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Australian aged care residents seven times more likely to be taking painkiller medications when compared with Japan

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A new study from Monash University, in collaboration with Japan’s Institute for Health Economics and Policy, has revealed that only 11 per cent of Japanese aged care facility residents are prescribed regular painkiller medications, compared to nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of Australia’s aged care facility population.   Furthermore, the use of opioid painkiller medicines in … Continued

Funding Success to Investigate Brain Microbiome

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For the first time, UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) will consider the role of the brain microbiome in promoting health and the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia, thanks to a $90,000 grant awarded by the Mostyn Family Foundation – an inter-generational Foundation that was established in 2011 by brothers Richard, Andrew … Continued

Older Australians join the fight against loneliness and social isolation

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Older Australians will help Monash University-led research to assess and address social isolation and loneliness among their peers. The research team needs participants to help evaluate the federal government’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS), which sees volunteers visit older people to provide friendship and companionship. Conducted for the federal Department of Health and Aged … Continued