News tagged with Health

‘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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Early Action Plan update: Age Well Roundtable

In 2017 the Queensland Mental Health Commission is renewing the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (the Strategic Plan) and concurrently updating the Early Action: Queensland Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Action Plan 2015–17 (Early Action Plan).

To support the Strategic Plan review, two discussion papers will be distributed and community forums held in early 2017.

Please be advised that the Early Action Reference Group and four Wells Working Groups (Start, Learn and Develop … Read the rest

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What is mental health?

A mental health condition is when an individual’s thinking, feeling, and/or behaviours change, and is often related to stress, and difficulty coping with everyday life.

Mental health is central to your health and wellbeing, including your ability to manage daily life challenges, social interactions, and your physical health.  Around 20% of the population – that’s 1 in 5 Australians, will experience some form of mental health illness in their life time.

Compared to other age groups, older Australians generally have … Read the rest

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NDIS – Gaps in Mental Health

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Over the past few months, there have been emerging reports of concerns people with mental illness will fall through potential gaps with the NDIS.  According to some reports, more than 100,000 people living with mental illness could be left without support as money from a number of federal programs is rolled into the $22 billion scheme.

Some community-based, recovery-oriented programs have been scheduled to cease, leading to potentially significant consequences.

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