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LASA: unified voice speaks loudest

The old political mantra of united we stand divided we fall still holds true. Any organisation – be it corporate or, particularly, membership-based – achieves greater success when it is unified and focused on common goals or operational targets. Leading Age Services ...

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Health begins in the belly

As ageing progresses, a diet full of balanced meals becomes even more important as a foundation for wellbeing. By Ngaire Hobbins Food is comfort, food is joy, food is medicine. There is a beautiful book by Simon Carey Holt called ...

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We need to talk

Removing the stigma attached to admitting mental health issues is essential for diagnosis and constructive care, says Kevin Rocks. Mental health is a serious and growing concern in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has estimated that more than 7.3 ...

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New approach to old school

It’s the fastest growing sector in health, and opportunities abound. But to attract and retain the best and brightest into aged care, a radical rethink of our education system is urgently needed.By Andrew Robinson and Barbara Horner. A recent letter ...

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Number crunch

According to COTA, the budget is a mixed bag for aged-care providers and a challenge for older Australians.By Ian Yates. Overall, older Australians have fared poorly in the 2014 federal Budget, with hits to the age pension the major concern, ...

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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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Put a stop to fraud

Financial abuse against older people is on the rise but there are ways the elderly protect themselves. By Maria Rigoli. Fraud upon the elderly is becoming more and more widespread and sophisticated. There does not appear to be any uniform ...

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HACC reform scheme plenty to discuss

The revised plan’s lack of information raises concerns for many stakeholders.  In all the noisy and contentious debate that has surrounded the release of the 2014–15 federal Budget, you could be excused for not noticing that a major report of ...

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