Lower fees, higher returns: how to make superannuation work for Australians

The Government must act to prevent excessive fees taking at least $40,000 from the superannuation accounts of millions of Australians at retirement, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Federal Budget fails fairness test - ACOSS

A new report from the Australian Council of Social Service says that, combined 2014 and 2015 Budget savings would strip an estimated $15 billion over four years from basic services and supports.

New funding arrangements to boost after hours GP Services

A new payment model will provide improved access to a local doctor after-hours and will encourage General Practices to treat patients outside of business hours.

Youth Action urging trial of homeshare with older Australians

Students and young workers could move in with older Australians — exchanging household assistance for free or subsidised rent.

Pension changes to hit middle Australia hardest

New analysis of the federal government’s proposed changes to the pension shows those on average incomes or below will suffer the heaviest impact to their retirement income.

Tips to increase value from health insurance

New findings suggest that almost 60 per cent of Australians with private health insurance would consider axing their cover if government rebates did not exist, despite 80 per cent seeing value in their policies.

QLD double demerit points for texting drivers

Motorists repeatedly caught texting or using their mobile phone while driving will face stiffer penalties under changes being rolled out by the Queensland Government.

Australians lose over $80 million to scams in 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams Report reveals that 91,637 Australians scam complaints were made to the ACCC last year, with $81,832,793 reported lost.

The Dementia Epidemic: Is Australia Prepared?

Industry experts, people living with dementia, carers and researchers will share their expertise and stories at a first-of-its-kind forum on dementia on Wednesday 20 May at the University of Sydney.

Brisbane artist wins NAIDOC Poster Competition

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated Brisbane graphic artist, Elaine Chambers, on being the 2015 National NAIDOC poster artist.

Gunbalanya elder recognised with Order of Australia

Gunbalanya elder, Timothy Nadjowh has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Indigenous communities of West Arnhem Land and to the visual arts.

Benevolent Society appoints aged care expert as CEO

The Benevolent Society, has appointed Joanne Toohey as Chief Executive Officer, after nine months of serving as acting CEO following the departure of Anne Hollonds in July 2014.

Hearing aid devices keep breaking sound barrier

Improvements in technology and a growing elderly hearing impaired market are driving the development of a train of hearing devices claiming supremacy over predecessors. Here are two more.

NSW public transport hazards for aged commuters

Automatic boom gates that shut too quickly, fast set downs on trains and buses and slippery platforms are among the major hazards confronting older and less mobile commuters.

Reassessing high use of heartburn and reflux medicines

Many Australians may be using (and spending money on) a daily prescription heartburn and reflux medicine that may not be necessary.

Volunteers not safe from workplace bullying

Despite the charitable nature of volunteering new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University has found one in three volunteers can experience workplace bullying as in any other workplace.

Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.

Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate

Australia could not function without the enormous and mostly hidden contribution of carers.

High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

Time to change smoke alarm batteries

Families are urged to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks back at the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday 5 April.

Mental health funding extended

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced.