Changing patterns of mortality reflect ageing population

Heart disease, dementia, stroke, lung cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases remain the top 5 leading causes of death in Australia, accounting for more than one third of all deaths.

International Women's Day 2016

Tuesday 8 March is International Women’s Day, a day that has now been commemorated for over 100 years in recognition of women’s economic, social and cultural achievements.

In-home aged care technology trial

Elderly Australians are one step closer to gaining greater autonomy and security in their homes with the announcement of a Samsung backed Holly Smart Home Project technology trial.

Inner city Sydney homelessness peak

February 2016 numbers of the City of Sydney Street Count is at an all-time high of 486 rough sleepers and crisis accommodation services 98% full.

My Health Record roll out

The number of Australians with a digital health record will jump by more than a million with automatic record creation and the Government giving people the choice of opting out from the scheme if they wish.

Court orders Crisco to pay $200,000 penalty

The Federal Court has ordered Chrisco to pay a penalty of $200,000 for making a false or misleading representation that customers could not cancel a lay-by agreement after making their final payment.

Glaucoma: the sneaky blindness

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the elderly, which is often not recognised until after it's progressive eye damage is well under way.

ACT pharmacists to offer flu vaccines

This flu season Canberrans will be able to have the influenza vaccine administered by a pharmacist for the first time after a new regulation came into effect this week.

Reform to negative gearing needed

Community service and housing organisations today called on the Federal Government to resist fighting an election campaign on a platform of inaction on housing affordability.

Is a 5.6% increase in private health insurance premiums justified?

Health Minister Sussan Ley today announced private health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 5.6% from April. This amounts to the average family paying about $300 more a year for an average policy.

New BlueBays app to help disability permit holders find a park

The South Australian State Government has developed a free mobile phone app to help people with disability share and locate accessible parking spaces around South Australia.

ACT bus driver recruitment

ACTION will start its annual ACT recruitment process for new bus drivers next week with an information evening on Tuesday 8 March 2016.

NSW Elder Abuse Helpline funding

Additional funding is to be provided for the New South Wales Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit, which has received more than 4,000 calls since it was created.

Under-insurance of homes a major issue

81 per cent of renters and homeowners are exposed to financial loss because their home and contents insurance does not cover them to resume the same standard of living in the event of a crisis.

Search for prize-winning innovation for older people

A competition to find the best innovation to improve the quality of life for older people using the Internet of Things (IoT) has been launched today with a €50,000 cash prize for the winner.

Tea leaves with ephedrine

A 61-year-old Sydney woman is scheduled to appear in Court after being charged with importing approximately seven kilograms of ephedrine on the weekend.

Do you have dangerous Infinity electrical cables in your house?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that many unsuspecting home and business owners have degrading Infinity electrical cables installed in their premises.

Health insurance average increase of 5.59 per cent from 1 April 2016

The smallest increase was the Doctor's Health Fund Pty Ltd at 3.76 per cent and the highest was CUA Health Fund Ltd 8.95 per cent.

Report on protecting QLD seniors from financial abuse

Older Queenslanders to have greater financial protection as the Queensland Government starts action on recommendations from an inquiry into the financial risks and concerns faced by seniors.

Commencement of ACT Mental Health Act

The new Mental Health Act 2015 has come into in effect, giving those in the ACT living with mental illness greater opportunities to contribute to decisions on their treatment, care and support.

The A to Z directory of NSW homeless help

"Ask Izzy” is available to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find shelter, food, health and other critical support services.