Intergenerational Report – seniors body perspectives

The fourth Intergenerational Report (IGR), released today by Treasurer Joe Hockey, reveals an outlook of optimism, opportunity and challenge, says National Seniors.

Intergenerational Report stark choices

At the release of the report, the Treasury Joe Hockey said the Report is the social compact between the generations – children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and each other.

Hidden hazards in green products

A University of Melbourne researcher has found that common consumer products, including those marketed as ‘green', 'all-natural', 'non-toxic', and ‘organic’, emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality.

Losing a spouse often hastily linked to depression

Loneliness brought about by the death of a spouse can trigger a wider network of depression-like symptoms – and doctors are often too quick to attribute the symptoms to depression.

Living alone in Australia

A quarter of all Australian households are now lone person households, according to a new demographic trends paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australia Post charges to increase and speed to drop

The Government has approved an Australia Post's request to introduce a two-speed letters service – a Priority and Regular service that will be introduced for consumers no earlier than September 2015.

Risks taking paracetamol long-term

Doctors may have underestimated the risks for patients who take paracetamol long-term, suggests research published online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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.