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15 Mar 2018

National Seniors Australia has warned proposed ALP changes that would end cash refunds to retirees claimed through share dividend imputation could backfire.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said this week that the plan, designed to claw back $59 billion over 10 years from wealthy retirees, could hurt many full and part age pensioners who had been encouraged to diversify by including shares in their retirement portfolios.

Currently, when a company pays a dividend out of after-tax profit, its shareholders receive personal tax cuts called franking credits to prevent double taxation... Read More

15 Mar 2018

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 10 years ago took a toll on the retirement incomes of many older Australians but in other countries, the economic downturn was a recession that has been blamed for a negative impact on people’s health.

A new study by Professor Teresa Seeman of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) examined how the recession of 2007-2009 raised blood pressure and blood sugar.

The study found that after the recession, people younger than 65, who were taking blood pressure medication, had higher readings for systolic blood pressure (the top number... Read More

15 Mar 2018

Researchers have developed an online test for people aged 40 and over to predict their risk of developing melanoma over the next three and a half years.

Using data from nearly 42,000 people aged from 40 to 80, Professor David Whiteman and Dr Catherine Olsen from Queensland’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute developed the risk predictor that calculates results based on seven risk factors for melanoma.

These are age, sex, ability to tan, number of moles at age 21, number of skin lesions treated, hair colour and sunscreen use.

The melanoma risk predictor was... Read More

15 Mar 2018

The aged care industry and consumers are being urged to support a newly-established Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and nominate for membership to help ensure the future high quality of aged care.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) chair Professor John Pollaers said the Aged Care IRC should be an industry-driven group, with membership reflecting the diversity of the sector, particularly in the areas of palliative care, dementia, nursing, mental health, functional health and pharmacy, as well as including employee representatives and providers.

“Bringing about... Read More

15 Mar 2018

The Federal Government says it is streamlining aged care accommodation approvals, so that providers can continue to focus on their core business of caring and supporting senior Australians.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the new accommodation price renewal system would simplify the process for providers not seeking to increase their charges when their approvals lapsed.

“We have listened to the sector and are committed to red tape reduction across aged care,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Providers charging residents more than $550,000 for a refundable accommodation... Read More

15 Mar 2018

A series of 15 new films in online and app format is aimed at cutting the devastating impact of dementia in Australia’s Chinese, Indian and Arab communities.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the $563,000 Moving Pictures project was seeking to raise awareness and prompt early diagnosis of dementia among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups.

“This is about supporting these growing communities to cut through communication and cultural challenges to help vulnerable people,” Mr Wyatt said.

“Experience shows that among CALD groups, dementia diagnosis can be... Read More

15 Mar 2018

The Red Cross is seeking emergency service volunteers in the Gippsland and Melbourne metropolitan areas.

The recruitment campaign for skilled and motivated people to be trained as volunteers will run for this month and next.

Spokesperson Graeme Lowe said that communities needed to be aware of the emergencies, other than floods and fires, that could be encountered.

“It’s important that local people are... Read More

15 Mar 2018

A sausage in bread could be considered Australia’s national dish – particularly on a Saturday morning outside the hardware shop.

But new research from the George Institute for Global Health, VicHealth and the Heart Foundation shows Australians wolfing down 1.1 billion snags a year, containing 1500 tonnes of salt, and putting their health at risk.

The research showed the humble snag in white bread with tomato sauce contained 2.35 grams of salt – nearly half of the recommended daily intake. 

The report, released as part of World Salt Awareness Week, analysed the salt... Read More

15 Mar 2018

Patients without private health insurance are choosing to pay hefty private hospital fees rather than wait it out in the public system.

New research from comparison website shows almost one in five Australians (19 per cent) have paid for a visit to a private hospital rather than be seen at a public hospital. Nearly half of these had self-funded surgery in a private hospital.

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) data shows waiting times for elective surgery increased to 38 days nationally in 2016-17.

Finder’s Bessie Hassan said... Read More

15 Mar 2018

Tomorrow is World Sleep Day, an annual event aimed at celebrating sleep and a call to action on important related issues, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.

World Sleep Day is organised by the World Sleep Society. It aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

World Sleep Day, which has been held on the Friday before the northern hemisphere spring equinox since 2008, holds events involving discussions, presentations of... Read More

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