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.

ANZ to refund basic account holders

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is refunding around 25,000 customers approximately $5 million after it failed to properly apply some fee reductions and fee waivers.

Caution! diagnosis creep

An editorial in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber suggests that some guidelines prepared by expert panels are broadening definitions of disease. This means more and more healthy people are being labelled as ‘sick’.

SA Stolen Generations reparations scheme now open

The South Australian Government’s Stolen Generations reparations fund was open for applications on 31 March 2016, following the completion of guidelines for the scheme.

New units for seniors in the heart of Mandurah

The Peel region South of Perth will receive 98 additional units for seniors as part of an ongoing community housing project delivered by the Western Australia Government and Bethanie Housing.

Social housing rent reform proposed to stop homelessness

The NSW Government is taking a stance on the “churn’’ of people from social housing to homelessness and is proposing an automatic rent deduction scheme from Centrelink payments.

Victoria responds to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Victorian Government will overhaul its broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

Free range egg definition a missed opportunity

ACT Minister for Consumer Affairs, Shane Rattenbury, is disappointed that Ministers at the Consumer Affairs Forum failed to improve animal welfare as part of changes to the definition for free range eggs.

Smoke alarms are no April Fools Day joke

Australians are urged to be smart about their safety this April Fool’s Day and change their home’s smoke alarm batteries today.

A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

The Federal Government will change care services for Australians with chronic diseases and complex conditions – aiming to keep them out-of-hospital and living at home.

Men not calling the National Dementia Helpline

Men with a diagnosis of dementia or men who are caring for a person with dementia could be missing out on support and information as only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.

Many older Australian households asset rich, income poor

Asset rich but income poor is the story for nearly one-third of older Australians in low income households, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Reflecting on keepsakes to help seniors stave off loneliness

Socially isolated seniors in regional New South Wales will explore the meaning of the precious objects in their lives.

Australians intend to work longer

Australians aged 45 years and over are intending to work longer than ever before, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.