Working group on affordable housing

The Commonwealth Government will establish a working group to investigate innovative ways to improve the availability of affordable housing.

Health insurance option proposed

Consumers frustrated by the confusion and uncertainty of choosing the right health insurance policy could gain buying power under a reform proposed by the Consumers Health Forum.

Remembering killed Vietnam veterans

Vietnam Veterans who died in the service of their country will be remembered at a poignant commemoration in February as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and the Vietnam War.

Lack of deep sleep may set the stage for Alzheimer's

There's growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.

Caregivers will suffer stress

It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you.

Best brekkie for Baby Boomers

Breakfast is still one of the most important meals of the day so it's important to eat the right combination of foods with which to start the day and stay more healthy.

Rental protection for victims of SA domestic violence

South Australia has stronger protections for victims of domestic violence who are renting their homes, under new laws which came into effect on 1 January 2015.

19.3 per cent annual super shortfall for full-time women

A gender pay gap in average annual earnings for full-time permanent employees results in an annual 19.3 per cent shortfall in superannuation contributions for women compared to men.

Be a safe and happy camper this summer

Outdoor enthusiasts camping and bushwalking over the summer break are being urged to enjoy the great outdoors safely.

Australia Post stamp price increase

From 4 January 2016, Australia Post introduced a number of price increases and service downgrades to its letters service.

New Aged Care Complaints Commissioner

Australia’s ‘independent’ Aged Care Complaints Commissioner starts work this week, to handle and investigate any complaint relating to a Commonwealth subsidised residential or home-based aged care service.

Perth study seeks females for free exercise sessions

If your New Year’s resolutions are usually made after a couple of weeks of too much food and not enough exercise, Edith Cowan University may be able to help.

National Carer Gateway launched

A new government carer gateway will make it easier for carers to access practical information and advice, and to connect with services in their local area.

Discounted PBS prescriptions start

1 January 2016 marks the start of competition reforms by which pharmacists are able to discount the cost of a prescription subsidised through the Government’s PBS by up to $1.

Panadol Osteo price hike to cause pocket pain

The ACCC has been alerted to plans by the makers of Panadol Osteo to increase its price by 50 per cent on 1 January 2016.

Breast cancer spread by rogue milk-producing protien

A protein that controls milk production in the breast after pregnancy can ‘go rogue’ in breast cancer and drive the spread of cancer cells to the lungs.

Gold Opal cards available to interstate seniors

All Australian seniors will be able to enjoy the benefits of the NSW Gold Opal public transport card with applications open for around 480,000 seniors living interstate.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

The NGV’s popular, free 11-day Kids Summer Festival returns to Melbourne from 10am-3pm 16 – 26 January at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Subdued superannuation ending for 2015

Challenging market conditions continue to impact superannuation funds with the median Balanced Option down 0.3 per cent in November, taking the calendar year to date return to 5.2 per cent.

Next generation of SES trucks rolled out in SA

Three next generation rescue trucks were rolled out by the State Emergency Service in South Austrlaia.

Driver fatigue – fact and fiction

There are a number of misconceptions about the affect of fatigue on driving and what can be done to make driving safer.