Solar funds for community organisations in VIC and QLD

The Federal Government is helping community organisations in Victoria and Queensland to lower their electricity bills under the Solar Towns Programme.

Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2015 winners

The 2015 winning authors were commended for sharing their Australian stories which capture the complexity of contemporary life and insightfully reflect on the past.

Drivers urged to take care to avoid Christmas road carnage

This Christmas Queensland is saluting ‘dry drivers’ who do their bit to keep their family and friends safe on the roads.

Fire refuge opened in time for summer

A community fire refuge in the Yarra Ranges which will provide another last-resort shelter for people threatened by significant fires has been oficially opened.

Court gives Nurofen specific pain

Federal Court has found that Reckitt Benckiser, Nurofen's manufacturer, engaged in misleading conduct by saying Nurofen products treated specific different types of pain but didn't.

Loneliness can be a killer

A new study from the United States’ National Institutes of Health shows that loneliness can increase the risk of premature death in older adults by as much as 14%, Forbes reports.

Rooming house protections for Victoria’s vulnerable

A new Bill introduced to the Parliament last week, will help protect some of Victoria’s most vulnerable residents from unscrupulous rooming house operators.

Veteran support - Christmas period

Support services for veterans will continue to be available throughout the Christmas period.

Marrakesh Treaty helps vision impaired to access books

Australia has joined an international treaty that will help an estimated 285 million people with vision impairment worldwide enjoy greater access to books and overcome copyright barriers.

Updated online service to help non-English speakers find interpreters

Non-English speakers can find information about how to access interpreting services in Australia more easily with theupdated TIS National’s website.

Being happy won't make you live longer

A new study has challenged the widespread, but mistaken, notion that unhappiness and stress cause ill health and found that being happy won't make you live longer.

'No-drill' dentistry stops tooth decay

Tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional 'fill and drill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades.

Ten tips to keep you mosquito free this summer

Summer is here and so are mosquitoes. There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to beating the bite of backyard mosquitoes.

Software to improve continuity of care

Innovative software can now be used to improve aged care, with leading global health care company Raisoft signing a non-exclusive license.

Support for aged care in rural and remote communities

The Commonwealth today announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative.

Grants to SLS clubs to keep us sea side safe

Every Australian surf life-saving club will receive $5000 to improve safety equipment and better-prevent drownings this summer as part of the latest round of Commonwealth funding.

Credit reporting systems change

The Australian Retail Credit Association Ltd (ARCA) has been authorised by the ACCC to exchange comprehensive consumer credit data between signatory credit reporting bodies and lenders.

Questions raised over aged care workforce programmes

More-than-half of all taxpayer-funded aged care workforce programmes have never had their performance reviewed or evaluated.

Specialist Homelessness Services report released

Mental health and domestic violence continue to be key issues facing homelessness services.

TAS North West trout fishery opening

One of Tasmania’s renowned recreational trout fisheries will open to all enthusiasts in a move to increase participation and visitation in the state’s North West.

More VIC householders to access solar power

The Victorian Government is making it easier for householders to install solar power panels and take up the use of renewable energy technology.