Do we really need funeral insurance?

TV advertisements for funeral insurance often warn of the huge financial impost created for families when you die. They argue the only way to protect your loved ones is to take out insurance.

Raising super access age a negative policy move

Calls to raise the super access age beyond 60 are not likely to return economic or social benefits, according to a Deakin Law School superannuation law expert.

Wealth loss after 50 can be deadly

A sudden loss of wealth in middle or old age can be financially devastating—and fatal.

Aged care funding injection needed – aged care peak body

New data released today by independent industry analyst StewartBrown shows that more aged care providers are operating at a loss.

Out of pocket health cost pain

Out of pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become common place for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions, a national survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found.

Prostate MRI scans increase detection of cancer and reduce over-diagnosis

An international study by 35 organisations and institutions with the University of Birmingham has found that an MRI scan and targeted prostate biopsies are significantly better at making a positive prostate cancer diagnosis than standard biopsies.

Commonwealth Games flu cautions

Reports have been received that three people at the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village have been placed in isolation and are receiving medical treatment for the flu.

Building or extending? the right contract can save you time and money

The latest edition of Australian Building Industry Contracts launches today, representing the most contemporary version of the most widely used building contract in Australia.

Quitting Facebook can reduce stress

There may be more benefits to deleting your Facebook account than just protecting your private data – it could also reduce your stress levels.

Spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain - little evidence it'll work

Back pain affects one in four Australians. It’s so common, nearly all of us (about 85%) will have at least one episode at some stage of our lives.

Aged care development for Claremont WA

An innovative development comprising a childcare facility and aged care accommodation is set to be built at LandCorp's Claremont on the Park project in Western Perth.

Custom-made foot orthoses no better than shams

Foot orthoses specifically moulded to help people with plantar heel pain appear to be no more effective than cheaper over-the-counter insoles or other treatments.

Nominations call for Aged Care Quality Awards

Nominations for the aged care 2018 Better Practice Awards open this weekend targetting innovation and excellence.

Inquiry into the compensation and rehabilitation for veterans

The Federal Government has today announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

New handbook on gynaecological cancers in Indigenous women

A new publication from Cancer Australia will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers reduce the impact of gynaecological cancers in their communities by providing women with information and support.

Men and young people more likely to be ageist: study

Men and young people are more likely to be ageist, but few Australians are resolutely ageist in their views, our survey finds. By ageist, we mean having consistently negative attitudes about how older people are or should be.

The Cost of Privilege report shows our tax system is unfair

Anglicare Australia has called on the government to take urgent action on tax breaks and concessions in the next budget.

Telstra misled customers over premium billing charges

The ACCC has commenced proceedings against Telstra, alleging that it made false or misleading representations to consumers in relation to its third-party billing service known as “Premium Direct Billing” (PDB).

Health and social services national summit: Joint Statement on harms from current Australian drug laws

This Joint Statement was issued on Monday 25 March 2018 by health and social service providers and policy leaders who met for a national summit on drug harm reduction at Victoria’s Parliament House on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medications expanded

The Federal Government will reduce the cost of medicines to treat diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma and eye disease with new additions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 April 2018.

Kids creating dementia-friendly communities

The University of South Australia is helping to break through barriers with a new intergenerational dementia education program—called Forget me not.