Mental health moves towards individualised care packages

Australians with a severe and complex mental illness will have access to an integrated care package tailored to their individual needs, as part of broad reforms.

Abuse and neglect of people in institutional and residential settings

A Senate inquiry has issued a report into violence, abuse and neglect towards people with a disability in institutions and in-home care.

Attitudes to domestic violence exposed

The Prime Minister today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, spoke out about Australian attitudes to such violence and the need for cultural change.

Rental Affordability Index exposes stress

Australia’s first rental affordability index was launched on 24 November 2015 reveals some families need to pay as much as 65% of their income to rent a property.

Housing affordability deteriorates

Moody's Investors Service said in a report that housing affordability in Australia has deteriorated significantly over the 12 months to October 2015.

No Jab, No Pay will start 1 January 2016

The Government has effected the passage of legislation designed to lift national immunisation rates and provide a stronger incentive for immunisation.

Survey to give voice to Queensland’s most vulnerable

Older Queenslanders, people with a disability, and their carers are encouraged to have their say about the issues that affect them most, and to highlight poor treatment from businesses and the community.

Protecting children from renovation asbestos

A national plea has been issues to all parents to protect children and families from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance.

Debate about electric fans in heatwaves warms

As temperatures soar its time to rethink public health advice on managing heat waves and the use of electric fans for cooling.

Bone development changes with different kinds of exercise

Different forms of exercise have different effects on bone development, according to a study by New Zealand’s Liggins Institute.

Elderly man shot in home invasion

Ipswich detectives in Queensland are investigating a burglary where an elderly man suffered a gunshot injury to his leg this morning.

AUSLAN videos aid disaster preparation

A campaign to improve the resilience of the hearing impaired community in the face of disaster has been launched today through a series of videos.

ACT phone GPS allowed while driving

ACT motorists and riders are now able to use their mobile phones’ GPS systems when the phone is mounted correctly while driving and riding.

The iron age: golf a retirement bonus for Aussie men

One in 20 Australian men 14+ (5.4%) play golf regularly, and another 1 in 10 (9.8%) enjoy the occasional game, shows Roy Morgan Research sports participation data for the year to June 2015.

Cyclone awareness campaign launched

The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a new video as part of its cyclone awareness campaign aimed at improving understanding of tropical cyclone warnings.

Welcome Wall scam

An aged migrant family whose names appear on Fremantle’s Welcome Walls has been the target of a scam attempt, with Consumer Protection and the Western Australian Museum concerned.

"High risk" of illness becomes a disease

Classifying an individual as being at “high risk” of developing a particular condition/disease has become a disease in its own right, and is turning the healthy into the sick.

WA online driver fitness declarations

Motorists will soon be able to complete a statutory declaration verifying their fitness to drive rather than attend a medical assessment.

Misleading pricing by Jetstar and Virgin

The Federal Court has found that Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines contravened the Australian Consumer Law by engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct on pricing adds.

VIC’s health and aged care sector targets China

The Victorian Government has announced a major Australian-Sino partnership in an Chinese seniors accommodation precinct.

More saving money on bank fees

More Australians are using their own bank’s ATM or taking cash out with EFTPOS to save money on bank fees.