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PC report a breakthrough: peak bodies

Various peak bodies welcome central findings of PC report, particularly around funding The Productivity Commission’s report has, at first glance, lived up to its name – Caring for Older Australians. That’s according to Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) acting ...

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UK: No more forced retirement at 65

Employers can no longer compel workers to retire at 65 regardless of performance UK: The British government says employers will no longer be allowed to force employees to retire at age 65 unless they can justify the policy. The Department ...

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New respite program launched

New service from Villa Maria is a ‘lifesaver’, carers say A new program at a Victorian residential facility is building on vital respite for carers and stimulation and interaction for their loved ones. Avebury House, run by not-for-profit aged and ...

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SA population ageing

The number of 65 to 84 year-olds in the state expected to double by 2036 South Australia’s population is growing and ageing, partly driven by high levels of overseas migration. Minister for Urban Development and Planning Paul Holloway says the ...

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A step in the right direction

New research shows a higher daily step count is linked to better insulin sensitivity Beating diabetes could be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Taking more steps each day significantly cuts the risk of the ...

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Time for action, say nurses

Aged Care nurses and assistants in nursing welcome 2011 as the year of reform Nurses and assistants in nursing working in aged care are hoping the government holds good on its promises of reform for the coming year, says ANF ...

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Exercise to help carers beat the blues

A new study will look at how physical activity can help tackle mental health issues with careers, reports Darragh O Keeffe. The effectiveness of exercise in reducing depression among carers will be the focus of an Australian study, but unlike ...

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Reform needed: DOHA

In its long awaited submission to the PC inquiry, the Department of Health and Ageing has given its strongest indication yet that the framework governing aged care needs to be changed. In its submission to the Productivity Commission, the department ...

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