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describe the imageDCA’s ground-breaking research reveals the cultural origins of Australia’s business leaders  

In an Australian first, Diversity Council Australia’s new research released today called Capitalising on Culture: A Study of the Cultural Origins of ASX 200 Business Leaders, reveals the cultural origins of board members and senior executives in our major listed companies. 

Whilst it finds some encouraging breadth and depth in cultural diversity amongst business leaders, it also identifies some underrepresentation in key areas, especially when compared with the general population.

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Join mass sleep-in with celebrities on Stay in Bed Day, Sunday 22 September, to help cure energy-sapping genetic disease     

For most of us, a Sunday sleep-in is an inviting prospect or a guilty pleasure, but to the thousands of children and adults with the debilitating genetic disorder mitochondrial disease, staying in bed while others are out enjoying life is about mustering enough energy for living.

This Sunday 22 September is Stay in Bed Day (a fitting finale to Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week). It’s the ultimate at-home, do-nothing fundraising event when you can snuggle up guilt-free by buying a Sleep-In or donating online at stayinbedday.org.au to help the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) support sufferers and find a cure for ‘mito'.

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Business wants carbon price but uncertainty hits cleaner economy

SYDNEY, August 19th 2013: A national survey of 180 companies across all sectors of the economy has given the thumbs up to a long-term price on carbon but finds that lack of certainty about the future of carbon pricing is slowing the transition to a cleaner economy and dampening investment.

The survey found overwhelming support (88 per cent) for the need for Australia to reduce emissions to address climate change, with 65 per cent supporting an emissions trading scheme and 29 per cent a fixed price on carbon as the preferred mechanisms to reduce emissions.

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Next Australian government describe the imagemust move to prevent 35,000 bowel cancer deaths

New analysis shows value of a full screening program

The next Australian Government will save 35,000 Australian lives over four decades* if it adopts a five-year plan to complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program by 2020, according to new analysis released today by Cancer Council Australia.

Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Ian Olver, said whoever forms government after 7 September has the opportunity to close the biggest hole in Australia’s response to its growing cancer burden by completing the program.

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describe the imageSTARLIGHT KIDS SHINE BRIGHT AS VIRGIN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES 100TH BOEING 737 ARRIVAL

5 August 2013

Virgin Australia today celebrated the arrival of its 100th Boeing 737 by taking 100 Starlight children and their families to the skies for an unforgettable experience on the aircraft’s first passenger flight out of Sydney.

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curve smallMCGRATH FOUNDATION LAUNCHES WORLD LEADING PROGRAM TO ‘LURVE CURVES’

The McGrath Foundation is reminding young Australians today that ‘if you grow them, you need to know them’ through the launch of their world leading breast awareness education initiative, Curve Lurve, with research revealing 50% of Australian women aged 20 to 40 do not conduct regular breast awareness sessions.

The innovative Curve Lurve program aims to empower young women in particular to look after and know their bodies, and to take action that promotes their health and wellbeing. 

Complete with a free Curve Lurve iPhone app to help women conduct regular breast awareness sessions, the Curve Lurve program also includes resources for high schools, the workplace and the community with workbooks, presentations and videos available for free download from the McGrath Foundation website www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.

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describe the imageInternational partnership to protect us from deadly viruses

 

Researchers from Australia, Singapore and the US are joining forces, through a AU$20 million partnership, to help pre-empt and prepare the world for the next human pandemic.

 

Speaking in Canberra today, before a gathering of Australia’s leading biosecurity researchers, Dr Gary Fitt, CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship Director, said recent global events highlight the need to ramp up research into viruses that spread from animals to humans.

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COKE SMALLCOCA-COLA SOUTH PACIFIC ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TO HELP ADDRESS OBESITY IN AUSTRALIA

Company to outline commitments for its pack sizes, products, labelling and community initiatives via national television and print media

SYDNEY, 23 July, 2013: Coca-Cola South Pacific today announced it is taking further action in Australia to help be part of the solution to obesity.

