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More doctors from July next year

Medicare Locals will boost GP access to aged care, Roxon says Health Minister Nicola Roxon says no one will be denied the right to see the doctor of their choice under Medicare Locals. The first group of Medicare Locals – ...

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Groups welcome super boost

Government’s mining tax deal will benefit workers, union says Millions more Australians will comfortably retire because of the federal government’s commitment to superannuation, an industry group says. Compulsory increases in super payments from nine to 12 per cent of earnings ...

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Seniors call for more autonomy

Forum hears examples of ageism in society It’s an experience shared by many elderly people – being ignored by a shopkeeper who thinks because of their age they have no money to spend. It was one of numerous examples of ...

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The grand plan?

Submissions to senate committee on COAG reforms highlight worries COAG’s aged care reforms lack detail, an explicit implementation plan and do not address the real challenges facing the provision of aged care, a Senate Committee report has concluded. Public submissions ...

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Flexible is the way forward

Benetas and Villa Maria recognised for their innovative workplace arrangements Two leading Victorian aged care providers have been recognised by the state government for providing progressive and family-friendly working conditions. Benetas and Villa Maria were among a group of 20 ...

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Another step towards e-health records

Identifier legislation passes parliament Every Australian will be given an individual healthcare identification number from this week after the federal parliament passed legislation giving the scheme the green light. The government amended its draft laws last Thursday in response to ...

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Baby boomers are tech savvy: poll

Next wave of residents are already using social networking sites Baby Boomers are better online networkers than their Generation X counterparts, a new poll of Australian MySpace users revealed. Often considered to be flailing in a world of 21st Century ...

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