Alcohol sales the only joy for retailers

Australians bought more alcohol at Christmas but that was about it, with retail figures representing a conservative season.

Retail revenue growth for the holiday season fell short of expectations, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA).

The 2.49 per cent total year-on-year growth fell short of the ARA and Roy Morgan’s predicted 2.8 per cent increase for the period of 15 November to 24 December.


Better care with My Health Record

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on senior Australians to embrace the rollout of My Health Record, for secure, safer and more convenient care.

Mr Wyatt said the patient-centred digital system helped health professionals deliver the best care.

“My Health Record empowers Australians to take better control of their health and provides secure access to patients’ health information at the point of care,” he said.

Other road users are the biggest fear for Baby Boomer drivers

Baby Boomers are Australia’s best drivers but more than half of them fear the behaviour of other road users, new research shows.

A survey of more than 2,000 Australian drivers found 58 per cent of Boomers, born between 1956 and 1961, feared other drivers the most.

But while seven out of 10 Baby Boomers had fears about travelling on the roads, they were also the most fearless, in contrast to 91 per cent of Generation Y or Millenials (those born between 1981 and 1997).

When enough is enough, you can vote with your feet...I did!

By Paul Geisel, Aged Care Specialist, Aged Care Matters

I guess the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is true with many providers in most industries in the modern world, and aged care is no different.

I think we believe that most providers have the best intentions and will generally strive to deliver on their promises and value offerings to the best of their ability. The care industry simply by its name would suggest that ‘care’ is of the utmost importance. Or is it?

Pharmacists welcome new pain management service

Pharmacists have welcomed a new $20 million trial by the Federal Government to support people suffering from ongoing chronic pain, the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), said today.

Launched by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt in Melbourne, the Pain MedsCheck program will be delivered in a partnership between the PSA and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia through community pharmacies across Australia.

Let's get physical for healthy ageing

New Turnbull Government-funded research has highlighted the crucial role of structured physical exercise and building strength in improving the health, independence and quality of life of senior Australians.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said this week that the two-year, $1.4 million Muscling Up Against Disability study had yielded impressive results from progressive resistance plus balance training (PRBT).

“The benefits were often life-changing and for some participants, were seemingly miraculous,” Minister Wyatt said.

Aussie men are eating twice as much salt as they should

Australian men are consuming almost twice the recommended maximum daily intake of salt, with women not far behind, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online by the Medical Journal of Australia.

Led by Professor Bruce Neal, senior director of the Food Policy Division of the George Institute for Global Health, the authors analysed 31 published studies and one unpublished dataset, including a total of 16,836 participants over 26 years (1989–2015). They found that measuring salt intake based on self-reporting substantially underestimated consumption.

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