Challenging risky VIC drinking cultures

Health promotion foundation VicHealth will provide almost $1 million in funding to four creative new projects to help reduce risky drinking across Victoria.

New National Aged Care Advocacy Program

Support and guidance for seniors will be fundamental to the new National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) to be delivered by the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN).

Grants to support indigenous aged care services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in aged care in regional, rural and remote communities will benefit from more than $3.7 million in one-off grants.

QLD to strengthen protection for seniors in retirement villages

The Queensland Government is taking action to toughen consumer protection for seniors living in retirement villages as part of its new Housing Strategy 2017-2027.

Three reasons the government promotes home ownership for older Australians

Government strategies to manage population ageing largely assume that older Australians are home owners.

Low income South Australians to benefit from increases to concessions

The State Government’s utility concessions will be increased annually in line with the Consumer Price Index to assist people on low and fixed incomes with cost of living expenses.

Frequent visitors to NSW public hospitals will save on parking

From 1 July 2017, patients and carers are able to access concession rates for public hospital parking and save $200 per week.

Mapping the massacres of Australia’s colonial frontier

More than 150 Aboriginal massacres that occurred during the spread of pastoral settlement in Australia are now documented in an online digital map.

Undiagnosed type 2 diabetes serious risk

Five per cent of Australians aged over 40 have had a type 2 diabetes check in the past two years with risking vision loss, kidney damage, heart attacks, stroke and limb amputation.

Cleanout of Sydney chemicals

Sydneysiders are invited to safely dispose of their old car batteries, solvents, pesticides and paints at the City of Sydney’s free household chemical cleanout day on 15 July.

Recognising the service of Indigenous Australians

Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders during NAIDOC Week, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has paid tribute to Indigenous ex-servicemen and women.

Military superannuation income streams decision

A feature of the Australian superannuation system is that military personnel and military invalidity pensioners are subject to tax on their superannuation income streams, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan said.

Are friends better for us than family?

The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar.

How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across the world gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’ famous ballad, “Auld Lang Syne.”

Protecting Victoria’s Aboriginal heritage

To mark 2017 NAIDOC Week, the Victorian Government will provide $4.7 million for Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) to employ ten new compliance officers.

On-call medical support for QLD aged care facilities

A new medical outreach service will help elderly aged care residents in Chermside and surrounding Brisbane suburbs avoid unnecessary trips to the Emergency Department.

Keeping the elderly on their feet

Every day, 133 older Queenslanders have a fall requiring medical attention, even though many falls are preventable.

Fractures costing pain and billions each year

The brittle bones of Australians in NSW and ACT aged 50+ is expected to cost $1.1 billion in 2017.

Health impact of domestic violence lasts a lifetime

Women who experience intimate partner violence have significant, long-term physical and mental health problems according to researchers from the University of Newcastle.

Three states drive increase in vehicle thefts

Motor vehicle thefts increased by 9 per cent in 2016, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Victoria’s health promotion champion nominations

The search begins for Victoria’s best health and wellbeing promotion projects, with nominations for the 2017 VicHealth Awards now open.