40,000 Australians have their say on private health

Almost 40,000 Australians have flooded the Government’s online survey asking whether they are getting value for money from their private health cover and how best to improve their policy.

Australia’s seniors’ film festival returns in 2016

Australia’s only film festival programmed for film lovers aged 60 and up, Young At Heart, will return in April 2016 to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and for the first time, Brisbane.

ABC Radio fine tuning in 2016

ABC Radio has announced key changes to its 2016 line-up for audiences across Australia.

New WA Ronald McDonald House

The new $27 million Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands, officially opened today, provides a home away from home to seriously ill children who are receiving treatment.

Salvos research reveals other side of Christmas

As The Salvation Army’s major Christmas campaign gets under way, new Roy Morgan research, commissioned by The Salvation Army, paints a disturbing picture of the other side of Christmas.

Removing domestic violence perpetrators from family home

In Queensland it will be mandatory for Magistrates to consider ‘ouster conditions’ allowing domestic violence victims to remain in the home, while forcing the perpetrator to leave.

International Day of People with Disability

To mark 3 December the International Day of People with Disability, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is highlighting its data about people with disability.

TAS Public Trustee fees reduced

The Tasmanian Government and the Board of the Public Trustee have approved a reduction of fees charged by the Public Trustee for all Represented Persons with assets of less than $100,000.

ANZAC Day Challenge 2016

After a very successful inaugural event, entries for the 2016 ANZAC Day Challenge have opened.

Grants awarded for VIC support initiatives

Social inclusion for people marginalised by age, disability and mental illness across Victoria have received a boost from the State Trustees Australia Foundation’s annual Grassroots Grants.

WA changing rooms network a first for disabled

The Western Australian State Government has announced the locations of 14 Changing Places or rooms, to give people with disability more freedom to move around their community.

New veterans’ eLearning programs to improve health care

A new posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eLearning program for mental health providers will help improve treatment for former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.

WA carers to have their say

Western Australia's carers are being invited to have their say on the direction of the State Government's first Carers Strategy.

SA intervention orders change to protect women

Women will have greater protection under amendments to Intervention Orders which come into effect in South Australia today.

Australia still pumping out 1% of world CO2 emissions

In the shadow of the Paris Climate Talks Australia has still not reduced carbon dioxide emissions substantively and remains responsible for one per cent of world emissions.

Seniors groups respond to older Australians housing report

Peak seniors bodies have responded quickly to the Productivity Commission's report on what drives the housing decisions of older people and the consequences for their wellbeing.

Housing decisions of older Australians

Many older Australians, especially the less wealthy, continue to save well into old age, increasing net wealth as they face increased health and aged care costs.

Victorian Volunteer Champions

Fifty one outstanding Victorian volunteers were recognised at a ceremony held at Government House for the 2015 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

New WA Mental Health Act

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced landmark developments in mental health treatment and care for people living in regional and remote Western Australia.

More Queensland seniors to become tech savvy

Queensland seniors will be able to grow their technology skills to navigate the digital world because of Queensland Government and Telstra funding to 38 council libraries across the state.

Child care system to support primary carer grandparents

The Federal Government will support grandparents on income support who are the primary carer of their grandchildren through access to subsidised child care under the new Child Care Safety Net.