These actions are focused on the following four areas:

  • Increasing the availability of smaller portion sizes;
  • Offering a wider selection of low-kilojoule beverage options and raising awareness of low-kilojoule alternatives;
  • Providing transparent nutritional information in more places, including vending machines;
  • Helping inspire Australians to get moving, by partnering with the Bicycle Network, a not-for- profit organisation in supplying bicycles to local communities.

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describe the image$500bn+ deficit crunch; tax reform essential for Australia’s future, PwC

Failure to address fundamental tax reform threatens a blowout of combined Commonwealth and state/territory government deficits from $27.4 billion to $213.5 billion by 2039-40 and to $583.1 billion by 2049-50, according to new research from PwC.

“If government spending, productivity and workforce participation maintain current trends, and tax reform is ignored, we face a future with reduced living standards and poorer community services,” PwC CEO, Luke Sayers said.

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describe the imageAustralian employers fixated on ‘ideal worker’ profile

Survey from Kronos shows bias toward young and unattached male workers, leaving Australia’s ‘hidden workforce’ an under-utilised resource

SYDNEY, Australia, July 22, 2013 — Research from Kronos has revealed a pre-disposition among Australian employers toward an ‘ideal worker’ profile; one that is young, male, and unattached. This fixation is potentially creating myopic organisations at risk of missing out on ‘hidden’ local talents, and the opportunities to build loyalty, a diverse culture, and boost productivity.

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describe the imageAustralia’s half century blood thinning drought breaks

  • New generation oral blood-thinning therapy, Xarelto® funded on the PBS from 1st August 2013 for prevention of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation and treatment of pulmonary embolism

Sydney, Australia, 19th July 2013: From 1st August 2013, Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) will become the first new generation oral therapy in 50 years (since warfarin was first introduced)1 to become available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the prevention of stroke in Australians living with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and at least one additional risk factor for stroke (including high blood pressure, heart failure or diabetes).2

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describe the imageALMOST 1 IN 2 AUSTRALIANS DON’T KNOW OR HAVEN’T ENQUIRED ABOUT THEIR FAMILY EYE HISTORY DESPITE HEREDITARY LINKS WITH EYE DISEASE

It’s as simple as having a conversation and as serious as saving your eyesight. Discuss your family’s eye history this JulEYE.

According to the latest Newspoll[1] commissioned by The RANZCO (Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) Eye Foundation as part of its annual ‘JulEYE’ campaign, 46% of Australians don’t know or haven’t asked if there is a history of eye disease in their family.  Having a family history of eye disease puts you at greater risk, so The RANZCO Eye Foundation is challenging Australians to have the conversation with their relatives and get their eyes tested if necessary this July.

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describe the imageNew addition to National Immunisation Program (NIP) enables earlier protection while reducing needle burden

The addition of two new vaccines to the National Immunisation Program means that Australian children will now require two less injections by the time they are four years old while ensuring they are protected against the same number of serious diseases.

The number of diseases Australian children are protected against remains the same because the new combination vaccines are replacing existing individual vaccines.

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TCI logo SMALL$26 billion boost from 1 per cent energy efficiency gain: new research

Australia’s poor investment in energy efficiency is costing the nation tens of billions of dollars in of economic growth, The Climate Institute said today, as it released research commissioned in partnership with GE, which found that failure to match other countries’ rate of energy efficiency improvement would see Australia forego $26 billion in revenue by 2030

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describe the imageNot just a onesie-hit wonder

144 000 searches for onesies in a month makes it Australia’s most searched for and coveted item 

As temperatures drop across the country, Australia’s obsession with the onesie has reachednew levels of crazy.  Last month saw over 140,000 searches for the one piece on eBay .com.au making it the number one search term site on site. Searches for onesies have grown a staggering 200 per cent since January when they were looked for only 44 000 times.

A favourite of international celebrities including boy-band One Direction and superstar Beyonce, the versatility, comfort and range of onesies available on eBay has made them a winter staple. Currently there are over 67,000 listings for ‘onesie’ on eBay.com.au. It seems the onesie has also become Australia’s go-to product for miserable weather, with total sales at the beginning of June jumping by 40 per cent in one day after the East Coast was hammered by severe wet weather.

