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Your Aged Care Update issue 23, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #23: Consultation for Aged Care Quality Standards, HCP Program Assurance Community of Practice: Live chat session, Discussion paper: In-home aged care, a Grant Opportunity and more

Our Journey Our Story

Aboriginal-led research is implementing and evaluating the Debakarn Koorliny Wangkiny (Steady Walking and Talking) co-design framework. The aim is to improve mental health services for Aboriginal young people.

Music therapy eHealth supporting people with dementia

A music therapist and a human-computer interaction expert help carers use music to calm people with dementia.

Improving the speed and accuracy of emerging genomic technologies

Dr Ira Deveson’s ultra-fast COVID sequencing workflow made global media headlines. At the peak of the pandemic in 2020, Ira’s new workflow reduced COVID variant sequencing time from one week to 4 hours. This allowed authorities to quickly trace the sources of infections and stop them from spreading.

New National Gene Technology Scheme website

A new website has been launched for the National Gene Technology Scheme – a collaboration between all Australian governments. Learn more about the new website.

New digital resource on managing early breast cancer

Cancer Australia has launched a new, comprehensive digital resource – Guidance for the management of early breast cancer.

MRFF funding for Australians leading COVID-19 research

The Australian Government has made available $96 million for the national effort fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about some projects, supported by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Improving septic shock treatment

The international Pragmatic Pediatric Trial of Balanced vs NormaL Saline Fluid in Sepsis will compare two treatments commonly used to treat sepsis in children to compare their safety and effectiveness.

Leading the world in phenomics

Your phenome is a dynamic fingerprint of your unique biology. The Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) studies phenomes to better understand diseases and an individual’s disease risk.

Genetic testing gives couples family planning choices

Mackenzie's Mission is a ground-breaking initiative which identifies the risk of having a child with a genetic condition.

Getting rid of childhood brain cancer

The Zero Childhood Cancer Personalised Medicine Program (ZERO) is helping to improve survival outcomes for kids most at risk.

Reducing clot complications

Blood clots in leg veins and lung arteries are a significant public health problem. A new international clinical trial will test the 2 drugs currently used for treatment to compare safety and complications.

Supporting MND patients to access innovative treatments

Researchers tested a drug that could help to treat Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Thanks to donors and almost $2 million in MRFF funding, the trial was run at 6 centres.

Sound approach helps babies with hearing loss

Infants with hearing impairment can struggle to learn language and engage fully with the world around them. But a new clinical tool – EarGenie™ – promises to give them a head start soon after birth.

Breathing new life into neonatal research

A premature infant's lungs lack a critical chemical that allows them to 'open' or 'fill'. To address this issue, the largest ever respiratory intervention trial is now underway in delivery rooms across the world.
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