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Ageing Aussies flock to hospitals: report

Australia’s ageing population is driving up hospitalisation rates while health practitioners are witnessing a dramatic rise in vaccine-preventable influenza cases in hospitals. The latest Admitted Patient Care 2017–18 report, released today, showed 60 per cent of the 11.3 million admissions ...

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Royal commission Sydney hearing: final days

The last two days of the Sydney hearing kept up the theme of medical restraints in aged care. Josef Ibrahim spoke at length on psychotropic misuse and we also heard from Christina Bolger, executive director, regulatory policy and performance at ...

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Cultural change needed to curb antipsychotic drug misuse

Regulation alone will not stop the overuse of antipsychotic drugs to manage the behaviour of people with dementia in aged care facilities, Australia’s chief medical officer says. Professor Brendan Murphy said cultural change and the education of doctors is needed. ...

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Older people want action on care, climate

It’s not just young voters who want action on climate change – a new poll has shown that more than half of older Australians want a greater focus on the environment from the major political parties. The survey of 3000 older ...

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