World Consumer Rights Day

Consumers are being reminded of their marketplace rights, ahead of World Consumer Rights Day on Sunday 15 March.

Older age groups succumb to chronic disease

New information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) presents the latest data on causes of death in Australia.

Boost needed in older workforce

Increasing the number of mature-age people in the workforce will be critical to Australia’s prosperity and its ability to fund public services in the future, Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said.

Homeopathy – no evidence it treats health conditions

The NHMRC has released a statement concluding that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions.

Affordability crisis needs real solutions

Speaking at an affordable housing forum in Sydney, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie will call on Governments to improve housing affordability in Australia.

Enhance support for people in financial hardship

To help people in financial hardship receive better assistance, the banking industry has released new guidance on of arrangements available for customers experiencing financial difficulty.

Alzheimer’s breakthrough using ultrasound

Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory.

Bicycles turn back the clock for seniors

Fancy a hobby that’s fun, keeps you fit and, best of all, is scientifically proven to keep you young? Then it’s time to get back on your bike.

Too many unaware of high blood pressure risks

A new survey* reveals many Australians are unaware of the serious risks associated with high blood pressure and often find it difficult to make the lifestyle changes after being diagnosed.

Declining cheque use as payments go digital

Australian consumers are continuing to move away from cheques and cash in favour of cards and other electronic payments.

First Brisbane-to-Melbourne Rail tenders

Australia's iconic Brisbane-to-Melbourne Inland Rail project will receive $300 million with the first round of open tenders advertised 7 March 2015.

Telecommunications prices fall

The ACCC’s annual telecommunications reports for 2013-14 show that the prices paid by consumers for telecommunications services fell by 2.7 per cent in real terms in 2013-14.

Australians need more calcium and iron - ABS

In a joint first between the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), estimates of Australians’ usual intake of nutrients have been produced and calcium is found to be lacking.

QLD Labor to address long wait lists - again

The Queensland Government will make $30 million immediately available to Queensland Hospital and Health Services to start the process of addressing the ‘waiting list for the waiting list’.

Action needed on NSW housing crisis

Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is calling on both major parties to tell voters how they plan to address the housing crisis before the State Government election on 28 March 2015.

Quakers Hill Nursing Home management’s response ‘lame and risky’ - Coroner

Findings from the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire coronial inquest are damning of the nursing home’s employment and management of Roger Dean, who lit two fires which killed 11 residents in November 2011.

Family violence reform for WA

The State Government will overhaul the Restraining Orders Act 1997 as part of a comprehensive reform package to better protect family violence victims in Western Australia.

Gender superannuation gap

The current 19% pay gap between women and men’s wages in Australia is translating into a yawning superannuation gap of 47%.

Moderate coffee consumption lessens risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks

People who drink a moderate amount of coffee daily are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, reveals research published online in the journal Heart.

Sydney seniors getting ready to rock at ‘Prom Night’ ball

Elderly clients of UnitingCare Ageing’s services across Sydney are getting ready to rock at this year’s Seniors’ Ball at the Hordern Pavilion in the Moore Park Entertainment Precinct.

Intergenerational Report – seniors body perspectives

The fourth Intergenerational Report (IGR), released today by Treasurer Joe Hockey, reveals an outlook of optimism, opportunity and challenge, says National Seniors.