ASIC sheds light on no-claims discount schemes

ASIC has released a report on the operation of no-claims discount (NCD) schemes for motor vehicle insurance policies.

RFDS invests in aeromedical jet for NT

Central Australians will soon be cared for 24/7 by a permanently configured aeromedical jet following the purchase of a state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-24 aircraft by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Consultation now open for SA Retirement Villages Act review

South Australians are being encouraged provide feedback on the review of the Retirement Villages Act.

SA campaign against Federal cuts to pensioner concessions

The State Government has launched the next phase of its campaign against Federal Government Budget cuts to South Australia.

Long-wait TAS elective surgery patients to get treatment

Tasmanians who have spent years on waiting lists for elective surgery will get treatment under a $26 million partnership between the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments.

NSW volunteer recognition program launched

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today launched a program to acknowledge the selfless actions of volunteers.

Government action taken to protect aged care residents

Any kind of mistreatment of older Australians in the care of an aged care facility is completely unacceptable - Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield.

Free speech under threat?

Asked to choose which right they felt was most under threat, 39 per cent of Australians surveyed chose freedom of speech.

Domestic and family violence taskforce delivers recommendations

The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, chair of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, delivered 140 recommendations in a report, ‘Not now, Not ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence’ to the Queensland Premier.

Winners of Customer Satisfaction Awards 2014

Roy Morgan Research has revealed the winners of its fourth annual Customer Satisfaction Awards at a gala dinner in Melbourne.

For older adults, a solution to sleepless nights

Everybody has a restless night now and again, but sleep disturbances among the elderly are a significant medical and public health concern.

Biomarker offers clearer prognosis for bowel and rectal cancer

For the first time, a biomarker will allow clinicians to distinguish certain types of colorectal cancer patients who do relatively well after surgery from those who may subsequently die from their disease.

Alzheimer's disease linked to heart's effect on the brain

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a disputed rival with implications for medicine's efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

Private health insurance premium increases 2015

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has approved a private health insurance premium increase by a weighted industry average of 6.18 per cent for more than 13 million Australians from 1 April 2015.

Pancreatic cancer subtypes could guide future treatment

Scientists from Australia and the UK have completed the most comprehensive analysis yet of pancreatic cancer, in a study that could improve future treatments.

Sexual assault and related offences on the rise

The number of people with a principal offence of Sexual assault and related offences increased by 19 per cent in 2013-14, according to figures released today by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Seventy-one year old man gaoled for smuggling drugs

A 71 year old Brisbane man has been sentenced to twelve years imprisonment with a requirement to serve eight years in custody for smuggling 4177.1 grams of methamphetamine in his suitcase.

Knowledge lost as older workers leave workforce

According to a report on older workers, less than a quarter of the respondents to a survey said that their organisation took routine steps to capture the knowledge of workers as they transition out of the workforce.

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.