Tips to save at the petrol bowser

With no immediate relief from soaring petrol prices in sight, Queensland’s peak motoring body has issued some practical tips to help motorists save money.

Indigenous Social Work and Social Policy

The Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) and Routledge journals have released a special issue of Australian Social Work on Australian Indigenous Social Work and Social Policy.

Gambling reforms

Fingerprints or other biometric data in the full pre-commitment scheme for poker machines ruled out.

QLD Solar hot water rebates for flood and cyclone households

Queenslanders forced to replace household hot water systems damaged or destroyed during Cyclone Yasi or the recent floods may be eligible for rebates up to $1000.

No national plan to prevent stroke deaths

Stroke is still the second biggest cause of death in Australia.

New resource for patients with Chronic Heart Failure

New information to help sufferers of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) is now available for cardiologists, GPs, practice nurses and allied health professionals.

People with dementia don’t receive adequate care

Four in five Australians agree: people with dementia don’t receive adequate care within the community.

Safeguards for Hospitals

Key health reform legislation that will drive safe, high quality health care passes.

Access to Indigenous health services eased by new health brokers

A new health brokerage service has been established for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the inner north of metropolitan Melbourne.

Potential impacts of wind turbines on human health

NHMRC is updating its review of the published scientific literature relating to the potential impacts of wind turbines on human health.

Climate change – lets have a proper debate says VACC

David Purchase, Executive Director from the Victorian Automibile Chamber of Commerce calls for a rational, dispassionate, non-political debate.

Benefits from More Super

Revenues from the new resource taxation regime will go towards building superannuation savings.

Mobility scooter injuries examined in ACCC report

New research into injury data found a total of 442 hospitalisations related to motorised mobility scooter fall injuries during the two years from July 2006 and June 2008.

Bank reform legislation introduced into parliament

Legislation introduced to Parliament for a fairer go with their credit cards.


The credit card reforms include:

  • Requiring credit card lenders to allocate repayments to higher interest debts first

  • Preventing lenders from charging over-limit fees unless consumers specifically agree that their account can go over the limit

  • Banning ‘tick a box’ unsolicited credit offers unless the consumer has agreed to receive them

  • Requiring lenders to tell consumers the implications of only making minimum repayments.


24 March 2011.

Seniors must plan a fire escape

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins has encouraged older residents to take the time during Seniors Week to prepare their homes to prevent fires and draw up a fire escape plan.

Seniors morning movies in TAS and VIC

Village Cinemas Australia offering Tasmanian and Victorian seniors and friends $7 tickets to a schedule of hit films.

Mortgage exit fee ban

Legislation to ban on mortgage exit fees will apply to all new home loans from 1 July 2011.

Panel to assist ACT background checks

A panel of experts will be established to support the ACT Government's proposed new background checking legislation for persons working with vulnerable people and the aged.

SES volunteers ask NSW political parties where they stand

NSWSESVA asks candidates for their position on 14 policies and recommendations for the betterment of volunteers.

Australia's gaps and gains: health and education

While overall our life expectancy continues to climb and our educational attainment increases, gaps remain between the health and education outcomes.

Robots to help improve the care of dementia patients

An aged care and technology forum in Sydney in April will hear how interactive robots are being used to improve the care and quality of life.