Readers crave local stories about heritage, identity and relationships

According to the 2017 Civica Libraries Index, stories about heritage, identity, love and relationships were most popular among the list of most borrowed Australian fiction books from May 2016 to April 2017.

Silver Economy set to boom

Tech-savvy Baby Boomers are expected to contribute an additional $11.9 billion to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in retirement ventures each year, finds new research released today.

Australians unwilling to protect against fatal lung infection

Three-in-four Australian adults do not consider ‘life-threatening consequences' as sufficient to vaccinate against pneumococcal pneumonia, according to the Lung Foundation Australia.

Scams targeting Indigenous peoples nearly doubled in 2016

In 2016, the ACCC received 1499 reports about scam activity from Indigenous peoples, up 87 per cent on 2015. Losses from these scams totalled nearly $1.5 million.

National Mental Health Commission acts on seclusion and restraint

The National Mental Health Commission calls for all mental health services to increase their effort towards eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint.

Work to start on new Heidelberg aged care home

Victorian aged care provider Benetas will next week celebrate the commencement of works on its state of the art $27 million aged care home in Heidelberg.

SA Mental Health Minister expedites ward closure

Mental Health Minister has instructed the Chief Executive of SA Health to expedite the closure of the Makk and McLeay wards at Oakden following further reports of unnecessary force being used on residents.

Seniors appointed to new NT advisory council

Eight seniors have been selected from across the Northern Territory for the new Minister’s Advisory Council for Senior Territorians (MACST).

Our sunburnt country needs a dose of the sunshine vitamin

New research shows vitamin D deficiency is rife in sunny Australia, prompting dietitians to encourage Aussies to couple safe sun exposure with a healthy ‘dose’ of nutrient-rich foods containing vitamin D.

Check today is your blood pressure OK

Today marks World Hypertension Day and local residents are being urged to know their blood pressure and take action to protect themselves from stroke.

Pensioners being priced out of rental

According to the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on 17 May 2017, rental affordability dropped over the last quarter in all metropolitan areas, except Perth.