Opinion piece: Hot weather tips as we age

As we age, we become more prone to heat stress. It is important that we are aware of some of the symptoms of heat-related illness, including rapid heartbeat, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, disorientation and confusion, fainting, delirium, paleness and hot dry skin. There are a number of factors that may increase the risk of… 

Opinion piece: Simple steps to prevent falls

As published in The Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser in December 2018. A broken bone will slow us down at the best of times but, as we age, it can result in losing independence or even needing support at home or in a residential aged care facility. Falls are the leading reason for older people… 

Opinion piece: The changing landscape of retirement living

As published in The Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser in August 2018. It’s no secret that Australia’s population is ageing – in fact, by 2050, close to 1 in 4 Australians will be aged 65 or over. Not only are Australians living longer but, in general, we’re also enjoying a higher quality of health and… 

Compulsory income management should be repealed, not extended

On Thursday 13 December 2018, the Minister for Families and Social Services, Mr Paul Fletcher, announced the Liberal-National Coalition Government’s decision to extend the Cashless Debit Card trials and Income Management program across all existing sites for a further 12 months. All compulsory income management measures in Australia have now been extended until 30 June… 

Opinion piece: Flex your mental muscles for better health

As published in The Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser in October 2018. Good health isn’t just about the body: an active mind plays a crucial role in ageing well and delaying, or even preventing, the onset of related health problems. There’s plenty of evidence to support the benefits of ‘exercising’ the brain to keep diseases… 

Opinion piece: Shedding light on support at home

As featured in The Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser in September 2018. The aged care sector has seen widespread reform over the past decade, most notably for home support services. The ‘consumer directed care’ model implemented by the Federal Government is now offering older Australians more choice about ageing at home. While this has been a… 

Opinion piece: End-of-life care is in your hands

As featured in the Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser on Monday 12 November. Australians are living longer than before – advances in modern medicine have increased our life expectancy significantly. According to the World Health Organisation, in Australia in 2018, life expectancy for a man is 81 years and 84.8 years for a woman. But… 

Briefing paper on the impact of the Community Development Program on APY

This briefing paper provides an overview of the Community Development Program (CDP), with a particular focus on the impact of the CDP in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities in the north west of South Australia.  The Paper then provides commentary on the proposed reforms to the CDP – announced on 8 May 2018 by the Minister for…