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First measles alert of 2017

January 12, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

Given that at this time of year so many holidaying people are still on the move, this is a health alert that should not be ignored.NSW Health, Media Release, 5 January 2017: Measles warning following contraction by international traveller NSW Health is warning the public to be alert to the symptoms of measles after a passenger travelled on an international flight to Sydney while infectious.

Wondering why there are no horror stories flowing from the financial reassessment of Centrelink pension eligibility?

January 11, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

There are many legitimate complaints and concerns being voiced over the Turnbull Government decision to change Centrelink’s debt recovery system to one which is fully automated, with no human oversight of initial debts raised for those certain individuals receiving welfare pensions, benefits and allowances.However, there is little being said about the reassessment of asset and income limits for aged pension eligibility which came into effect on 1 January 2017.

Yes, it was hot last year and no, 2017 is not going to be much better

January 11, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), media release, 5 January 20162016 a year of extreme weather eventsIt was a year of extreme weather events, wetter than average overall, and the fourth-warmest on record for Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement 2016 released today.Assistant Director Climate Information Services, Neil Plummer, said 2016 was an eventful year wit

#NotMyDebt: the electorate's face remains turned against the Turnbull Government's debt recovery policy

January 10, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

oecomuse: Musings from home and hearth, 8 January 2016:According to Appendix E – Data matching of the 2015-16 Annual Report, the Department of Human Services spent $19.5 million in 2013-14, $25.5 million in 2014-15 and $8.3 million last financial year on its data matching program.

Is living in aged care in Australia bad for your mental health?

January 10, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

An estimated 10–15% of older Australians who live in the community experience anxiety or depression (Haralambous et al. 2009). However, research has shown that certain sub-groups of the older population are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health. For example, just over half (52% or 86,736) of all permanent aged care residents at 30 June 2012 had mild, moderate or major symptoms of depression when they were last appraised (AIHW 2013).