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How many deaths are there in Australia each year?

There’s more than enough news around at the moment to get you down, however, as demographers, we look to understand deaths and the death rate as an important part of the demographic story of any place. In this blog, Glenn looks at what is ‘normal’ for the death rate in… Read more »

Advance care planning – now more important than ever

As Australia prepares for the COVID-19 crisis in the months ahead, I urge colleagues in the aged care sector to include advance care planning in their preparations. The Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2019 cites the importance of Advance Care Directives as part of a coordinated response. Given… Read more »

Can you die from a Broken Heart?

Broken Heart Syndrome is real.  Anyone who has lost a loved one, gone through a particularly painful break-up or grieving for a lost pet will testify to that one. But a metaphoric broken heart can (in some circumstances) actually lead to a cardiac arrest (amongst other things) which could ultimately lead to… Read more »

Elder Abuse and the Law

Elder law is an area of law that seems to be increasingly under the spotlight.  It’s seen as a niche & specialised are of the law, but is one that will affect us all in our old age.   Even more so over the next few years with our aging population…. Read more »