Half a million ready to ditch private health insurance
A Galaxy Poll undertaken for iSelect has found that over 500,000 Australians are ready to quit private health insurance with premiums set to rise an average of 5.9 per cent on 1 April 2016.
This Easter, churches will be praying for a rebirth
Death and resurrection are the central themes of the main Christian festival of Easter. And this Easter, these themes are becoming uncomfortably close for thoughtful church leaders.
Death rates in older pensioners – austerity link
A study says cuts in Pension Credit spending as part of the British government’s austerity measures in England have a ‘significant’ link with a rise in death rates among pensioners aged 85 or over.
South Korea’s demographic ageing dilemma
In 1950, 551,000 Koreans or 2.9 per cent of the population were aged 65 or above when the Korean War broke out. In 2014, 6.4 million South Koreans, or 12.7 per cent were aged 65 or above.
Be gas safe this Easter to avoid injury
Holiday makers using portable gas appliances are urged to follow safety instructions this Easter to prevent someone being seriously injured or killed.
Victorian public transport joins Google Maps
Victorians can now plan their public transport journey on Google Maps.
Help for Victorians with power bills
Victorian energy companies may face penalties of up to $20,000 for failing to offer assistance to customers in financial hardship.
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner wants to hear concerns
The Federal Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Rae Lamb, appeared on television news last night to say that anyone can raise concerns about Australian Government funded aged care services.
Online tool to access skin cancer risk
Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have developed an online tool to predict the risk for people aged 40 and over of developing non-melanoma skin cancers.
DVDs provide access to lifesaving information for hard-of-hearing
Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults will now have easy access to potentially lifesaving information following the launch of specially formatted fire safety and first aid information DVDs.
Participation in free bowel screening preventing deaths
In a renewed bid to cut the incidence of bowel cancer, the Australian Government today launched A Gift for Living campaign, as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Relationship reality TV: entertainment masquerading as science
Over recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of reality TV shows on the topic of relationships. Much of the viewing audience understands these shows sensationalise relationships and that, in the “real world”, romantic relationships don’t play out as they do on these programs.
Retirement is good for your health
A study led by University of Sydney has found that people become more active, sleep better and reduce their sitting time when they retire.
Dementia carers contemplate suicide
Research has found that one in four people who provide care for a family member with dementia have contemplated suicide more than once in the last year.
Participants needed – study into health, wellbeing and quality of life
People aged 60 and over in Queensland and New South Wales are needed to contribute to a study about their health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Dementia and medicines - understanding your options
Alzheimer’s Australia and NPS MedicineWise have launched a new campaign to educate people living with dementia—and people involved in their care—about their rights when it comes to treatment options.
New Aged Pension rates
The Department of Human Services has released new Aged Pension rates effective as at 20 March 2016.
Veterans pensions set to increase
Veteran pension payments will increase in March in line with the biannual indexation process.
New tax stats – highest and lowest income areas
Australia’s highest earners, richest and poorest postcodes have been revealed with the ATO releasing Taxation statistics 2013-14.
SA residential park legislation review
The Government has released a discussion paper which aims to increase long-term security in residential parks for low-income South Australians and retirees.
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