Discounted energy plans for NSW seniors

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced a new partnership with AGL Energy (AGL) that will allow New South Wales Seniors Card holders to access discounted energy plans.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome study

An Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member is conducting a world-first study into chronic lateral hip pain in post-menopausal women, also known as GTPS.

Heater safety checks as temperatures drop

As temperatures drop and winter sets in, Queenslanders are being urged to check their heating appliances before using them for warmth and comfort.

Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you

People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Federal Government funding for palliative care projects.

Curb winter weight gain: Trim takeaway tips from nutrition experts

The DAA says that nearly half of all Australian adults are expected to pile on the kilos over winter, prompting calls to reign in fatty takeaways and discretionary foods over the cooler months.

QLD strategy for End-of-Life Care launched

Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick has launched Queensland’s Statewide Strategy for End-of-Life Care to ensure people facing a terminal illness receive a high standard of care.

Consumers big winners from medicines deals

The price of common medicines could be slashed – potentially saving patients over $100 per year – with the Federal Government striking two landmark deals benefiting consumers.

Elderly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery

Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts.

New Women’s Money Toolkit

ASIC has launched a ‘Women’s Money Toolkit’, a free online resource to help women manage their finances, make money decisions at key life stages and enhance their financial wellbeing.

Bank survey scams

The Australian Bankers’ Association has repeated its warnings to the public not to respond to telephone surveys where the caller falsely claims to be from the ABA.

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.