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pwc smallNew rivers of gold for the entertainment and media industry

Innovation and the ability to turn data into targetedconsumer offerings is how smart businesses will create a competitive edge, according to PwC’s Entertainment and Media Outlook released today.

More Australians are moving online and in addition to spending digital pennies they are leaving a sizeable digital footprint. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there were 1.3 million new subscribers connected to the internet via DSL, cable fibres, satellite, fixed wireless or mobile wireless between 2011 and 2012. Data downloads were also up 51 per cent from 274,000 terrabytes to 415,000 terrabytes in the year.

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CSIRO SMALLDeserts are ‘greening’ from fertilisation effect of CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with increased foliage cover by 11 per cent from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue.

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va smallVirgin Australia launches Australia's first frequent flyer program for pets

Velocity Frequent Flyer, the award-winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia today launched Australia’s first frequent flyer program for pets.

Breaking new ground in the loyalty space, from today, Velocity members can now earn 300 Points each time their dog or cat flies on Virgin Australia’s expansive domestic network. Silver, Gold and Platinum members will also receive a special Points bonus.

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describe the imageAmerica names Clare Valley winery Australia’s best

  

Family-owned Taylors Wines has swooped across the USA taking out the title of Australia’s best winery in San Francisco and New York, dominating the largest and most influential wine competitions from the East to West coasts.

An impressive swag of awards has seen Taylors named Best of Nation at the San Francisco International Wine Competition for a record breaking fifth time, and debuting at the New York International Wine Competition by taking out Australian Winery of the Year.

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describe the imageAustralians believe blindness is the hardest health condition to live with, even more so than cancer 

Discuss your family’s eye history this JulEYE. It’s as simple as having a conversation and as serious as saving your eyesight.

Australians recognise the importance of eye sight with 32% believing blindness would be the hardest health condition to live with over cancer, loss of mobility and heart disease.  Yet 46% of Australians say they only have their eyes tested if they are having trouble seeing or if their eyes hurt, according to the latest Newspoll[1] commissioned by The RANZCO Eye Foundation as part of its annual ‘JulEYE’ campaign. 

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describe the imageFINALLY! A SMART PLAN FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE

  • Optus hangs up on large excess charges with the launch of mobile My Plan 

Consumers living in fear of the moment they tear open their mobile phone bill each month can now breathe a sigh of relief as Optus launches a range of new smarter mobile phone plans that deliver the assurance and honesty they have been waiting for.

Available from July 1, Optus My Plan will help protect consumers if they go over their plan limit each month, automatically moving them up to the next level, not only saving large excess charges but giving them the freedom to go beyond their plan inclusions when needed. And at the start of the following month, the customer reverts to their original plan level.

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describe the imageAustralia’s 2 Degrees Project

  • World first social platform explores our connection to climate change

A world-first social platform to show that climate change is on our doorstep was launched today by WWF-Australia. It aims to demonstrate that every Australian is no more than 2 degrees (people) away from a climate change story here at home.

The 2 Degrees Project (www.2degreesproject.com.au) features Australians from all walks of life talking about their personal experiences of climate change and how it is impacting their lives, how they’re adapting and what they’re doing to tackle it.

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describe the imageLongest night of the year draws attention to Australia's homeless plight

  • New book gives fresh angle to new homeless epidemic sweeping the world.

As some of Australia's leading CEOs prepare to "sleep rough" this Thursday night as part of the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout,  a new book is being launched that is set to further ignite debate on whether Australia is heading for a homeless epidemic similar to the one crippling the United States and Europe.

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Australian-invented app provides on-the-spot relief for anxiety sufferers

 

An Australian-invented app to reduce the enormous burden of anxiety and stress among the world’s population will be launched this week, giving sufferers much-needed immediate relief from the crippling effects of anxiety.

In the developed world, anxiety is the most common mental health problem, affecting 1 in 7 Australians, and 1 in 5 worldwide.

The new app, called “Anxiety Release”, gives sufferers an always at-hand solution with most users reporting a reduction in stress and anxiety within minutes of activating the app.

