Seminar on Queensland retirement village law changes

If you would like to know more about recent changes to laws affecting retirement villages and manufactured homes, come to a free seminar in Brisbane later this month.

It will be the first in a series of National Seniors information sessions around Queensland where you can learn more about retirement living options and some of the recent legislative changes that provide better consumer protections for retirement village residents and manufactured home owners.

Jenny Craig pays penalty for “10kg for $10” ads

Consumer watchdog the ACCC has fined Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centres $37,800 for alleged false or misleading representations.

From December 2017 to February 2018, televisions ads for Jenny Craig said people could lose up to 10kg of weight for a $10 program fee, without adequately disclosing customers also had to purchase food at an additional cost.

National Women’s Health Survey extended

Not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is extending the deadline of its annual women’s health survey by two weeks.

The Women’s Health Survey is one of the largest of its kind, offering women a chance to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle on a range of health issues, including mental health, sex, weight and healthy living.

Now in its fourth year, the survey provides a vital link between Australian women and those who help keep them well.

Aussie blokes downplay skin cancer risk

A survey by the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD)released this week showed fewer than one in three men considered themselves at a high risk of skin cancer.

This was despite 82 per cent reporting at least one known risk factor, such as fair hair, skin that burnt easily or spending time outdoors each week.

The ACD’s Dr Alex Varol said the survey revealed 61 per cent of men delayed a visit to a doctor despite their concern about a health issue, while more than one quarter of men working fulltime claimed to be too busy at work and unable to spare the time.

Millions of older Australians missing out online

Around 2.7 million Australians aged 50 years and over have little or no engagement with the online world, according to research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. 

The research also shows that a major fear factor exists among older Australians who have low digital literacy, with technology often proving to be intimidating, reinforced by a lack of confidence to ask for help or knowledge of where to find it. 

The value of ‘greycare’

New research has found that 22 per cent of grandchildren now receive some form of care from their grandparents, and grandparent carers are clocking an average of 58 hours per month – the equivalent of $517 monthly in childcare costs.

Director of comparison site Mozo, Kirsty Lamont, said childcare costs were a major financial strain for many families, with some care centres exceeding $180 per day in metropolitan areas. As the cost of living continued to rise and wage growth stagnated, many parents were turning to their parents as a childcare solution.

Planning holidays on the boss’s time

Millions of Australian workers are researching and booking their next holiday when they should be working, a new survey has found.

The research by comparison website reveals two out of three Australian workers, equivalent to eight million people – actively plan their next escape on the boss’ time. 

It shows the average Aussie employee spends 57 minutes a week hunting for cheap flights and hotels, which equates to a cumulative total of 7.6 million hours wasted every week.

New body aims to boost financial literacy

A not-for-profit company is being launched to boost financial literacy and capability in the community.

Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said the new body would manage and distribute the $40 million paid by ANZ and NAB relating to the manipulation of the Bank Bill Swap Rate.

The money is part of settlement agreements between the lenders and corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commissions (ASIC).

It will also receive the $10 million committed in the federal budget to developing women’s financial capability.

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