Women's health

Healthy Ageing: The state of the evidence and available resources

Australia’s population is growing older and a greater proportion of Australians are living longer than ever before. As a result, more people are developing, and living longer with, diseases and disabilities associated with ageing. With escalating health care demands the expected increase in burden of disease in Australia has been reported to be unsustainable. On an individual level, disease and disability can impair quality of life and wellbeing by restricting activity, mobility, social connectedness, and community participation.

Australia’s worst flu outbreak

Australia is suffering its worst flu outbreak on record.

Vaccination advocates The Immunisation Coalition said that as of the morning of 16 August, more than 75,000 cases of influenza had been laboratory confirmed, including a record-breaking 30,000 cases nationwide last month.

New South Wales and Queensland were the worst-affected states, with reported cases numbering 35,315 and 19,662 respectively.

The Immunisation Coalition’s Professor Paul Van Buynder said that with several weeks of flu season still to go, 2017 was set to be a record breaker.

Lack of sleep costing billions, report shows

Australians are not getting enough sleep and it is costing the country billions, a new report shows.

The report Asleep on the Job: Costs of Inadequate Sleep in Australia, compiled by Deloitte Access Economics for the Sleep Health Foundation, found that inadequate sleep kills more than 3,000 people a year.

This includes 394 dying after falling asleep at the wheel of a vehicle or from industrial accidents involving tired workers.

Regional carers struggle to find support

It will come as no surprise to many people, but a new survey has found carers in regional and rural Australia find it harder than those in the city to access many forms of support.

A total of 13,200 people took part in the University of Canberra’s 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey. It is the first time the survey, which began in 2013, has examined the experiences of carers.

The survey is Australia’s largest into the wellbeing of people living in rural and regional areas.

The results showed those living in regional areas had fewer places to turn to for help.

Out of date drugs a danger

If you keep left over or unwanted medicines at home, you may run the risk of accidental poisoning or medication mismanagement.

The drugs may also be a potential danger to young children visiting your home.

Toni Riley, spokeswoman for government-funded company Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM), said a new awareness campaign is urging people to take out-of-date drugs to their local pharmacy for safe collection and disposal.

The staggering cost of unlucky breaks

A new report shows the cost of treating brittle bones in Australians aged over 50 is expected to be a staggering $3.1 billion in 2017.

And the total cost is expected to climb to nearly $22 billion by 2022.

But many of those affected were unaware they had osteoporosis and osteopenia, even after they had suffered a fracture, according to Osteoporosis Australia’s report: Osteoporosis: a burden of disease analysis.

Adults failing to eat their greens

It seems it’s not just children who turn their noses up at fruit and vegetables come dinner time – or any other time of the day.

Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable survey has found that four out of five Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines. But retirees and health industry workers are more likely to meet the recommended dietary guidelines than others.

Dementia figures reveal multi-billion dollar cost

The number of people living with Alzheimer’s in Australia is expected to double over the next 40 years to more than one million at a cost to the taxpayer of $36 billion a year.

A report, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia, called The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056, revealed that there were an estimated 417,000 people with Alzheimer’s currently.

Almost 139,000 were in NSW – at an estimated cost to the community of more than $14 billion this year alone.

More research needed into thunderstorm asthma, report shows

Research into thunderstorm asthma will get a funding boost from the Victorian government after the extreme weather event killed nine people last year.

The preliminary report released this week from the Inspector-General for Emergency Management into the thunderstorm asthma event of 21 and 22 November 2016, found that Victoria suffered an unprecedented rapid-onset event, with ambulance services and hospitals under severe pressure across a wide area.

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