Carer Gateway provides information about the services and support available for people who care for someone with a disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or who are frail aged. This service is available via www.carergateway.gov.au or by phone 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm. Educational resources recently published on Carer Gateway include Dealing with stress, Effective communications techniques and Recharge and reconnect
The term 'home care package' refers to a fixed amount of money allocated by the federal government to an older person to provide services which will enable them to continue to live independently. You can read more about what a home care package is and who is eligible in the excellent overview provided on The Conversation website Explainer: what is a home care package and who is eligible?
Folllowing the announcement last year that professional football players, Len Johnrose and Stephen Darby, had been diagnosed with MND and previous announcements from other prominent footballers in England and across the world in recent years, the MND Research Blog featured Professional football and MND - looking at the evidence in March 2019. In the article some of the studies that investigate the incidence (rate of newly diagnosed cases) of MND in professional football players are reviewed and potential related causes, including head injuries, physical activity, substance abuse and pesticides, are discussed. The authors find that the headlines surrounding MND and football should be approached with some clear thinking and that it is vital that the causes of MND and any possible underlying factors are uncovered and understood. More studies are needed that use matched groups of professional sports people from different countries, together with control groups, to draw a definitive conclusion.