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describe the image$18.1 BILLION OF LOST SUPER IS SITTING IN AUSTRALIA’S BACKYARD

  • Westpac Lost Super Report shows almost 2 in 5 Australians remain unaware of whether they have a stake in $18.1 billion in lost super 

Westpac has revealed there is $18.1 billion of lost super sitting in Australia‟s backyard, and according to the 2013 Westpac Lost Super Report1, launched today, almost 2 in 5 Aussies don‟t even know if they have a stake in it.

The nationwide report also uncovered that almost 1 in 2 (47%) Australians are likely to have lost superiv, proving that many people are still not on top of this aspect of their finances.

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describe the imageNew Arthritis Label Claim to Increase Sheep Producers’ Profits and Improve Animal Welfare

  • Potential to reduce $25 million disease burden

Eryvac has now been approved for use in lambs, giving sheep producers an important boost in their fight against the costly erysipelas arthritis. Eryvac will give lambs a longer-term defense against the bacteria.

Many producers are familiar with the benefits of using Eryvac in ewes to prevent erypsipelas arthritis in their offspring, which should see the lamb protected for the first six to eight weeks of life. Once this passive immunity from the ewe wears off, the lambs become susceptible to erysipelas infection at other critical risk periods such as the post-marking period when wounds are healing and weaning. The new label claim means producers can now further protect their flock by vaccinating lambs at these key stages of development.

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describe the imageLOCATION BASED IMMUNISATION ALERT

  • Proximity reminders prompt parents to make an appointment

Parents and mums in particular are increasingly relying on their smartphones to keep a track of their children’s day-to-day activities with everything from dentist appointments to a classmate’s birthday party recorded in the phone.

With statistics showing that for almost 50% of mothers of young children, a smartphone is a tool they ‘simply can’t live without’1, a new immunisation App - VaxiMate™ - has been launched by Pfizer that lets parents know via their smartphone that their child’s immunisation is due. Furthermore, parents with iPhones can receive a reminder to make an appointment when they are within 10 metres of their GP or nurse clinic.

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describe the imageImproved traffic flow and passenger experience under new master plan

  • Preliminary Draft Master Plan released today
  • New one-way ring road for the T2/T3 precinct by 2018 to provide up to 33 per cent more green light time – and new road and exit for T1
  • No change to the cap or curfew

 

 

The first ever integrated ground transport plan for Sydney Airport will improve traffic flow and airport ground access through reconfigured terminals, new roads and facilities to encourage greater use of public transport.

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describe the imageAustralian of the Year and Macular Disease Foundation fighting for older Australians

  • Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 26 May – 1 June 2013

Older Australians have the powerful voice of Ita Buttrose, Australian of the Year 2013 and Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, fighting for their interests this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week.

Ita Buttrose said, “The day I was honoured with Australian of the Year I made a public commitment to raise awareness of issues relating to older Australians, including macular degeneration.

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employing older women   diversity council NEWOlder Women Matter: Harnessing the Talents of Australia's Older Female Workforce

 

 

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) research released today found that older women (defined as 45 years plus) represent a sizeable and growing segment of the labour force but Australian organisations are failing to fully harness their skills and talents. Furthermore, Australia’s performance in this area lags substantially behind comparable countries, such as New Zealand.

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describe the imageIs Sitting The New Smoking?

A new survey shows nine out of ten Australians think the most significant cause of obesity is too much time sitting down and not exercising.

The result comes from a nationally representative survey of 1000 Australians conducted by UMR for Spinal Health Week 2013.

Launching Spinal Health Week 2013, Andrew McNamara, CEO of the Chiropractors Association of Australia said, “Australians have got it right and sitting may well be the new smoking.”

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castrol resizeWinner of Castrol's "The Big Haul" Promotion Collects Kerys to $400,000 Kenworth Rig at Brisbane Truck Show


  • HUGE WIN FOR QLD TRUCKIE WHO SAYS HE’S “NEVER EVEN WON A MEAT TRAY IN A PUB RAFFLE!”

