Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

Last-minute review offers hope for seniors on Federal Government in-home care packages

abc.net.au — Posted May 22, 2015 18:31:18 Seniors set to lose out when their federally funded in-home care schemes are changed in July have received a last-minute reprieve. About 60,000 seniors currently receive government-funded in-home care. From July 1, seniors on Home Care Packages are set to have their cover changed to the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) scheme.

NDIS citizens' jury finds scheme successful so far, but with work to do

abc.net.au — Posted May 16, 2015 08:09:33 The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been put to the test and the verdict is in. Last February, a citizens' jury spent four days examining the NDIS and 12 randomly selected people spent three days hearing from NDIS participants in the scheme's trial sites.

Budget 2015: Childcare package overshadowed by concerns over proposed cuts to paid parental leave scheme

abc.net.au — Posted May 13, 2015 13:29:06 Proposed cuts to the paid parental leave (PPL) scheme to help cover the Government's $3.5 billion childcare package have been met with concern by parents. At Melbourne's Alfred Child Care Centre parent Blair Hobbs told the ABC, as he dropped off his young daughter Macy, the cuts would be a serious challenge for his family.

Thousands of seniors on nationally funded at-home care packages to be forced to pay more or move into nursing homes

abc.net.au — Posted May 09, 2015 08:10:10 Seniors on Federal Government in-home care plans have been told they will have to pay more or consider moving into nursing homes if their services are cut when they are forced on to new packages in July.

My internet hell (part two): there is no escape

abc.net.au — Posted May 04, 2015 09:02:32 Not content to live indefinitely with subpar internet speeds, and with no NBN contractors in sight, Norman Hermant was down to one last shot. The enemy. Telstra. When I last checked in, some readers will recall that when I moved to West Footscray, in Melbourne, I found myself saddled with slow-mo West African internet speeds.

Affordable housing system 'broken' as more Australians struggle to pay rent than ever before, Anglicare says

abc.net.au — Posted April 30, 2015 00:15:42 More Australians than ever are struggling to pay the rent, according to new figures released by Anglicare Australia. The organisation's annual Rental Affordability Snapshot showed a severe shortage of affordable rental housing with low income Australians being hit the hardest.

Young Social Pioneers: Nation's brightest selected for mentorship, chance at $10,000 grant for tech start-up

abc.net.au — Posted April 26, 2015 13:19:54 Fifty of Australia's brightest young social entrepreneurs have been selected by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) to receive mentorship and a shot at seed money to make their ideas a reality. More than 800 entries from the FYA's Innovation Nation campaign have been whittled down to the 50 participants chosen for the Young Social Pioneers program.

Concerns growing over dramatic changes in home care set to hit thousands of pensioners, seniors

abc.net.au — Updated April 18, 2015 18:41:57 A significant shake-up of government funded stay-at-home care schemes for the elderly is set to hit thousands of pensioners and seniors across the country on July 1. All 72,000 people receiving care under Home Care Packages (HCP) will be switched to a new model, Consumer Directed Care (CDC), in a dramatic shift that has divided recipients and peak bodies.

Sexual abuse survivors need greater access to psychological care under Medicare, groups say

abc.net.au — Posted April 11, 2015 11:48:37 Sexual abuse support groups say much more needs to be done to increase access for survivors to help under Medicare, although the Government says the psychological care needed by sexual abuse survivors is in place. Counselling has been a welcome resource for Bob O'Toole.

My slow motion journey to truly awful internet

abc.net.au — Posted March 18, 2015 13:55:31 I thought I had moved to West Footscray, not West Africa, but judging by my internet speeds I am not so sure. Who knew it was an internet wasteland just 9.5km from the Melbourne CBD, writes Norman Hermant. I moved last month.
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May 25, 2015

@iiNet 2/2. Danyal Z. "I represent brand, want you to have positive image of co." I do - thank you! @DanyalZaal pic.twitter.com/8q3fydM3kA

May 25, 2015

@iiNet 1/2 Great customer relations from Danyal Z. Due to poor @Telstra infrastructure - had to cancel ADSL service. pic.twitter.com/KbeQ0gDOJU

May 24, 2015

By the way, does that bulky pack on my back get in the way on a crowded train? You bet. Think people! @metrotrains pic.twitter.com/44EbOnM7Wv

May 24, 2015

Hey @globeandmail - FYI your new app has now failed to load for two days. Can we please go back to the old one now? It actually worked.

May 24, 2015

RT @PercyKaren: @abcnewsMelb does the CEO of Darebin Council really get paid as much as the Premier of Victoria? Wow!

May 23, 2015

Hey #Ireland - Bienvenue le club. What took you so long? And - anytime you're ready, #Australia... pic.twitter.com/D5hkMU4XyQ

May 23, 2015

Dinner tonight from Jim Wong's in #Footscray. Jim is apparently a bit of a Footscray legend - he even has fans. pic.twitter.com/QDaGGVvyqv

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