Does your cat 'walk on the wild side'?

A university study is seeking cat owners in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions who want to get the scoop on their cat’s ‘poop’ in the hope of better understanding their impact on wildlife.

Griffith University student Renee Piccolo wants cat owners to complete her online survey, which she hopes will yield greater insight into patterns of cat roaming behaviour.

These include the numbers of cats kept indoors and those free to roam 24/7, along with what animals these cats are preying on when they are outdoors.

No need to say 'thanks'?

New research has found people around the world usually don’t say ‘thank you’ when someone does them a favour because there is an upspoken willingness to cooperate with others.

The international study, led by the University of Sydney’s linguistics Professor Nick Enfield, examined nearly 1,000 examples from informal, everyday conversations between friends, families and neighbours in eight different languages.

“Our findings indicate a widespread assumption that saying ‘thank you’ is not necessary in the everyday contexts of our lives,” Prof. Enfield said.


Young and old make a winning combination

Two Australian programs involving high school students making positive changes to the lives of seniors have won international awards in the past week.

The first involved Year 10 students of Adelaide’s Rostrevor College, who last year visited residents of nearby Allity Walkerville Aged Care to record their memoirs.

Through Write of Passage, the students captured the life experiences of the residents they were paired with and created a book of the memories they shared over a 10-week period.

Consumers want to control their own health data

Australians want ownership and control of their own health data and want to be asked for consent when their data is used by government, private companies or researchers, a new survey shows.

The Engaging Consumers in their Health Data Journey report was jointly published by Consumers Health Forum and non-profit, government-funded organisation, NPS MedicineWise.

Funding announced for action plan on macular disease

The Federal Government this week announced funding for a national action plan to better support patients with macular disease, the leading cause of vision loss among older Australians.

Marking Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (21-27 May 2018), Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Macular Disease Foundation Australia would receive $150,000 towards development of the plan.

This was in addition to the $1.28 million the foundation received through the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Fund to help reduce the incidence and impact of the disease in Australia.

Do you support the government's proposed business tax cuts?

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has withdrawn her support for the government's tax cuts for large companies.

But a spokesperson for One Nation has denied its backflip was due to the coming Longman byelection in Queensland, where recent ReachTEL polling by the Australia Institute found up to 38 per cent of One Nation voters wanted company taxes increased.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has been quoted as saying the package would be taken to the next election, along with the personal income tax cuts announced in the recent budget.

Senator Cormann said the personal income tax cuts would have made families better off. But failing to pass the package in full meant Australian businesses would be at an ongoing competitive disadvantage with those overseas where tax rates were substantially lower.

Should the tax cuts for business go ahead?

Retirement Living Options

Join us at our free seminar to learn more about retirement living and the recent changes to the law.

We are holding information sessions around Queensland where you can learn more about retirement living options. We’ll also cover some of the recent changes to the law that provide better consumer protections for retirement village residents and manufactured homeowners.

Older women at greater risk of injuries from falls

A new report has shown falls to be the commonest cause of injury requiring hospital admission, particularly among older women.

The report, Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2002–03 to 2014–15 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed people aged 65 and over accounted for 30 per cent of injury cases in Australia.

Australians forgo outings to pay power bills

New research shows one in 10 consumers are prepared to stop going out just to pay their power bills.

Comparison website said its survey revealed that 70 per cent of respondents, equivalent to 13 million Australians, were actively taking measures to fight the rise in energy prices.

One third said they were reducing their energy usage, while a further 15 per cent had called their provider to ask for a better deal.

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