 

Dysart Queensland trucker and farmer, Graham Nitschke, will never forget this year’s Brisbane Truck Show. At around 10.30am on Thursday May 16, he’ll be handed the keys to his brand new $400,000 Kenworth, which will be on display at the PACCAR stand.

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describe the imageDr Charlie Teo takes plan for 10 year cure to Washington DC

 

Leading Australian Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo’s Cure For Life Foundation has signed an international agreement with the US-based Brain Mapping Foundation and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) aimed at breaking new grounds and introducing games changing therapies for brain cancer.

Today, Associate Professor Teo became the first Australian to address the Brain Mapping Foundation and Congressional Neuroscience Caucus brief on Brain Mapping as part of US President Barrack Obama’s vision to explore and map the human brain.

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Holden records 2012 net loss in challenging market

 Holden today announced its 2012 financial results, recording a net loss of $152.8 million. The result included $226 million in special one-off charges associated with the restructure of the business – predominantly due to revaluing the company’s manufacturing assets to align with reduced demand.

The company’s consolidated revenue was down from $4.3 billion in 2011 to $4.0 billion in 2012 reflecting lower sales of locally built Commodore and Cruze and the blackout of Colorado prior to the new model launch.

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describe the image$2 million injected into pioneering health research initiatives

Vital research programs honoured at Bupa Health Foundation 2013 Health Awards

The Bupa Health Foundation has today announced a $2 million boost to Australian health research and implementation programs which will benefit a range of areas including cancer, children’s health and access to health services in rural communities.

Eight of Australia’s top health researchers are celebrating after being recognised at the Bupa Health Foundation Health Awards dinner last night. The winners will share an injection of funding that will assist in addressing some of the key challenges facing health in Australia and strengthen local research.

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describe the imageAustralia needs to do some heavy lifting on back pain                 

The fact that over two million Australians suffer the debilitating impacts of back pain will be the focus of Spinal Health Week to be held this month says the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA).*

Chief Executive Andrew McNamara said a recent study also showed over a quarter of a million Australians are being forced into early retirement because of back pain or arthritic pain and 663,000 Australians aged 45 to 64 are not working due to ill health.**

The national economy takes a $12 billion hit due to this lost workforce**.

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describe the imageMarket conditions force Holden to restructure South Australian and Victorian operations

Holden today announced a restructure of its South Australian manufacturing operations and product development operations in Melbourne. This is due primarily to a reduction in demand for its locally made Cruze small car led by a high Australian dollar, combined with one of the most open and competitive car markets in the world.

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describe the image90% of Australian households are not compliant with Australian fire services recommendations

  • Australia’s fire and emergency services urge all Australians to change their smoke alarm batteries
  • Australians are still not getting the message when it comes to home fire safety

Saturday, 30 March 2013: Australians are still placing their homes at great risk of fire with only 10 per cent of Australian family households admitting to meeting Australia’s fire and emergency services’ guidelines, according to new research*.

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describe the imageRising burden of chronic liver disease – a high price to pay

  • Experts call for liver disease to become a national priority

According to a new expert report* launched today, liver disease now affects more than six million Australians (over a quarter of the population) and equates to a staggering annual cost burden of $50.7 billion. While this burden exceeds diabetes and chronic kidney disease combined – unlike other countries (including the UK) - Australia is yet to formally recognise liver disease as a chronic condition and a national health priority in line with diabetes.

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describe the imageTeens missing out on healthy eating and meal-time education according to new research from Australian Pineapples

Nutrition experts are urging families with teens to recognise the importance of family meal-time, as recent research shows only 37 per cent of families with teens are eating together on a daily basis, according to research from Australian Pineapples.

The research also found parents of 12-17 year are concerned about their children’s diets, with 64 per cent stating they want their children to eat more fruit.

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describe the imageRecord numbers of students ditch the car for two wheels

  • National Ride2Schoool Day

Over 280,000 students across Australia are getting excited to ride, scoot, skate or walk to school on Bicycle Network’s National Ride2School Day, Friday 22 March.

Thousands of schools across the country are encouraging parents and staff to leave the car at home and join in the fun by actively travelling to school on National Ride2School Day.

