New guide to support carers

A new guide to help health professionals deliver improved support to those who care for someone with a mental illness has been launched today.

World-first blood test for Parkinson's

La Trobe University researchers have developed a world-first diagnostic blood test which could change the lives of people to be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

VIC Senior of the Year nominations called

The 2016 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards will feature a new award to celebrate and honour the outstanding work that organisations and business are doing to create age-friendly communities.

QLD National Injury Insurance Scheme

Queensland has introduced legislation to implement a National Injury Insurance Scheme giving lifetime treatment, care and support to people catastrophically injured in vehicle crashes.

Domestic strangulation an offence under QLD’s Criminal Code

The Queensland Government has passed laws to make non-fatal strangulation a separate offence under the Criminal Code, to strengthen the response to domestic and family violence.

Resilient Australia Award 2016 applications open

Now in their 17th year, the Resilient Australia awards are a national program to recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience.

Strike team to target organised crime gangs in SA

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and South Australia Police M inister Peter Malinauskas have announced a National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) Strike Team for South Australia to tackle outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Taking opportunities of an ageing population

Government, academia, business and the non-government sector have came together to discuss how NSW can seize opportunities created by an ageing population at a roundtable today.

Checking condom use in the over-50s

Investigations show that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the over-50 age group and could surpass the infection rates of younger people because of the low use of condoms.

Thinking about getting the 2016 flu vaccine?

Up to one in ten adults and three in ten children are infected with influenza each year.

What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.

Next generation of the $5 banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia has released images of the new $5 banknote that will be issued into circulation from 1 September 2016.

How can we use foods as medicine?

At a time when food and nutrition information is at an all-time high, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about food-based recommendations for wellness.

Murri court opens in Rockhampton

The first of 13 Murri Courts was formally launched in Rockhampton to reinstate diversionary court options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.

Tapping the economic potential of SA’s ageing population

The State Government has commissioned the preparation of a Mature Economy Business and Jobs Strategy to explore the emerging economic potential of South Australia’s ageing population.

New support for VIC seniors

Victoria's Government today announced new initiatives to address loneliness and social isolation experienced by Victorian seniors and create more age-friendly communities.

SA suicide prevention grants

South Australia Health is encouraging SA organisations and individuals to apply for grants to deliver activities or projects that support suicide prevention in their local community.

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 ).