Health News

Do you have a sugar addiction?

Do you have a sugar addiction? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australians have a penchant for the sweeter things in life and we’re consuming more than ever before.


Asset-rich but living in poverty

Figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms that asset-rich but income-poor is a common story for many older Australians.


GP waiting times fall

A decrease in the waiting time to see a GP has been reported. Have you noticed a difference?

Health Insurance

Patients skip dentist due to cost

Regular dental visits are essential for good oral health, but a recent ABS report states that many patients are skipping these important appointments because they can be so costly.

Pensioners cost of living win

According to figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, for the year to the end of the March quarter, the cost of living for pensioners rose only 1.1 per cent and 1.3 per cent for self-funded retirees. When compared against the consumer price index which rose 1.6 per cent, this is a positive change for a group of Australians still struggling with a shortfall of $75 per week.

Age Pension payment rates

What does cost of living mean?

A recent news item in the Age is very useful in highlighting the difference between the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) living cost indices. Confused? Read on for our plain-English explanation and how this affects those on an Age Pension and self-funded retirees.