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describe the imageAustralia's most expensive car for sale on eBay.com.au - the million-dollar Monaro

  • Holden Monaro HRT 427 has an asking price of $1m

Sydney, 19 March 2013 – Queensland resident, Paul Rammers, has a very special car for sale. The hand built Holden Monaro HRT 427 supercar is one of only two ever produced. The other is permanently housed in the Holden Museum in Melbourne (it cannot be driven).

Mr. Rammers listed the vehicle for sale on ebay.com.au in order to expose this once in a lifetime opportunity to a global audience of potential buyers. He will not sell for less then $1million.

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describe the imageClosing the Work Gap in Corporate Australia

In the lead up to National Close the Gap Day (Thursday 21 March), research released today shows new approaches to Indigenous community engagement by the corporate sector are urgently needed in order to close the gap in employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Diversity Council Australia partnered with Reconciliation Australia and Lend Lease on the research called, Closing the Work Gap in Corporate Australia. The research involved conducting interviews with Indigenous thought leaders, and engagement and employment practitioners.

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describe the imageEarly detection doubles survival rates of lung cancer  

  • Listen out for lung cancer and save your life

A new public education campaign has been launched by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, and the Cancer Institute NSW, aimed at improving the survival rates of people diagnosed with lung cancer by encouraging early detection.

The most common cause of cancer deaths in NSW, an average of seven people die of lung cancer every day. However, early detection doubles a person’s chance of survival, which is why this campaign encourages people across the State to know the symptoms that may indicate lung cancer and ask their doctor for a chest x-ray if they experience any of them.

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describe the imageAustralian-first solution for osteoarthritis sufferers

  • International basketball star Lauren Jackson launches world class osteoarthritis tool

Millions of Australians battling with osteoarthritis and joint pain will benefit from the launch of a world first, easy-to-use website which offers people a chance to help gain control over their pain.

During Arthritis Awareness Week (17 – 23 March 2013) the almost 3 million Australians (8% of the population) living with osteoarthritis are being encouraged to register at www.MyJointPain.org.au and take an active role in the management of their condition. MyJointPain.org.au was developed as a result of a unique collaboration between Arthritis Australia and the Bupa Health Foundation.

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describe the imageGrattan report misses point on PBS reforms

Patients would be worse off if Australia adopted a New Zealand-style access to medicines policy, Medicines Australia chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw said today.

Responding to a report on pharmaceutical prices published today by the Grattan Institute, Dr Shaw said proposals to cap spending on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme would limit patient’s access to medicines.

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ISG logo2 100Medical experts warn of US-style early and severe flu epidemic: Australians urged to get a flu vaccination from March 15

  • Public awareness campaign, ‘be flusmart and you’re a lifesaver’ launches today.

NATIONAL 14 March 2013: Australia’s leading Influenza medical experts are urging Australian people to get flu vaccinations from tomorrow to avoid the epidemic levels of flu infection already seen in the US and Europe this year.

Supporting the national awareness campaign – be flusmart and you’re a lifesaver – will be some of Australia’s important lifesavers and volunteers including Surf Lifesavers, St John Ambulance and SES volunteers and Scouts, who will get their flu shot at a vaccination event today at Graduate House in Melbourne.

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TMG HUBSPOT2National Disability Insurance Scheme continues to exclude over 65s

  • Australians say – It’s just unfair!

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia is furious with the Federal Government’s ambiguous amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) announced today. 

Despite the recent extensive Senate Committee consultation process, the Government continues to ignore the majority view that people who acquire a disability after the age of 65 years should be included in the NDIS.

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logo newSports personalities call for  more Australians to become glaucoma aware


  • Sports fans urged to make a pledge - to have an eye check for glaucoma

 
18 of Australia’s leading sports stars and commentators are this week coming together to support Australia’s leading cause of preventable blindness – glaucoma.

Australian sports icons including former Wallaby Phil Kearns, Olympic champion Giaan Rooney, Channel Nine commentator Ray Warren and radio sport commentator Andrew Voss – are calling on all Australians aged over 40, or those with a family connection, to have an eye check for glaucoma as part of the “the world is a sporting wonder” campaign.

