Diary Note - LIFELINE AUSTRALIA AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT / NATIONAL SUICIDE DATA RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY SEPT 26
National suicide data will be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday September 26. Lifeline Australia representatives will be available for comment. Lifeline operates Australia’s largest suicide prevention crisis helpline.  It has been providing support to Australians in crisis for over 55 years, bringing hope to Australians doing it tough and ultimately saving lives. Over the last year, Lifeline received almost 1 million contacts from Australians in crisis. 

LET'S HAVE A PUBLIC HOLIDAY OF OUR OWN / CITIZENS DAY
Australia should replace royal birthdays with a public holiday of our own.  In 2019, Australian governments should join together with a new ‘Citizens Day’ holiday in September to strengthen Australian citizenship.  This could build on existing activities for the anniversary of the Australian Citizenship Act in September 1948.  Australians are not subjects - we are citizens.



IT'S MEN'S SHED WEEK / (Sun 23 - Sun 30 September) / CELEBRATING MATES
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is calling attention to the benefits of mateship across the Men’s Shed community this Men’s Shed Week (23 – 30 September). Men’s Shed Week is an annual event to highlight the contributions of Men’s Sheds to their members’ health and wellbeing and to the wider community.
 
 
 
 
 
AIHW REPORT: DEATHS IN OUR DEFENCE FORCES
Two reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) examine causes of death among Australia’s military community. The first takes a detailed look at all causes of death among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, with a second report providing the first annual update to high-level information on suicide rates in these groups.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



VOTING UNDERWAY TO IDENTIFY AUSTRALIA'S FAVOURITE CELEBRITY BEARD
Voting to decide the overall winner of Australia’s Sexiest Celebrity Beard is now underway.  Over 3,700 readers took part in the online survey to set the Top 20. Surprise inclusions in the hot 20 are food critic Matt Preston and actor Shane Jacobson, whereas the other Hemsworth heartthrob Liam, celeb trainer Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis and silver fox TV host Dr Andrew Rochford missed the cut.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

HOW OLD CAN WE GO?
A century ago, the average life expectancy was closer to half-a-century.  Getting to 50 was a good knock.   Fast forward to 2018, and Australians are living (on average) into their 80s.  So how old can we go?  Researchers are divided on the limits we can reach.