News tagged with Health

Vaccinations don’t stop at childhood

 

Once you have had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your nervous system for many years. For reasons that are not fully understood, the virus may become active again and give you shingles. ...

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COTA calls on State Government to prioritise ageing issues

COTA Queensland, the seniors peak body representing 718,000 Queenslanders aged 65 and over, congratulates Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on leading the Labor Government to a second term in office.

COTA has welcomed the reappointment of Coralee O’Rourke as Minister for Seniors and congratulates her on the inclusion of Communities in her responsibilities. We look forward to continuing to work with the Minister for Seniors on the WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities initiative.

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2017 State Election Priorities

Making Queensland Age-Friendly

2017 COTA Queensland State Election Priorities

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is the peak body for Queensland seniors, advancing the rights, needs and futures of older Queenslanders since 1957.

COTA Queensland aims to help create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. These principles are consistent with the World Health Organisation (WHO) age-friendly communities approach.

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‘The New Middle Age: Ways to thrive in the longevity economy’ – National Ageing Research Institute

This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic.

There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an extended life expectancy in a volatile and rapidly changing economic and political environment. The authors argue that Australia and its political leaders have an opportunity to take the lead in bringing the nation round to a … Read the rest

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Help decide the future of digital health information

The Commonwealth Department of Health invites the public to have their say on how data in the My Health Record system may be used in future. There is scope for the My Health Record to be used for a variety of secondary purposes including research, policy and planning. The Australian Government Department of Health has released a Consultation Paper to begin identifying what Australians want the framework to say to help decide who should be able to access My Health … Read the rest

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Glaucoma is the “sneak thief of sight”

Over 65 million people worldwide are thought to have glaucoma. 85% of these are unaware they have the disease and are therefore not receiving vital treatment. In Australia it is estimated over 300,000 people have glaucoma – with half undiagnosed.

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve (our nerve of sight) at the back of the eye is slowly and permanently destroyed. This damage commonly occurs because of raised intra-ocular pressure.… Read the rest

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Care Search Survey Seeks Views on Death and Dying

CareSearch provides online palliative care information and resources to health professionals and to patients, carers and families as well as providing information for the general community.

CareSearch are currently inviting members of the public to complete an anonymous online survey to understand your views on death and dying and find out what you know about palliative care and the CareSearch website.

Further information on the survey can be found on the CareSearch website by clicking here.

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Beat the Heat

Source: Queensland Health 

Prevent heat-related illness – advice for seniors

Hot weather may affect older people more than others. Some people may be at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather. Heat-related illness can also worsen pre-existing medical conditions. Older people who live alone, have chronic medical problems and take certain medications may need special care in hot weather.

If hot weather is predicted or present: 

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How we are representing older Queenslanders in Health

 

Today most Queenslanders can expect to live into their eighties and some beyond. Longer life provides the opportunity to reconsider not only what older age might be but how our whole lives might unfold.

Yet the extent of the opportunities that arise from these extra years of life will be very heavily dependent on one key factor: health. If people are experiencing these years in good health their ability to do things that matter to them will be little … Read the rest

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Winter is Coming

 

With the cooler seasons upon us, Radio COTA has produced a podcast dedicated to keeping healthy and active – even when all we really want to do is stay warm by snuggling on the couch with a good book or movie! ...

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