Smokers to die from their habit – 1.8 million

The first large-scale, direct evidence on smoking and mortality in Australia shows up to 1.8 million of our 2.7 million smokers will die from their habit if they continue to smoke.

Higher risk of death linked to hospital stays less than 10 days

Older patients are more likely to die following a short hospital stay for a hip fracture, finds research published in The BMJ today.

Stay gas safe after cyclones

Communities affected by cyclones should be very careful using portable gas appliances and strictly follow all operating instructions on the appliances.

SA Premier’s volunteer award nominations open

Volunteer organisations in South Australia are encouraged to nominate a volunteer for the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service.

Airshow showcases Victoria’s flying spirit

Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio launched the 12th Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport.

Cracking down on anti-social behaviour in Public Housing

NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced a re-elected Baird Government will crack down on anti-social and illegal behaviour in public housing communities and evict tenants who commit serious crimes.

WA caps taxi surcharge to 5 per cent

The State Government has capped surcharges imposed on taxi patrons who pay their fare with non-cash methods to 5 per cent.

Australia Cooks competition – finding regional dishes

Australia Cooks is a nationwide search to find the dishes that best define our regions by highlighting the amazing produce Australia has to offer.

Anger can trigger a heart attack!

University of Sydney research reveals that the risk of a heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger.

Aged Care Quality Advisory Council announced

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, has announced the membership of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council.

COACH Program: care from a distance for heart patients

A medical coaching program for patients with cardiovascular disease and/or type 2 diabetes successfully reduced risk factors in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

Safety warning for residents in cyclone-affected areas

Residents in cyclone-affected areas are being asked to be mindful of the dangers of fallen power lines, solar PV systems and generators.

Federal Court orders record penalty against payday lender

The Federal Court has today awarded record penalties totalling $18.975 million against payday lender, The Cash Store Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (TCS), and loan funder, Assistive Finance Australia Pty Ltd (AFA) for their failure to comply with consumer lending laws.

Added sugars - greater role than salt in high blood pressure

Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke, than added salt, says an analysis of published evidence in the online journal Open Heart.

Grants are open for NT Seniors Month 2015

Senior Northern Territorians and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants to help boost events planned for Seniors Month 2015.

Severe weather warning Southern Queensland

Issued by BOM about 5:00am EST on Wednesday 18 February 2015: severe weather warning St Lawrence to Double Island Point.

Renewed calls for Aussies to get active

With Australia’s Healthy Weight Week in full swing, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), has renewed calls for Australians to increase their physical activity levels.

Electric fans cool in heatwaves

A new study reveals electric fans can help prevent heat related illness during heatwaves, contrary to public health authorities’ claims that fans are dangerous when the mercury rises above 35 degrees Celsius.


Issued by BOM at 7:52 pm CST on Tuesday 17 February 2015: Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Lam is continuing to move westwards. Winds increasing at Nhulunbuy overnight.

Deeming rates to be lowered

Social security deeming rates for Australian part-pensioners and allowance recipients will be lowered from 20 March 2015.

Further funding for people with mental illness and their carers

The Federal Government has today announced it will extend funding for two programmes that provides support for people with a mental illness and their carers.