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Dementia perceptions

A study collects opinions and beliefs from staff in RACFs.  Researchers at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, hosted at Queensland University of Technology, are involved in Australia’s first large-scale systematic study of the quality of life of ...

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Sunny side up

An expert on depression in seniors says it’s possible to keep the clouds at bay. By Amie Larter. A University of Western Australia Winthrop professor who has spent 25 years working in the area of mental health research has been ...

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Going to plan

A recent study suggests that continence telemonitoring could help return patients’ quality of life.By Amie Larter. Early findings on the use of telemonitoring systems to augment continence assessment procedures in residential aged-care facilities are promising, says Barry Cahill, CEO of ...

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Foreign exchange

Recent research shows that new immigrants lack access to aged-care services and need specialised support. By Dallas Bastian. Recent unpublished research from the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has discovered that little is known about the needs of ...

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Doctor in the house

Growing pressure on healthcare services due to an ageing population mean we must look quickly to alternative models.  Despite all the heat in the current debate over the Medicare co-payment, everyone agrees that healthcare in Australia must change. The need ...

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Not enough advance notice

Most Australians aren’t having the hard conversations about the end of their life, survey shows.  Ninety-five per cent of Australians don’t have an advance care plan in place, figures from a recent Palliative Care Australia survey show. PCA released the ...

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Up to the challenge

Speakers at a recent symposium discussed the problems with dementia care in the hospital system – and what’s being done about them.  Many were relieved when the government’s recent Budget upheld its pre-election promise to commit $200 million over the ...

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Hip therapy may need replacing

Physiotherapy for hips doesn’t appear to relieve pain any more than ‘sham’ treatments. New research has found that people with hip osteoarthritis get as much relief from placebo therapies as they do with treatment performed by a trained physiotherapist. Researchers ...

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