Medicinal cannabis legalised in Victoria

Victorian patients and their families will be able to legally access medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances with the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 passing the Parliament today.

NSW GoGet launches carshare vehicle for people with disability

GoGet carshare is planning transport for people with a disability, launching a fully accessible carsharing vehicle, with the support of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).

Multiple sclerosis stopped in its tracks?

An international research team has demonstrated that a new plant-derived drug can block the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Avoidable early deaths costing Australian economy $15 billion annually

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the Australian economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP ).

Fighting off the blues by Ageing Wisely

A Macquarie University study has found that involvement in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group program, called Ageing Wisely, can help elderly people fight off depression and anxiety.

National Seniors chief steps down

Michael O’Neill has announced he’s stepping down as National Seniors chief executive from the end of May.

New season flu vaccine available

A new four-strain flu vaccine, protecting against the Brisbane virus, is being made available for at-risk Australians for free from April.

ACT hearing impaired to receive smoke alarms

Specialised smoke alarms will be installed for free in the homes of deaf and hearing impaired Canberrans.

Australian Consumer Law review

The review of Australian Consumer Law (ACL) formally commenced on 31 March 2016 with the release of an Issues Paper.

Volunteers acknowledged at ACT national conference

Volunteering is a powerful force in shaping a community that makes all people feel welcome and valued.

Breastscreen Victoria opens Milestone Clinic in Sunbury

Women in Sunbury and surrounding areas will now have better access to lifesaving breast cancer screening with the launch of BreastScreen Victoria’s 40th fixed clinic.

Uber support for seniors an Australian first

NSW seniors will have access to discounted rides with an Australia first alliance between ride-sharing service Uber and the New South Wales Government.

Do you have a share in $1.2 billion of unclaimed money?

ASIC has encouraged Australians to do a quick and free search on its MoneySmart website to see if a share of $1.2 billion of unclaimed money is theirs.

Global diabetes report shows Australia must act

Australia should do more to prevent diabetes and provide better care for those living with the disease, according to an author of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first global diabetes report.

Death of a partner increases risk of irregular heartbeat

The death of a partner is linked to a heightened risk of developing an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation—itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure.

Perpetual reveals 2016 Miles Franklin longlist

Lovers of Australian literature will welcome today's release by Perpetual of the longlist for one of Australia's most prestigious literary awards, the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

What will the scrapping of Queensland's anti-bikie laws mean for organised crime?

The Queensland government has announced it will introduce a new suite of laws designed to tackle organised crime on a much broader front than just targeting bikies.

Serious organised crime laws proposed in QLD

The Queensland Government is to introduce a new regime of laws to tackle serious organised crime, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today.

Transperth free public transport a seniors favoutite

Seniors in Western Australia are staying connected to their communities for longer, taking more than nine million free off-peak trips on Transperth services in 2015.

Price reduction for over 400 PBS medications

Prescriptions for common medicines, treating everything from cholesterol to high blood pressure, will drop in price by as much as $20 – or 60 per cent from 3 April 2016.

Physical and mental exercises protect memory by rewiring the brain

Researchers have revealed that progressive resistance exercise (high intensity strength training) and computerised cognitive training (brain training) produce brain changes that help explain their therapeutic value.