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describe the imageIan Kiernan congratulates Australians for working together for a fantastic Clean Up Australia Day

It’s official: Australians have come out in outstanding numbers to clean up their local communities on the 23rd Clean Up Australia Day.

Following the challenges – extreme temperatures, floods and fires - of our recent summer Australians have more than demonstrated their passion and responsibility for cleaning up their local environment. Over 550,300 volunteers have donned their gloves and picked up a bag to remove rubbish from around 7341 sites across the nation.

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Steve Waugh leads a team to support people with rare diseases

Former test cricket captain Steve Waugh has called on Australians to help turn the spotlight on rare diseases by registering their support and sharing their stories to improve funding and resources for people living with these conditions.

An estimated up to 1 in 10 Australians is living with or affected by a rare disease. Many of these people are children and many of the diseases remain undiagnosed. Their symptoms -­‐ often severely disabling -­‐ are referred to simply as “SWAN” (Symptoms Without A Name).

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describe the imageNew Research: Chronic nerve pain leads to relationship stress

  • First government funding for specific nerve pain treatment

Coinciding with the Federal Government’s decision to fund a treatment specifically indicated for nerve pain for the first time from March 1, 2013, research released today reveals relationships are failing due to this severe and debilitating condition.

The Pfizer Nerve Pain and Relationships Report revealed single people living with nerve pain find it difficult to maintain relationships with nearly half (46 per cent) believing their pain contributed to previous relationships ending and four in ten saying that it prevents them from going out and meeting new people.

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describe the imageOVARIAN CANCER - WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

Australian women are being asked to put their knowledge about ovarian cancer to the test in an effort to increase their understanding and awareness of the disease.

Ovarian cancer – what do you know? is a new online interactive quiz from Cancer Australia that will provide Australian women with vital information about the myths, risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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describe the imageAN AUSTRALIAN INNOVATION: NEW TREATMENT FOR SUN SPOTS NOW AVAILABLE 

A new Australian developed and researched treatment has been launched today for a very common Australian condition – sun spots.

The availability of Picato® gel (ingenol mebutate) was to be announced today at an event in Brisbane attended by key people involved in the 15 year Australian–led research program, which had the backing of Australian investors and has resulted in the creation of a truly Australian developed medicine.

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bayer3GROWERS LOOK FORWARD TO FIRST OF ITS KIND BREEDING CENTRE

 

14 February, 2013 – Victorian farmers have heralded today’s official sod-turning ceremony marking the commencement of construction on the Bayer CropScience Wheat and Oilseeds Breeding Centre at Longerenong College near Horsham as “extraordinarily important’’ for Australian agriculture.

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HOLDEN WINS THE GAME WITH MAJOR NRL DEAL

  • Holden signs a three year, multimillion dollar deal with the National Rugby League to sponsor State of Origin, Kangaroos and the Holden Cup (U20’s Competition)

  • Signing the deal signals the resurgence of the Holden brand – first major football sponsorship in over 15 years

  • Deal comes as Holden is set to release the new VF Commodore and significantly upgraded Cruze this year – both built in Australia

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describe the imageAUSSIES CREATE A DIGITAL HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Optus research reveals Australians plan to take more than four devices away on holiday to ring in the New Year

 

It seems the nation’s gadget obsession continues, especially as we head into the new year. Optus research[1] reveals that while 50 per cent of Aussies claim they would love to have a holiday free from all digital devices, almost a third are stressed by the thought of leaving home without their gadgets.

 

As a result, the average Australian family is planning to take more than four devices like mobiles, cameras, laptops and music players away on holiday. Despite dreaming of a digital-free holiday, more than half of us (58 per cent) don’t feel comfortable leaving for holidays without our devices, while 46 per cent think it would be quite boring to go away without them.

