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Influenza outbreaks going unreported in NSW

Half of the aged-care facilities in south-western Sydney that should have reported an influenza outbreak did not do so. That’s one of the key findings from a report that looked at the underreporting of influenza outbreaks in aged-care facilities in the ...

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Parkinson’s lesser-known symptoms get spotlight

Healthcare workers attuned to the hidden bladder and bowel symptoms of Parkinson’s are better able to help mitigate their added burden, and peak bodies are working to raise awareness. Ahead of World Parkinson’s Day, on April 11, the Continence Foundation of Australia ...

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Facility aims to connect with Aboriginal people

Leaders of a West Australian aged-care facility say their pastoral care approach, designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal residents, can be reproduced in other aged-care communities. Rosemary Hogan, head of residential care at Southern Cross Care (WA), said the ...

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More medicines, less health

Taking multiple medicines may put older Australians at risk of frailty and death, new research has found. The study, led by Monash University in collaboration with the University of Sydney, found that increases in the Drug Burden Index, which measures ...

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Many cavities in oral care, survey finds

There is a stark gap between what aged-care workers believe is appropriate oral care and what they see being delivered, new research has found. In a recent study, associate professor Bronwyn Hemsley from the University of Newcastle, along with researchers ...

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