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Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia: 2016-2056
This NATSEM report updates the Access Economics 2002 estimate to 2016 and also projects likely future costs of dementia over the next 40 years. The report  provides an overview of dementia in Australia, including increases in the prevalence and incidence of dementia over the next 40 years, describes some of the social and economic characteristics of people with dementia, and identifies the impact of dementia on mortality and burden of disease.

Job Opportunity: Research Fellow at CPC (Melbourne)
An opportunity currently exists for an experienced Research Fellow to join The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) team on a Full Time, Fixed Term basis until March 2019. Applications must be receuived by 21 February 2017

Deaths web pages
This AIHW web update presents updated data on deaths, causes of death and life expectancy in Australia. There were 153,580 deaths registered in Australia in 2014.Two-thirds (66%) of deaths were among people aged over 75 years.

Cancer in Australia 2017
This AIHW report presents the latest available information on national population screening programs, Medicare data, cancer incidence, hospitalisations, survival, prevalence, mortality and burden of disease.

PCA Conference 2017: Connection with Community
Abstract submissions and registrations for the 2017 Australian Palliative Care Conference will open on Monday 6 February. The theme of the conference is Connection with Community. This theme challenges us to examine how we connect, who we connect with and how effectively our connections can strengthen and build a community of practice and care within palliative care. More details on the abstract submission process are availble at the conference website.

International survey of carers of  people with heart failure
Carers Australia is involved in a four nation study of carers of people with heart failure being conducted by the Internaitonal Alliance of Carer Organisations. The study aims to determine the impact on family and friend carers and better targeted related support services. Carers of persons with heart failure are invited to complete the survey until 28 February 2017.

New Health Minister
Greg Hunt will become the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.Senator Arthur Sinodinos will take over as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.Ken Wyatt, who has been the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, will become the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health. As senior minister, Mr Hunt will  represent the Aged Care sector in Cabinet. Dr. David Gillespie will serve in the portfolio as Assistant Minister for Health.

essential elements for safe and high-quality paediatric end-of-life care
The National consensus statement:essential elements for safe and high-quality paediatric end-of-life care describes the elements that are essential for delivering safe and high-quality endof-life care to children in acute care settings in Australia. 

Queenslanders needed for study into law at end of life
Queenslanders are being urged to take part in an Australian-first study to better understand community engagement with law at the end of life.The study, led by QUT and CCQ, is the first attempt to assess whether Australians understand and/or act upon their legal right to participate in decisions about medical treatment for themselves, or for their loved ones at the end of life.  Queenslanders can find out more by contacting Dr Rachel Feeney at QUT on 3365 2505, or rachel.feeney@qut.edu.au.

This page was last updated 7 February 2017