Medicare to undergo major funding overhaul

Nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals will soon be included in the delivery of primary care as Medicare faces the biggest overhaul in its 40-year history. Labor is preparing to open up Medicare to a wider range of medical professionals in a bid to save...[Read More]

Helping others can help you

It’s common knowledge that showing kindness or compassion is good. However, are you aware that being helpful also benefits your mental health? In this post, we’ll examine some key advantages of showing kindness to others. 1. It improves one’s mood. According to a...[Read More]

States ramp up pressure for Medicare fix

Victoria and NSW have banded together to ramp up pressure on the federal government to overhaul Australia’s ailing primary care network through national cabinet this year. Visiting a newly opened urgent primary care clinic, Premier Daniel Andrews said state-run...[Read More]

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions (and how to help make them come true)

Whether New Year’s resolutions involve losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more, paying off debt, reducing time spent on social media, travelling or something else. Making New Year’s resolutions is fantastic, but it means nothing until you actually follow...[Read More]

The Importance of Taking a Break During the Festive Season

There are countless countdowns everywhere, whether it’s for Christmas or the new year, and yet, when the festive season happens, it always comes as a bit of a surprise. Some people experience a touch of panic and get lost in the holiday rush. Feeling unprepared and...[Read More]

Nasal vaccines could ‘change’ pandemic

A nasally delivered COVID-19 vaccine developed in Australia is promising much better protection against the virus. Testing of the new nasal spray vaccine resulted in zero COVID transmission among mice, researchers from Sydney University and the Centenary Institute...[Read More]

Aust life expectancy up despite COVID

Australians are living longer despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused life expectancy to drop in many of the world’s richest nations. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released on Tuesday showed a girl born in 2021 could expect to live 85.4 years, up...[Read More]

Workers need right to switch off: report

Employees should have the right to “disconnect” from work and not be contacted by bosses after knock-off time, a parliamentary committee recommends. The Senate committee on work and care released its interim report on Tuesday, which included eight...[Read More]

Living costs more stressful than pandemic

Cost of living pressures have overtaken the pandemic as Australians’ greatest source of worry, according to a survey released on World Mental Health Day. Mental health charity Beyond Blue surveyed 1500 people and found inflation, rising interest rates, cost of...[Read More]

Serious fear: Have you got nomophobia?

Many people feel a little anxious if they forget their phone but some suffer from nomophobia – “no mobile phone phobia” – a serious fear of being disconnected. Macquarie University psychologist Wayne Warburton says smartphones, tablets,...[Read More]

Booster campaign in long war against COVID

With COVID-19 restrictions relaxing everywhere from airports to footy stadiums, millions of Australians are being exposed to the virus including almost three in 10 adults yet to have a booster shot. National cabinet has agreed that from Friday there will be no need for...[Read More]

One big ‘key’ to solving loneliness crisis

Susan McDonald enjoyed an illustrious career cooking for the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Julia Gillard. But she gets her greatest satisfaction delivering food to vulnerable members of her community while volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Her experience backs up a new...[Read More]

Global research centre for ‘next pandemic’

A new global centre will be set up in Australia to develop a drug breakthrough equivalent to mRNA vaccine technology for the next pandemic. Canadian and New Zealand businessman Geoffrey Cumming, who lives in Melbourne, is donating $250 million to establish the centre...[Read More]

Money struggles link to poor mental health

Australians grappling with financial challenges are at least twice as likely to face mental health issues than others, research suggests. The findings support anecdotal evidence money struggles can lead to stress, diagnosable mental health conditions and suicidal...[Read More]

Fussy eating is part of normal childhood development: Top tips for parents

While fussy eating is part of normal childhood development, there are some suggestions parents can try to ensure it does not become a habit. PUREED FOOD IS OPTIONAL Introduce textured and finger foods to children when they start eating solids like bite-size pieces of...[Read More]