provider uses to meet demand. The aged-care industry will need to recruit 650 new ...

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Industry seeks certainty on dementia scheme

Industry leaders want a decision before the end of the year on a program to replace the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement. Without something definite by then, they argue, there is a risk of losing focus on setting policy. Alzheimer’s ...

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Individual care top priority, relatives say

Most Australians who are looking at aged-care options for their relatives are spending half a year perusing facilities – and suitability is a key checkpoint. That’s according to the report Aged Care: How well do you know your customer?, presented ...

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