Australians might be living longer – but our AAA credit rating won’t, says a leading chief economist: Australia’s AAA credit rating will ‘go the way of the dodo’ thanks to exploding healthcare costs that are financially unsustainable.
‘We are just living too long,’ said Nathan Taylor, chief economist, Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) at yesterday’s Australian Self- Medication Industry’s annual conference in Sydney.
‘The use of health services increasingly with earlier interventions and... Read more
Isla and Jude Donnell’s house is like any other house where any ordinary four-year-old and two-year-old live – it’s full of fairies and tutus, cars and trains, dolls and prams, books and puzzles.
But Isla and Jude aren’t ordinary children. They both have Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare, degenerative genetic disease for which there is no effective treatment – and unless a cure is found soon, their life expectancy is in their mid-teens.
‘Around the age of two and a half years of age, we started to have some slight... Read more
It was five o’clock on a Saturday morning, and Bess Gairns was isolated – living with her fiancé, Andrew O’Connor, on a cotton farm which she describes as ‘in the middle of nowhere’.
Bess, 26 weeks pregnant, was looking forward to her first birthing class later that day, but her son, Eddison, had other ideas. Bess didn’t make it to the birthing class – she was too busy giving birth instead.
‘When I went into labour it was action stations,’ Bess told Post Script. ‘It took 40 minutes for an ambulance to get to... Read more
Vaginal atrophy affects almost half of postmenopausal woman – and it can have a huge impact on their quality of life.
New global data, supported by a local survey of more than 1000 Australians, recently shed light on the physical and emotional impact of vaginal atrophy on affected women and their male partners.
The CLOSER (CLarifying vaginal atrophy’s impact On SEx and Relationships) survey involved more than 8000 participants worldwide; it has now been repeated in Australia with approximately 500... Read more
It’s a dangerous misconception that depression is just one part of getting older – and older generations may be more likely to stigmatise peers living with mental illness.
A study by SANE Australia has found that more support, services and education are needed to appropriately care for our ageing population.
Inadequate care, poor health, isolation and unstable housing are major concerns for many older people with mental illness, the research shows.
‘We found from first-hand accounts that there are... Read more