LIFELINE: SUICIDE INCREASE BY 9.1% OVER THE LAST YEAR – GOVERNMENT MUST SET TARGETS FOR SUICIDE REDUCTION
National suicide data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today showed a 9.1% increase in the number of lives lost to suicide in Australia over the last year. Lifeline Chairman, John Brogden, today called on the Federal Government to set a national target to achieve 25% suicide reduction over 5 years.
THE STEM CELL RACE & WHAT PART OF YOU WE CAN SAVE FIRST
We’ve been waiting 20 years for human embryonic stem cells to deliver spare parts. Putting the ethical debate to one side, few can argue against the benefits this could bring – especially it if might save their own life or that of a loved one. Big advances have been made, but it all depends on the ‘spare part’ you might require.
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.
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.
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.