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describe the imageTHE PAINFUL TRUTH OF SHINGLES REVEALED IN NEW AUSTRALIAN SURVEY

  • Shingles pain feels like “nerve endings on fire” according to most surveyed
  • Survey shows those with persistent pain twice as likely to report a negative outlook on life
  • Ongoing pain from shingles difficult to treat and may persist for years
  • Pain groups and clinicians call for better public understanding of persistent pain as a result of shingles

A new survey has revealed the painful truth of shingles for thousands of older Australians. The ongoing pain many experience for months, if not years, following the shingles rash has a profound effect on their wellbeing and ability to participate actively in society.

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describe the imageAUSSIES TO GIVE THE GIFT OF DATA THIS YEAR

  • Optus predicts a 78% peak increase year on year in mobile data prior to Christmas
  • Research reveals one in three will give a digital gift for the holidays

New research from Optus[1] reveals one in three Australians are shying away from traditional presents under the tree, choosing instead to give digital gifts like app cards, digital music vouchers and e-books.

Despite the growing popularity of digital gifting, 87 per cent of Australians think digital gifts aren’t as personal as wrapped presents. The majority (90 per cent) feel that not as much thought goes into buying gift cards.

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KIDS LOGO2WORLD FIRST - LOCAL RESEARCHERS SEEK TO PREVENT TYPE 1 DIABETES WITH CORD BLOOD

Australian researchers at the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in a world first will investigate the potential to prevent or delay the onset type 1 diabetes  in high risk children using cord blood.

Led by Associate Professor Maria Craig, the CoRD (Cord Reinfusion in Diabetes) study will assess whether giving cord blood to a child at high risk of developing diabetes prevents the onset of the disease.  The cord blood is the child’s own – collected from the umbilical cord and placenta at birth and stored.

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describe the imageDVT - FIRST ORAL ANTI-CLOTTING THERAPY TO BE PBS LISTED FOR TREATMENT OF DVT IN APRROX 50 YEARS

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2012

XARELTO, one of the first oral anti-clotting agents made available in approximately 50 years, has received Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing, from 1 December 2012, for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and the prevention of recurrent DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE),1 a clot in the lungs.

XARELTO is the first oral, single-drug approach to be made available for the treatment of DVT and the prevention of recurrent DVT and PE,1 a condition affecting thousands of Australians every year.2

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Dr Huyen Tran, Haematologist at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

 

describe the imageNEW RESEARCH SHOWS KRISTIAN ANDERSON'S PROFOUND IMPACT ON 1 IN 4 AUSTRALIANS


This December it will be two years since Kristian Anderson walked onto the stage at the Opera House with Oprah Winfrey where he came to the attention of Australians with his bowel cancer battle. As a result of his tireless work and his passing in January we were aware of Kristian’s impact, but were unable to quantify it – until now.

New research shows that 1 in 4 Australians remember the legacy of Kristian Anderson, the Australian who campaigned for early detection and access to new treatments for bowel cancer.

Kristian Anderson courageously fought against the disease and became famous for a YouTube tribute he created for his wife Rachel Anderson in 2010.

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describe the imageVOLKSWAGEN TEAMS UP WITH THE WIGGLES TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

BIG RED CAR AUCTION NOW LIVE !!

8th December 2012: The auction of The Wiggles’ skivvy red Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is now live, with Australians able to place their bids for the iconic vehicle until 9pm Sunday, 17th December.

The results of the auction will be announced during The Wiggles’ final Sydney shows in their Celebration Tour with all funds raised going to SIDS and Kids, a charity The Wiggles have supported for the last 21 years.

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McDONALD’S ASK MACQUARIE DICTIONARY PUBLISHERS TO INCLUDE MACCA’S IN THEIR NEXT UPDATE

 With one in two Australians reporting they call McDonald’s, Macca’s[1], McDonald’s Australia is calling on Macquarie Dictionary Publishers to include the popular abbreviation in the 2012 update of their online version. The bid for Macca’s to be included in the dictionary is supported by nearly a third (29%) of Australians.

According to a national survey of Australians, 55% of Aussies reported Macca’s was their preferred brand ‘Australianism’, beating the likes of Woolies (Woolworths), DJs (David Jones) and Vegie (Vegemite). When it came to broader ‘Australianisms’, Macca’s was the second most recognised, at 31%, just behind footy at 32%.

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