LIFELINE ASKS MEDIA TO ENSURE ALL REPORTING OF DROUGHT INCLUDES SERVICE PROVIDER INFORMATION
Lifeline understands the media has an important role to highlight the concerns afflicting many rural Australian communities.  We appreciate those in the media who are covering distressing situations in order to ensure support can be provided.  However, can we please remind reporters and editors that when covering such situations, you ensure that all reports include the services available to assist those in crisis and how to access them.  Thank you, as always, for your assistance.

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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



#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.