New tool to help detect financial abuse

Following a successful trial, Capacity Australia, with support from the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA), has released an online education tool to help bank staff combat rising financial abuse of vulnerable people.

500,000 face being dropped from Do Not Call Register

Up to 500,000 Australian families face receiving unwanted telemarketing calls at dinner time from May this year if they are removed from the Do Not Call register.

Closing the Gap needs actions

Today’s announcement of the implementation of a Health Plan by the Prime Minister in his Closing the Gap address to Parliament is a step forward on the journey to ending health inequality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Caution over any health benefits of alcohol

Any health benefits from alcohol may be limited to women aged 65 and over - and even then may have been exaggerated by existing studies, suggests research published in The BMJ .

Veterans to be hit by by legal aid cuts

The New South Wales Bar Association has today endorsed recent calls from the Australian Bar Association for the Australian Government to properly fund legal aid.

SA Commitment to a community for all ages

Seniors advocacy body COTA Australia has welcomed the South Australian Government’s announcement that SA will be the state that promotes independence and new roles for older people.

More being paid for for electricity networks

Many Australians are paying significantly more than people in other parts of the world in electricity network charges, according to UnitingCare Australia.

Cook seven meals in seven days: New healthy weight weapon

Dump ‘dieting’ and don an apron to get busy in the kitchen – that’s the message from dietitians to the thousands of Australians who will make losing weight their goal in 2015.

Attempted VIC eviction spotlights rights of low income tenants

An elderly pensioner is facing homelessness in a case which raises questions about the responsibilities of publicly funded housing groups.

Don’t be stung by the sun's heat

People are being urged to protect themselves this summer from potentially harmful effects of the searing sun following a 128 per cent spike in sunstroke presentations In SA between 2013 and 2014.

Reminding women to screen for breast cancer

Today saw the launched of a BreastScreen Victoria advertising campaign, encouraging women to register for breast screening.

New National Cross-Disability Alliance

A new Alliance representing the interests and views of all people with disability will provide advice to the Australian Government on social and economic participation.

More Australians connecting televisions online

1 in 8 Australian households now have a Smart TV—almost a sixfold increase over the last four years, data from Roy Morgan Research shows.

Bushfire no aged care stopper

Encroaching bushfires forced Quambie Park Waroona WA to evacuate on Saturday 31 January 2015.

Year of the Sheep celebrated - Sydney

The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Twilight Parade, to be held Sunday 22 February, will feature more than 3,000 national and international performers, building projections and 35 floats.

Parents continue to ignore warnings about hot cars

Ahead of this weekend’s forecast hot temperatures, the Government is urging parents not to leave children unattended in parked cars.

Self-funded retirees hit by falling interest rates

The decision this week to cut the official interest rate will further erode the income of term deposit holders, especially self-funded retirees, says National Seniors.

Grants for older South Australians

Seniors’ clubs and organisations are encouraged to apply for State Government grants so they can help older South Australians improve wellbeing by connecting with their local community.

Tasmanian Carer Action Plan report

The Tasmanian Carer Action Plan annual progress report released today shows that results are being achieved.

Melton’s Melbacc respite facility to stay open

The Melbacc respite facility, North-West of Melbourne on which elderly parents caring for adult children with a disability rely, is to stay open after a threatened closure.

NSW Tech Savvy Seniors program expands

Funding is to double for the New South Wales Tech Savvy Seniors program, which provides low cost or free training for seniors in using computers, tablets and smart phones.