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12 Jul 2018

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

In my role as Chief Advocate, I’m often asked to comment on social issues.

I recently had a call from Sky News’ Ashleigh Gillon. She wanted me to go to their TV studio and talk about a recent newspaper report that said 60 per cent of Australians experience loneliness. It also said the number of friends people have has halved since 2005. 

I was sad to hear about this but happy to do the interview. I pointed out that loneliness as a problem affected Australians of all ages. But we know that towards the end of our lives the... Read More

12 Jul 2018

A new study suggests feeling younger than you are may slow the rate at which your brain ages.

People who feel younger than their years have greater volumes of grey matter in their brains, which is involved in hearing, emotions, decision making and self-control, aacording to research by South Korea’s Seoul National University.

They also have better memories, consider themselves healthier and are less likely to be depressed. 

“We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” the study’s lead author, the university’s Dr... Read More

12 Jul 2018

Hospital emergency departments and GP clinics should conduct more routine screening to diagnose the 500,000 Australians unaware they have a potentially deadly disease, according to Diabetes Australia.

People could have type 2 diabetes for up to seven years before diagnosis and in that time many people would begin to develop debilitating complications, Diabetes Australia’s Professor Greg Johnson said.

These included heart attacks and strokes, eye damage and blindness, foot ulcers and limb amputation, and kidney damage.

“International evidence has found early detection... Read More

12 Jul 2018

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to structural brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, new Australian research has revealed.

The study’s authors, from the University of Sydney, said the research provided evidence that screening older people for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and providing treatment where needed may help prevent dementia.

OSA is a condition in which the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, which stops breathing and is known to reduce blood oxygen levels.

The study’s findings indicated the decline in blood oxygen levels... Read More

12 Jul 2018

A home-based treatment trial using holographic virtual doctors is aiming to cut hospital admissions and help older people in Western Australia live independently for longer.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the Integrum Aged Care+ trial was designed to support senior Australians with complex care needs and chronic health conditions to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

“This trial aims to overcome the challenges of fragmented care and poorer patient experiences, which can happen when a person is transferred between hospitals, specialists and aged care providers... Read More

12 Jul 2018

German supermarket giant Aldi is now the most trusted brand in Australia, a new survey has shown.

Roy Morgan Research said the survey of 4,000 consumers showed Aldi’s Net Trust Score (NTS) put the supermarket chain ahead of Australian brands NRMA, Bendigo Bank and Qantas.

Aldi’s main supermarket rivals Woolworths and Coles were also rated highly but supermarkets as a category scored a minus NTS, falling behind other industries such as automotive, consumer product brands, travel, and technology.

“Nowhere is a high level of trust more important than when it comes to the... Read More

12 Jul 2018

The Federal Government is distributing nearly 20,000 new toolkits to better inform and educate people about My Health Record, an online summary of your health information.

The kits are designed to equip health practitioners and other agency partners with information and resources to help them advise Australians about My Health Record.

The toolkits contain information about privacy and security controls, examples of data included and how people can opt out or find more information. Contents include information brochures, factsheets, posters,... Read More

12 Jul 2018

Connecting to the NBN is the perfect opportunity to consider switching telecommunications providers, but many Aussies prefer to stick to the one they know, a new survey has shown. 

Comparison website finder.com.au said 80 per cent of the 1,235 NBN users surveyed preferred to stay with their original provider when they connected to the NBN, with many not bothering to shop around for a better deal.

Only 20 per cent changed providers when they activated their new service; this is made up of 15 per cent who switched because they found a... Read More

12 Jul 2018

A once derelict orphanage in South Melbourne is this week celebrating its 25th birthday as a community-run, not-for-profit aged care home.

The bluestone building just off Clarendon Street served as the St Vincent de Paul’s Girls Orphanage for more than a century.

It closed its doors in 1965 and four years later, the site was returned to the Crown and fell into disrepair while... Read More

12 Jul 2018

If you’ve struggled to read fine print or mistakenly worn clothes inside out or back to front, you may be one of the 70 per cent of Australian adults who need to have their eyes checked.

New research from Galaxy has shown difficulty reading fine print is the most common problem with 51 per cent, followed by being unable to see the TV menu clearly (22 per cent) and having difficulty seeing while driving (21 per cent). However, one in four (24 per cent) are worried about the possibility of needing to wear glasses or contact lenses.

... Read More

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