Bellarine community enjoy Portarlington Australia Day celebrations

HUNDREDS of people gathered in Newcombe Street in Portarlington on Thursday (January 26) to mark the Australia Day holiday, with activities, guest speakers and live entertainment for spectators to enjoy. Hosted by the Portarlington Community Information Booth group, the event had a range of activities for children and their families to take part in including … Read more

The ‘Kraken’ subvariant XBB.1.5 sounds scary. But behind the headlines are clues to where COVID’s heading

The XBB.1.5 subvariant, known informally as “Kraken”, is the latest in a menagerie of Omicron subvariants to dominate the headlines, following increasing detection in the United States and United Kingdom. But there have been few cases of XBB.1.5 in Australia so far. And its nickname – a mythical sea monster – may be causing unnecessary … Read more

RACGP – COVID vaccination billing streamlined

News Medicare rebates for COVID-19 vaccination have increased to compensate for the removal of booster and PIP payments. GPs will be required to continue to bulk bill COVID-19 vaccinations. As the world enters its fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination remains a key pillar of Australia’s strategy to keep the community safe.   With … Read more

More frequent pension adjustments needed to combat rising cost of living

Mr Henschke said pensions can be updated every three months as they are based on the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI) which is already updated quarterly.  He recommended that pension payments should also be evaluated in June and December, when inflation is abnormally higher, so pensioners have adequate income when prices fluctuate. For … Read more

Hand sanitiser removed from sale from some Alice Springs pharmacies over concerns of abuse amid alcohol ban

The increased availability of hand sanitiser since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to concerns a rising number of people are consuming the product for the purposes of intoxication in Central Australia.  Key points: There are concerns the ready availability of hand sanitiser since the start of pandemic has led to an increase in people using it as an … Read more

Student anxiety and COVID disruption supercharge refusal rates

Children’s charity Save the Children said Australia’s high rate of disengagement from education could be described as a national crisis, even before pandemic lockdowns. Loading “COVID-19 threatens to turn this significant existing problem into a generational rupture,” it told the inquiry. One parent group said that school refusal is happening as early as year 3. … Read more

Without overdue investment in primary care, Australia’s paramedics are left to prop up the system | Danny Hill

It’s good to see the Victorian and New South Wales governments advocate to reform the primary care system – and even better to see their own investment in priority care centres, which are a missing link between state and federal systems. But this is the states investing where the federal government hasn’t. And the problems … Read more