*Strictly Embargoed until 1am Friday August 3rd - AIHW REPORT: HOMELESS IN PLAIN SIGHT
First-of-its-kind report shines a spotlight on Australia’s ‘rough sleepers’
On Census night in 2016, around 8,200 Australians were ‘sleeping rough’—living on the streets, sleeping in parks, squatting, staying in cars or living in improvised dwellings. For the first time, a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides insights into this complex and vulnerable group in our society. The report uses 4 years of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) data to build a comprehensive picture of this group, the challenges they face and the services they use.
 

HOW NATURE HAS INSPIRED OUR TECH
We live in a high-tech world, with new and powerful devices and connections morphing our lifestyles into something that would have seemed sci-fi fantasy just a generation ago.  But the hardware and concepts driving this change are not always crunched from a computer or an algorithm.   Some of the biggest breakthroughs have been inspired by nature.
 
 
 
 



AIHW REPORT: DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIPS MATTER ... BUT SOME AUSTRALIANS ARE MISSING OUT
Nearly all Australians have a usual general practitioner (GP) or usual place where they receive care, with a new report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) highlighting the importance of these relationships and how they impact a patient’s perceptions of the quality of care they have received. 
 
TASMANIAN LOCAL NAMED 'LIFELINE AUSTRALIA’S VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR”
Lifeline Australia has announced Tasmanian local, David Hayden, as the 2018 recipient of the Mary Parsissons Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. Chair of Lifeline Australia, Mr John Brogden AM, presented the award last night in Canberra, in recognition of Mr Hayden’s 24 years of service to Lifeline.  Mr Brogden noted that Mr Hayden has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the charity’s vision of an Australia free of suicide through his extensive volunteering with our 13 11 14 crisis support line.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



#YouCanTalk ABOUT SUICIDE ... AND SAVE LIVES
In an Australian first, leading mental health and suicide prevention organisations are joining forces to support the general public to talk openly about suicide with their friends and family in a bid to save more lives.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

A-C-T-U ENDORSES AUSTRALIAN REPUBLIC
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has endorsed the need for an Australian as Australia’s Head of State - backing the position held by a majority of Australians. The ACTU has taken a principled position on the basis of equal rights: that discrimination against Australians should be eliminated; in our workplaces and in our Constitution.